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'Army of Conquest' rebel alliance pressures Syria regime

Birut - A new rebel alliance calling itself the Army of Conquest has seized key positions in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in recent weeks, including the provincial capital.

Air raids on market kill 40 as Syria regime hits back

Birut - Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.

Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout in northwest Syria

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's coastal heartland to rebel attack.

In exile, Syrian Armenians feel echoes of genocide

Birut - For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma.

More than 220,000 dead in Syria conflict: monitor

Birut - The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday.

Millions of Middle East children out of school, UN warns

Birut - Poverty, gender discrimination and violence are keeping more than 12 million children in the Middle East out of school, despite efforts to expand education, the UN children's agency warned Wednesday.

Blast, fierce clashes rock Syrian regime Aleppo base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate led a fierce assault on an intelligence base in Aleppo city Monday night after regime attacks on civilian infrastructure in the city forced rebels to shut schools.

Five children dead in strike on school in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - A Syrian regime air strike hit a school in the main northern city of Aleppo on Sunday killing five children and four other civilians, a monitoring group said.

At least 35 civilians killed in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - At least 35 civilians were killed on Saturday as government forces and rebel fighters exchanged fire in Syria's main northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

Middle East political rivalries stoke dangerous sectarianism

Birut - Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.

IS 'executes at least 37 civilians' in central Syria

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group Tuesday executed at least 37 civilians, including two children, in a raid on a regime-held village in Hama province of central Syria, a monitor said.

Syria regime executed prisoners before Idlib fall: Monitor

Birut - Syrian government forces apparently executed at least 15 prisoners in the city of Idlib before Islamist fighters overran the provincial capital, a monitor said on Sunday.

Qaeda, allies seize Syria's Idlib city in blow to regime

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, only the second provincial capital to be lost by the regime in more than four years of war.

Islamists capture Syria regime helicopter crew

Birut - Islamist rebels captured four crew members of a regime helicopter which crashed in Idlib province of northwest Syria on Sunday, while a fifth serviceman was killed, a monitor said.

Radioactive Maxi pads seized at airport

Beirut - The 30 boxes of maxi pads seized at Beirut airport Friday contained a level of radioactivity 35 times higher than is considered safe, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil announced.

45 dead in attacks on Syria Kurds celebrating new year

Birut - Forty-five people, including five children, were killed in attacks on Syrian Kurds as they celebrated their new year, a monitor said Saturday, accusing the Islamic State group of responsibility.

More than 100 killed in Syria attacks

Birut - More than 100 people were killed in Syria in 24 hours of violence after Islamic State fighters attacked regime troops and a suicide bomber caused carnage at Kurdish new year celebrations, a monitor said Friday.

Assyrians struggle in Lebanon after fleeing IS jihadists

Birut - Waiting in an aid line outside Lebanon's capital Beirut, Assyrian Christian Francie Yaacoub remembers the well-stocked home she left behind in Syria as she fled advancing Islamic State group jihadists."We left behind a house full of everything.

Syria enters fifth year of bloody civil conflict

Birut - Syria's conflict entered its fifth year on Sunday with the regime emboldened by shifting international attention, and a growing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the rise of the Islamic State group.

U.S.-led raids on IS in Syria after Kurdish plea: monitor

Birut - The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group launched air strikes against the jihadists in a key Syrian village overnight after Kurdish forces appealed for action, a monitor said Saturday.
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