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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.

Syria rebels overrun key army base in new regime setback

Damascus - An alliance of Syrian rebel forces seized a key army base in the south of the country in a new setback for the regime's embattled troops.

More than 230,000 killed in Syria conflict: monitor

Damascus - Syria's brutal conflict has left more than 230,000 people dead including almost 11,500 children since it broke out in 2011, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

US-led raids hit IS battling rebels, Qaeda in Syria

Damascus - US-led aircraft bombed Islamic State group fighters as they battled rival Syrian rebels, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, for the first time, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Syrian rebels, Qaeda 'advance on regime in Idlib province'

Damascus - A rebel alliance including Al-Qaeda's Al-Nusra Front seized more territory in northwestern Syria overnight, strengthening its position on the borders of two key largely regime-controlled provinces, a monitor said Saturday.

IS jihadists in fierce battle for key Syrian city

Damascus - Islamic State group jihadists, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, advanced Thursday to the gates of the Syrian city of Hasakeh after intense fighting with regime troops.

Islamic State attacks rival rebels near Turkish border

Aleppo - The Islamic State continued their offensive today in Aleppo province in Syria. Their forces are moving against the strategic city of Azaz just next to a key border crossing into Syria from Turkey.

Fire at clinic in Syria kills 27, mostly children: State media

Damascus - A fire at a small clinic in northeast Syria on Sunday killed 27 people, mostly children, and injured about 30 others, official media said.
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