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Qaeda takes two Syrian bases in major blow to regime

Damascus - Militants linked to Al-Qaeda dealt a major blow to Syria's regime on Monday by seizing two key army bases within hours, giving them control over most of Idlib province.

Op-Ed: Southern Syria a different story from the media narrative Special

Most of the media focus on Syria these days is to do with the violence of Islamic State. They control large areas in the north and east of the country. In the south however, there is a different situation.

Syria accuses Israel of bombing Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of bombing its main international airport as the UN announced talks with rebel leaders on a ceasefire in its war-battered second city of Aleppo.

Syrian regime, opposition edge towards new peace talks

Damascus - The Syrian regime and several key opponents have agreed to move towards new peace talks mediated by Russia, sources on both sides told AFP.

Op-Ed: Battle with IS for Syrian border city of Kobani intensifies

Damascus - While the Islamic State appears to have suffered significant casualties in the long conflict over the Syrian town Kobani( or Kobane) on the border with Turkey the Kurdish troops in the town appear to be at a disadvantage at present.

War in Syria forces Aleppo merchants from souk to street

Aleppo - Once-proud shop owners in Aleppo's picturesque old city market, the merchants of Syria's former economic capital now live on a pittance selling goods on pavements and stalls.

Christians hold out in Syria's Aleppo despite jihadist threat

Aleppo - Tens of thousands of Christians have fled Syria's war-wracked second city Aleppo but many others are determined to hold out despite their dread of Islamic State jihadists.

Syria regime raids on Islamic State 'capital' kill 95

Damascus - Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russia Wednesday on relaunching peace negotiations.

Syria air strikes on IS 'capital' kill 63 people

Damascus - A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.

Buses brave 'road of fear' in Syria's divided Aleppo

Aleppo - At dawn Syrian civil servants Abu Asaad and Abu Abdo each begin their commutes across the war-torn city of Aleppo, a once-short journey that now takes 10 hours.

Today is National Unfriend Day on Facebook

A new trend that is now making people take long looks at their friend list and deleting those "extra" friends. With the encouragement of privacy and security, Today is National Unfriend Day. It reminds us all that cleaning your friend list is a good idea.

IS executes nearly 1,500 people in Syria in 5 months: monitor

Damascus - The jihadist Islamic State group (IS) has executed nearly 1,500 people in Syria in the five months since it declared the establishment of a "caliphate", a monitoring group said Monday.

ISIS and Al Qaeda strike up alliance in Syria

A report from Associated Press sources says that after a year or more of fighting each other, Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Jabhat al-Nusra Front and ISIS have reached an agreement to stop hostilities and work together.

Op-Ed: U.S. may be planning to oust Assad in Syria and then defeat IS

Washington - The Obama administration is now reviewing its strategy for fighting the Islamic State.The strategy in Syria has been to bomb the Islamic State positions but also those of the Nusra Front the Al-Qaeda-linked group that often cooperates with other rebels.

Assad responds favorably to UN peace proposal

Aleppo - The UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura reports that Syria has responded positively to a UN proposal to suspend fighting in the city of Aleppo.

Assad says ready to study UN plan to 'freeze' Aleppo fighting

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday he was ready to study a UN plan to "freeze" fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, a statement from his office said.

Jihadists using tourist cruise ships to reach Syria

Interpol has announced that jihadists are using ever more imaginative ways to get to Syria. There is evidence that some of the militants are now posing as tourists and booking on cruise ships in the Mediterranean which dock on the Middle East coast.

Western-backed Syrian rebels surrender to Al-Qaeda group

Damascus - Two of the main moderate rebel groups who had received weapons from the US have surrendered to the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front after defeats in battle.There are reports that Islamic State forces joined the Nusra Front in at least one attack.

Op-Ed: How did Syria get this way? Special

The conflict in Syria is now in its fourth year. A once beautiful country has been torn apart, yet despite all this the people remain some of the warmest and most reslient I have ever met. This is a photo essay of my time in the country last year.

Op-Ed: The rudiments of a de-facto aerial umbrella over Syria's east

As the Syrian regime focuses its sights on opposition groups in the country's north, west and south Syria's east may eventually become the first "safe-zone" against the Assad regime.
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