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Car bomb kills 10 in Syria regime bastion Latakia

Damascus - Ten people were killed and dozens wounded on Wednesday in a rare car bombing in the Syrian city of Latakia, the coastal bastion of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said.

'I want a blue-eyed Yazidi': Teen describes IS slave market

Paris - Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP on Tuesday.

Destruction of Palmyra temple 'crime': UNESCO

Paris - The United Nations' cultural watchdog on Tuesday condemned the destruction of the famed Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra by Islamic State jihadists as an "intolerable crime against civilisation".

Cultural heritage a casualty of war

Damascus - Islamic State militants have destroyed two of the most important temples in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, as they press their campaign to wipe out some of the Middle East's most important heritage sites.

Worst fears confirmed as famed Palmyra temple flattened

Birut - Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group.

More than 10,000 Icelanders ready to welcome Syrians

Reykjav - More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.

Syrians take long way round by biking to new life in Arctic

Oslo - A group of intrepid Syrian migrants have found a new, albeit long, way into Europe -- through Russia and into Norway's Arctic, some of them cycling across the border.

Blast at Syria's Palmyra prompts fears for famed temple

Birut - A powerful blast in the ruins of Syria's ancient Palmyra raised fears Monday that the Islamic State group has damaged another of the Middle East's most treasured heritage sites.

A year on, Yazidis so close yet so far from Iraq hub

Sinjar - Jihadists occupying the Iraqi town of Sinjar are so close that Kurdish fighters can watch them without binoculars and battles are often fought with hand grenades.

Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes

Sydney - Australia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent.

Turkish planes join anti-IS coalition in Syria raid for first time

Ankara - Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, the foreign ministry said Saturday, after Washington urged Ankara to play a full role in the battle against the jihadists.

Brief ceasefire between Syria regime, rebels ends

Birut - A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said.

Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: Officials

Washington - Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists.

12 mn Syrians have fled their homes since conflict began: UN

- Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.At least 7.

U.S. envoy to Syria visits Moscow in fresh diplomatic push

Moscow - Russia on Friday hosted the newly appointed US special envoy for Syria as world powers intensify efforts to end the four-year civil war raging in the country.

Aid-starved Syria refugees desert Mideast for Europe

Amman - After escaping a devastating war, frustrated Syrian refugees in aid-starved neighbouring states say they must now choose between joining an exodus to Europe or "returning home to die".

IS kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Baghdad - A suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed two Iraqi generals on Thursday in the key battleground province of Anbar, as the jihadists made gains in neighbouring Syria.

IS advances against rebels in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - Islamic State group fighters seized five villages from rebel forces in Syria's northern Aleppo province overnight and entered the outskirts of a key opposition bastion there, a monitor said Thursday.

Syria regime, rebels agree new truce for three towns

Birut - A new 48-hour truce between Syrian regime forces and rebels in three towns entered into force on Thursday after negotiations, a mediator and a monitoring group said.

Military may have skewed IS analysis: Report

Washington - The Pentagon is investigating whether military officials have improperly rewritten intelligence assessments to give a more optimistic view of the US-led campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Iran enlists Afghan refugees as fighters to bolster Syria's Assad

Kabul - The fate of two brothers from Kabul, one grievously wounded, the other killed fighting in Syria, spotlights Iran's covert but active recruitment of Afghan refugees to buttress President Bashar al-Assad's steadily depleting forces.

Assad 'confident' of Russian support for Syria regime

Birut - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed "strong confidence" Tuesday that Russia will continue supporting his embattled regime, speaking in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar television network.

Palmyra temple destruction is a war crime

The cultural arm of the United Nations condemned the destruction of the 2,000-year-old Baal Shamin temple at the Syrian site of Palmyra, calling it a war crime.

IS publishes images of Palmyra temple destruction

Birut - The Islamic State group on Tuesday published images showing the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, after international condemnation of the act.

14 suspected IS recruiters arrested in Spain, Morocco

Madrid - Spain and Morocco on Tuesday arrested 14 people on suspicion of belonging to a network that recruited and sent fighters to the Islamic State group.

Mideast leaders flood to Moscow for Syrian talks, aerospace salon

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is to host the Jordanian King and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian crisis and take part in a showcase of Russia's military industry.

UN council hears from gays who fled IS terror

New York - UN Security Council members on Monday heard Syrian and Iraqi gays tell of their terror-filled lives under the Islamic State, in the first-ever council meeting on LGBT rights.

Palmyra temple destruction by IS a 'war crime': UNESCO

Paris - The head of the UN cultural watchdog on Monday branded the destruction by IS jihadists of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra ruins as a "war crime.

IS blows up ancient temple at Syria's Palmyra

Birut - Jihadists with the Islamic State group have blown up a famous temple at Syria's ruins of Palmyra, an official said, confirming fears they would destroy more world-class heritage sites.

Toll from Syria regime strikes near Damascus rises to 34: Monitor

Birut - The toll from heavy government bombardment of a rebel stronghold outside the Syrian capital rose on Sunday to 34 civilians, including 12 children, a monitoring group said.
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The St Thecla Monanstery at Maaloula  Syria  where some of the last Aramaic-speakers live
The St Thecla Monanstery at Maaloula, Syria, where some of the last Aramaic-speakers live
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Suhayb Elkhalid claims there was a  chemical attack  on Saraqib in northern Syria on Monday  April 2...
Suhayb Elkhalid claims there was a "chemical attack" on Saraqib in northern Syria on Monday, April 29, 2013 by the Syrian army.
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Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
Islamists near Istanbul protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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This residential building was struck by a missile during a US or US-led air strike in Raqqa  Syria. ...
This residential building was struck by a missile during a US or US-led air strike in Raqqa, Syria. Between 8-12 civilians were reportedly killed.
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Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria s National Day of Action.
Hundreds of protesters gather at Toronto Old City Hall for Syria's National Day of Action.
Free Syrian Arab Army liberating Helfaya  Hama
Free Syrian Arab Army liberating Helfaya, Hama
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Nicole Lynn Mansfield
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A US Air Force B1-B bomber plane flies above the Syrian town of Kobane  also known as Ain al-Arab  o...
A US Air Force B1-B bomber plane flies above the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on October 18, 2014
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A burning house in the neighborhood of Orchard Court in Homs Syria after bombing by the Syrian army.
A burning house in the neighborhood of Orchard Court in Homs Syria after bombing by the Syrian army.
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A Syrian girl gives a recital of a very moving poem about her home country.
A Syrian girl gives a recital of a very moving poem about her home country.
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A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto s Old City Hall for a Syria...
A group of protesters have their hands tied with rope outside of Toronto's Old City Hall for a Syria's National Day of Action demonstrations.
An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft.  The aging piece of military hard...
An air-to-air right side view of a Soviet MiG-23 Flogger aircraft. The aging piece of military hardware is currently the premier fighter aircraft of the Syrian Air Force.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists  who were killed during what ac...
People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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Messages displayed to visitors after the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Washington Post s mobil...
Messages displayed to visitors after the Syrian Electronic Army hijacked the Washington Post's mobile site on 14/05/2015
Italian protesters demonstrating for freedom in Syria
Italian protesters demonstrating for freedom in Syria
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Aleppo  Syria - Damage caused by artillery projectiles and rockets bombarding Aleppo on 8/16/12
Aleppo, Syria - Damage caused by artillery projectiles and rockets bombarding Aleppo on 8/16/12
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A Syrian flag with the word freedom on it posted on a lamp pole at the corner of Bay and Queen Streets outside of Old City Hall in Toronto.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
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