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Syria rebel beheading of child sparks outrage

Aleppo - Syrian residents and the opposition expressed outrage on Wednesday at the brutal beheading of a child by a rebel group in Aleppo city, branding it a "heinous act".

Fear in Syria's rebel-held Aleppo as regime lays siege

Aleppo - Civilians in rebel-held parts of Syria's Aleppo expressed fears Monday of a lengthy government siege, as food supplies dwindled after regime troops seized the only road into the city's east.

Syrian regime besiege rebel parts of Aleppo

Aleppo - Syrian government forces Sunday besieged rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo after severing the last supply route into eastern areas, sparking concern for tens of thousands of civilians.

Air raids kill at least 28 civilians in Syria's Aleppo

Aleppo - Air raids on rebel-held districts of Syria's battleground second city of Aleppo killed at least 28 civilians including children on Saturday, a monitor said.

Journalist Colvin 'responsible' for own death, says Syria's Assad

Damascus - A US reporter killed in alleged Syrian government bombardment of a rebel district in 2012 was "responsible" for her own death, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Thursday.

In Syria's Tartus, displaced work fields of farmers at war

Tartus - When the farmers of Syria's Tartus province went off to war, their famed tomato vines were left to wither.

Queues for food in Syria's rebel Aleppo after route cut

Aleppo - In a rebel-held neighbourhood in the east of Syria's second city Aleppo, more than 100 people are lined up outside a bakery, hoping to get a daily ration of bread.

Rebels launch fierce assault in Syria's divided Aleppo

Aleppo - Rebel fighters launched a major assault on government-held districts of Syria's long-divided Aleppo on Monday, after the regime severed their only remaining supply route into the battleground city.

Rebel-held Aleppo fears shortages after Syria regime advance

Aleppo - Residents of rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday faced food and fuel shortages after a Syrian government advance cut the opposition's last supply route into the city.

Syria declares 72-hour ceasefire during Eid

Damascus - The Syrian army said Wednesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country for the holidays marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Syria's Assad makes rare appearance outside capital for Eid

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad joined Eid al-Fitr prayers at a mosque in third city Homs on Wednesday in a rare public appearance outside the capital for the end-of-Ramadan holiday.

First aid convoy to two besieged Syria towns since 2012

Damascus - A convoy of food and medicine entered two besieged Syrian towns near Damascus on Wednesday, the first aid delivered to them since 2012, the International Committee of the Red Cross told AFP.

IS repels US-backed Syria rebel offensive on Iraq route

Alep - The Islamic State group pushed back an offensive by US-trained Syrian rebels on a key route linking jihadist territory in eastern Syria to Iraq, a monitor said Wednesday.

Frugal Ramadan for cash-strapped Damascenes

Damascus - This Ramadan, a radio station in Syria's capital Damascus presented cash-strapped listeners with a challenge: plan a meal to break the fast for just $3.Diala Hasan's cooking show on Sham FM used to feature recipes for sumptuous Ramadan feasts.

Russia planes pound Aleppo as Syria army closes in

Aleppo - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said.

US-backed Syria fighters edge into IS border hub

Aleppo - US-backed fighters edged further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, threatening a key stop on the jihadists' lifeline from Turkey to their "caliphate" in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

IS snipers, car bombs await U.S.-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij

Sham - As a knot of US-backed Syrian fighters advanced gingerly into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, the crack of a jihadist sniper round forced them to take cover behind a bullet-riddled wall.

Syria's Assad names new prime minister

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.

Islamic State counter-attacks regain some ground in Syria

Damascus - The recent US-backed offensive against the IS-held strategic city of Manbij was reported as having reached the edge of the city. However on the morning of June 20, the offensive suffered a serious setback.

UN marks refugee day in Syria, from where millions have fled

Damascus - United Nations agencies marked World Refugee Day on Sunday in Syria, a country from which millions have fled a five-year civil war.Some refugees from other countries have decided to stay in Syria despite the devastating conflict.
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