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Two months of Russia raids in Syria kill 1,500: Monitor

Birut - Russian air strikes in support of the Syrian government have killed more than 1,500 people, a third of them civilians, since they began two months ago, a monitor said Monday.

IS executes 3,500 in Syria since declaring 'caliphate': monitor

Birut - The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its "caliphate" in June last year, a monitor said Sunday.

At least 18 civilians killed in Syria air strikes: Monitor

Birut - At least 18 civilians were killed and 40 wounded in "probably Russian" air strikes on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a monitoring group said.

Sirens ring out as air strikes hit IS Syria stronghold

Birut - In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say.

US soldiers in Syria to back anti-IS Kurds: Kurdish sources

Birut - US soldiers are in Kobane, the town in northern Syria nearly destroyed in fierce fighting with the Islamic State group, to train Kurdish forces to battle the jihadists, Kurdish sources said Thursday.

Rebels kill Russia pilot, down chopper: Syria opposition, monitor

Birut - One Russian pilot of a warplane downed by Turkey in Syria on Tuesday was killed by rebels and the second is missing after they both parachuted, rebel and opposition sources said.

Syria, Russia foreign ministers set Moscow talks: Damascus

Birut - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem will meet in Moscow Friday for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, an advisor to Syria's president told AFP.

One Russian pilot of downed jet dead, second missing: sources

Birut - One Russian pilot of a plane downed by Turkey over northern Syria on Tuesday is dead and a second is missing, rebel and opposition activist sources told AFP.

Russia pounds IS as manoeuvres force flight rerouting

Birut - Russia has bombed the Islamic State group in the heaviest strikes in eastern Syria since the war began, as its military manoeuvres in the Mediterranean forced Lebanon to reroute flights.

Heavy Syria air strikes kill 8, destroy oil tankers: monitor

Birut - At least eight people were killed in at least 50 air strikes on Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province Friday, during which dozens of oil tankers were destroyed, a monitor said.

Russian strikes in Syria kill more than 1,300: Monitor

Birut - More than 1,300 people, around two-thirds of them combatants, have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria since Moscow's aerial campaign began on September 30, a monitor said Friday.

U.S. pushes Syria peace process after Assad rejects timetable

Birut - The US was pushing to keep Syria's peace process alive, saying President Bashar al-Assad's future will be decided in the coming weeks, after the embattled leader rejected an ambitious timetable to cede power.

Hopes for Syria peace dim after Assad, Obama remarks

Birut - Hopes for a quick political transition in war-ravaged Syria dimmed Thursday as embattled President Bashar al-Assad threw cold water on an ambitious timetable agreed at international talks in Vienna.

IS 'executes' Chinese, Norwegian hostages as bastion pounded

Birut - The Islamic State group said it had killed two hostages, one Chinese and a Norwegian, as French and Russian air strikes on its Syrian stronghold reportedly left 33 fighters dead.

IS 'executes' Chinese, Norwegian hostages as bastion pounded

Birut - The Islamic State group said Wednesday it had killed a Chinese and a Norwegian hostage, as French and Russian air strikes on its Syrian stronghold were reported to have left 33 fighters dead.

France, Russia raids on Syria kill 33 IS jihadists

Birut - French and Russian air raids were reported Wednesday to have killed 33 Islamic State group fighters in their Syrian stronghold Raqa, in a barrage of strikes after the jihadist attacks in Paris.

US-led strikes destroy 116 IS fuel trucks in east Syria

Birut - Strikes by the US-led air coalition fighting the Islamic State group destroyed 116 fuel trucks used by the jihadist organisation in eastern Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Coalition strikes pound IS 'capital' in Syria, oil tankers

Birut - US-led coalition warplanes have pounded the Islamic State group in Syria after the Paris attacks, with French raids hitting IS stronghold Raqa and another strike destroying dozens of the jihadists' oil tankers.

Vienna plan 'unrealistic,' Syrian opposition warns

Birut - Syrian opposition members said Sunday an ambitious plan by world powers for a political transition in their war-ravaged country was unrealistic, though some reacted with cautious optimism.

Lebanon arrests 11 over Beirut bombings

Birut - Lebanon has arrested 11 people, mostly Syrians, over last week's Beirut bombings that killed 44 people, an attack whose original target was a hospital, officials said on Sunday.
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