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Qaeda, allies seize Syria's Idlib city in blow to regime

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, only the second provincial capital to be lost by the regime in more than four years of war.

Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS

London - A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard.

Islamists enter flashpoint city in northwest Syria: Monitor

Idlib - Islamist rebels entered neighbourhoods in the regime-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria for the first time in four days of fierce clashes with government forces, a monitor reported.

Assad 'welcomes' larger Russian naval presence in Syria

Damascus - Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday.

Assad says Syria open to dialogue with U.S.

Washington - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to dialogue with the United States, the leader said in an interview with US television network CBS.

Iraqi Shiite militias 'pulled back' from Tikrit: US

Washington - Iraq's Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront of an offensive to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists, allowing Baghdad government troops to take the lead, a top US general said Thursday.

UK to train Syrian opposition to fight IS group

London - Britain will train Syrian "moderate opposition forces" in Turkey and other regional countries as part of international efforts to fight Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Thursday.

Syria destroys three chemical weapons sites

New York - Syria has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle three other facilities because of security conditions, the OPCW chemical watchdog said in its latest report.

US launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces

Tikrit - US and coalition aircraft bombed Islamic State jihadists in Tikrit, lending air power to Iraqi forces who have struggled to recapture the town despite Iranian assistance.

UN worried by rise in mass abductions of children

New York - Mass abductions of children by groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic State are on the rise, with the practice now becoming a tactic of war, a UN envoy warned Wednesday.

US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky'

Baghdad - Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said.

'I am responsible,' says grieving father of Australian IS bomber

Sydney - The heartbroken father of an Australian schoolboy believed to have died while carrying out a suicide bombing for Islamic State said on Monday he felt "totally responsible" for failing to see that his son needed help.

Islamists capture Syria regime helicopter crew

Birut - Islamist rebels captured four crew members of a regime helicopter which crashed in Idlib province of northwest Syria on Sunday, while a fifth serviceman was killed, a monitor said.

Missing British medical students feared to have joined IS

Istanbul - A group of British medical students of Sudanese origin who went missing after travelling to Turkey are feared to have crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group as doctors, reports and sources said on Sunday.

U.S. Marine Corps urges 'vigilance' after online Islamist threat

Washington - The U.S. Marine Corps on Sunday urged "vigilance" after a group claiming to be Islamic State hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.

45 dead in attacks on Syria Kurds celebrating new year

Birut - Forty-five people, including five children, were killed in attacks on Syrian Kurds as they celebrated their new year, a monitor said Saturday, accusing the Islamic State group of responsibility.

Number of asylum applicants to EU jumps 44 percent

Brussels - The number of applicants for asylum to EU countries increased last year to 626,000, a surge of 44 percent fueled by refugees from the civil war in Syria, the European Union's statistics agency said Friday.

More than 100 killed in Syria attacks

Birut - More than 100 people were killed in Syria in 24 hours of violence after Islamic State fighters attacked regime troops and a suicide bomber caused carnage at Kurdish new year celebrations, a monitor said Friday.

IS claims beheading of three Iraqi Kurdish fighters

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed to have beheaded three Iraqi Kurdish fighters in an online video and threatened to kill more unless the Kurds stop bombardment of jihadist-controlled areas.

IS likely committing genocide against Yazidi minority in Iraq: UN

Ginebra - Islamic State jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, UN investigators said Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.

Assyrians struggle in Lebanon after fleeing IS jihadists

Birut - Waiting in an aid line outside Lebanon's capital Beirut, Assyrian Christian Francie Yaacoub remembers the well-stocked home she left behind in Syria as she fled advancing Islamic State group jihadists."We left behind a house full of everything.

IS extremism fight may take a generation: Australia

Sydney - The battle against the Islamic State group's extremism may last a generation, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned, likening the jihadists to fanatical followers of Adolf Hitler.

Syria claims downing of US drone

Damascus - Syria's military said Wednesday it downed an American drone over suspicions it was spying, in what would be its first attack on an aircraft in the US-led coalition battling jihadists.

Turkey compares talks with Assad to 'shaking hands with Hitler'

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday rubbished suggestions that talks should be held with President Bashar al-Assad, saying negotiating with the Syrian leader was no different to shaking hands with Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler.

Six dead in apparent gas attack in northwest Syria: monitor

Idlib - Six people, including three young children, were killed in an alleged regime gas attack in northwestern Syria late Monday, a monitoring group and opposition activists said.

Assad will 'never' have role in peace talks: US

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will never be part of peace negotiations to halt the brutal civil war, US officials vowed, adding they were taking every step to bring an end to his rule.

Three would-be jihadists detained by Turkey and returned to UK

London - Three teenagers are now back home in the U.K. after they were stopped from traveling to Syris to join ISIS. Turkish authorities, alerted by Scotland Yard, detained the trio and returned the would-be jihadists to the UK Saturday night.

UK teens 'heading for Syria' released on bail

London - Three British teenagers suspected of trying to travel to Syria were released on bail after being questioned for 24 hours on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said.

Iraq army says coalition raids needed in Tikrit battle

Tikrit - Iraqi forces need support from coalition air strikes in Tikrit, where die-hard jihadists are defending their last redoubt with trenches, sandbags and roadside bombs, a top officer said on Sunday.

US seeking to get Assad to negotiate end to Syria war

Washington - As the devastating war in Syria entered its fifth year Sunday, the US said it would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as it seeks to "reignite" new peace talks."Well, we have to negotiate in the end.
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