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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.

Nearly 13,000 killed by regime torture in Syria war: Monitor

Birut - Nearly 13,000 Syrians, including 108 children, have been tortured to death in regime prisons since the uprising began in March 2011, a monitoring group said Friday.

Syria's Assad tightens grip after four years of war

Birut - Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.

International community 'failing Syria': rights groups

Birut - More than 20 human rights groups issued a joint plea Thursday for the international community to take responsibility for suffering civilians as Syria's civil war approaches its fifth year.

Syria's Assad tightens grip after four years of war

Birut - Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.

IS in major assault on Syria border town

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group launched a major offensive Wednesday to try to capture a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, sparking fierce clashes with Kurdish militia, a monitor said.

IS claims execution of Arab Israeli accused of spying: Video

Birut - The Islamic State released a video Tuesday purporting to show a young boy executing an Arab Israeli who it claimed infiltrated the group in Syria to spy for the Jewish state.

Promises of love, jobs for foreign recruits in IS 'utopia'

Birut - It has become known for horrific images of beheadings and torture, but the Islamic State group is trying to lure foreign recruits to its "caliphate" with promises of adventure, homes, jobs -- even love.

Heavy fighting in Aleppo as opposition eyes 'new strategy'

Birut - Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.

Syrian, Kurdish forces battle IS in key border area

Birut - Syrian regime forces and Kurdish militia fought separate battles with the Islamic State group on Monday in a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, a monitoring group said.

Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Birut - Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.

Dozens dead as Qaeda militants in Syria seize rebel base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.
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