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ISIS leader reportedly bans gruesome execution videos

After months of being subjected to videos online of gruesome beheadings and other horrible atrocities by ISIS followers, the leader of the Islamic State has apparently decided to put an end to the release of such films.

ISIS capabilities increasing with use of chemical mortar shells

ISIS has become an even greater threat to the world with the discovery of an unexploded shell fired by the militant group in Iraq last month. The device is crude, and explains the reason it didn't explode on impact.

Op-Ed: Islamic Front leaders killed in attack in Syria

Idlib - In a pair of suicide bombings in the town of Idlib, Abu Salqeen, the leader of Ahrar al-Sham, and six other members were killed including senior figures. Other top figures were among those killed.

Syria's Assad praises Iran deal as 'great victory'

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulated key ally Iran on reaching a nuclear deal with world powers on Tuesday, calling the agreement a "great victory".

Huge regime bombs kill 28 in IS-held Syria town: monitor

Aleppo - Syria's regime killed at least 28 people, mostly civilians, on Saturday when its warplanes dropped massive makeshift bombs on a town held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.

Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo's fiercest fighting

Aleppo - Two alliances of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but losing ground in others, in some of the fiercest fighting in the city since the conflict began.

Report: Over 3,000 executed in first year of ISIS 'caliphate'

According to a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS, in the first year since it established a "caliphate," has executed 3,027 people, including 74 children and 143 of their own members.

Syria air strikes 'kill 28'

Damascus - At least 28 people were killed Tuesday in Syrian government air strikes on a village in northwestern Idlib province and a suburb of Damascus, a monitor said.

Turkey may invade Syria to create buffer zone

Ankara - Turkish president Recep Erdogan, in an anti-Kurdish speech, said that he would not allow the formation of a separate Kurdish state in Syria. There are reports he is ordering the military to carve out a buffer zone to prevent IS and Kurdish advances.

The Assad regime's #SummerinSyria campaign seriously backfired

This week, Syria's official news agency sent out a tweet encouraging Syrian Twitter users to post their favorite summer photos, tagging them with the hashtag #SummerinSyria.

ISIS has its own currency

The Islamic State (ISIS) apparently has its own minted currency. At least that is what a series of photos that have been making rounds online suggests.

U.S. pays Syrian rebels up to $400 per month to fight IS

Washington - The US is now paying the rebels it is training to fight Islamic State militants in Syria. Training of the first 90 fighters began in May.

Fears after Islamic State group mines Syria's Palmyra

Damascus - Islamic State group jihadists have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria's Palmyra, an antiquities official and monitor said Sunday, prompting fears for the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hezbollah claims to have killed two Islamic State commanders

Beirut - Al-Manar TV operated by Hezbollah reports that two Islamic State commanders together with at least seven other militants were killed on the outskirts of the northeastern Lebanese border town of Arsal in two separate attacks.

UN envoy condemns Syria civilian deaths at end of trip

Damascus - The United Nations peace envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, ended a three-day trip to Damascus Wednesday, condemning the deaths of civilians in both government and rebel fire.

Dozens dead as Syria army, rebels trade fire around Damascus

Damascus - At least 33 people were killed in the Damascus region as the army bombarded a rebel-held town and the rebels fired rockets into the capital, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

20 dead, 100 wounded in rebel fire on Aleppo: Syria TV

Damascus - At least 20 people were killed and 100 wounded on Monday in Syrian rebel rocket fire on government-held parts of the city of Aleppo, Syrian state media said.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry out of hospital following surgery

Boston - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Friday to be "fully engaged" in nuclear talks with Iran when he returns to Geneva after surgery on his fractured leg.

Syria army 'regains control of southern airbase'

Damascus - Syrian army troops regained full control of an airbase in southern Sweida province on Friday, a day after rebels overran large parts of it, a monitor said.

Syria rebels seize most of Sweida military airport: spokesman

Damascus - Syrian rebels seized most of a military airport in regime-controlled Sweida province on Thursday and shot down a warplane nearby, a spokesman told AFP.
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