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Fate of UN peacekeepers in Syrian Golan unclear

- UN peacekeepers caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights were evacuated Saturday as the fate of 44 colleagues captured by Syrian rebels remained uncertain.

Kerry urges global 'coalition' to fight IS jihadists

Damascus - US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat the Islamic State jihadist group and their "genocidal agenda".

UK raises alert level as Syria refugees top 3 million

Damascus - Britain raised its terror alert level Friday over fears of possible jihadist attacks as the United Nations said the number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million.

Op-Ed: Open season for terrorism as ISIS fix still a work in progress

The crisis in Syria and Iraq has seen "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with one in every two Syrians forced to run from their homes and towns. That is over three million people.

Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

Damascus - The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists.

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still does not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked t...

Obama says 'no strategy yet' as IS executes Syrian troops

Damascus - US President Barack Obama admitted Thursday that he still did not have a strategy to fight Islamic State jihadists in Syria, as the militants boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops -- the latest in a string of atrocities that have shocked th...

IS executes scores of Syrian troops in new atrocity

Damascus - Islamic State jihadists boasted Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base, the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world.

U.S. rules out coordination with Syria as it spies on jihadists

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

U.S. spies on jihadists — Rules out coordination with Syria

Damascus - The United States has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria to track Islamic State jihadists but insisted Tuesday it has "no plans" to coordinate with Syria on targeting the militants.

Op-Ed: Silver lining of ISIS terror may be dialogue with Iran, Russia

The rise of ISIS has created strange bedfellows: With airstrikes on ISIS renegades, the U.S. is now on the same side as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the leaders of Iran. Could a silver lining of ISIS terror be dialogue with Iran?

US to track jihadists in Syria with spy planes

Damascus - The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

Op-Ed: US contemplating extension of attacks on IS into Syria

Washington D.c. - The US is not only escalating its bombing activities to help the Kurds and central government in Iraq, it is now beginning to talk of the necessity of attacking IS in Syria as well.

Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

London - Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.

Syria war toll tops 191,000 says UN

Damascus - The death toll from the war in Syria has topped 191,000, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, criticising "international paralysis" on the conflict where jihadists have established a foothold.

Syria troops retake most of key Damascus suburb: NGO

Damascus - Syrian government forces have retaken most of a key Damascus suburb they have been fighting for months to recapture from rebel forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Have Iraq's 'devil worshippers' pulled off new Great Escape

Sinjar - Teams of U.S. forces landed on Mount 4,448-foot Sinjar in Iraq in a sort of a modern day Moses-like mission to rescue thousands of non-Muslims considered devil worshippers.

Syrian family among 10 killed in Aleppo air raid: NGO

Aleppo - Syrian regime forces dumped barrel bombs on a rebel-held area of Aleppo killing 10 civilians, including a family of four, a monitoring group said.

Op-Ed: Obama sends Air Force to aid Iraqi Christians

Sinjar - President Barack Obama, risking yet another attack for trying to clean up the Bush Administration’s mess in Iraq, has sent planes to drop food and other supplies to Christians fleeing Sunni Muslims.

Social media, terrorism and counter-terrorism

A new and disturbing trend has popped up which a few journalists have followed; terrorists using social media to their advantage. Twitter is their favorite platform at the moment.
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