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Twin assaults in Syria, Iraq pile pressure on IS

Birut - US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces pressed twin assaults against the Islamic State group on Wednesday, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.

Dutch MPs vote to strip jihadists of dual nationality

Den Haag - Dutch MPs voted on Tuesday to strip dual nationals of their Dutch citizenship if they join terror groups such as the so-called Islamic State group to fight as jihadists, officials said.

Kurdish-Arab alliance launch operations north of Raqa, US official confirms

Washington - A US-backed alliance of Kurdish-Arab fighters has started to clear Islamic State fighters from the area north of Raqa, the jihadists' de facto capital, a US official confirmed Tuesday.

Death toll from IS bombings in Assad heartland hits 154: Monitor

Birut - The death toll from a wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group in the heartland of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime has risen to 154, a monitor said on Tuesday.

Bombs kill more than 100 in Syria regime strongholds

Birut - At least 101 people were killed on Monday in two Syrian regime bastions in a spate of bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Syria regime relentless on siege of 'thorn in side' Daraya

Birut - Under international pressure, Syria's government has agreed to partial aid access for thousands of civilians living under regime siege but one town near Damascus remains a "thorn in its side": Daraya.

Syria rebels give truce brokers 48 hours to end regime assault

Birut - Rebel groups Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the US and Russian sponsors of a February ceasefire in Syria's conflict to halt a regime offensive in the Damascus region.

Russia in first raids on Syria's Aleppo since truce: Monitor

Birut - Russian warplanes hit a key rebel supply route to Aleppo on Sunday in Moscow's first strikes on Syria's battleground second city since a February ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

Bombs kill 8 in northeast Syria as U.S. commander visits

Kamishli - Bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people in northeastern Syria hours after a top US commander visited, security forces said Sunday.

Top U.S. commander for the Middle East visited Syria: Centcom

Washington - The top US military commander for the Middle East made a suprise visit to northern Syria to witness efforts to build up local forces in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said.

'At least 60,000 dead' in Syria regime prisons

Birut - At least 60,000 people have died in Syrian government prisons over the past five years from torture or due to dire humanitarian conditions, including a lack of food, a monitor said Saturday.

US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria

Moscow - Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected.

Coalition flyers urge residents to quit IS Syria bastion

Birut - The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has dropped flyers on Syria's Raqa urging residents for the first time to leave the jihadist stronghold, an activist and a monitor said Friday.

NATO may take on new air surveillance role in IS fight

Brussels - NATO's secretary general said Thursday that the alliance could expand its support for the US-led fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria with the deployment of sophisticated surveillance aircraft.

No drop in Russian military strength in Syria: U.S.

Washington - Russia's military strength in Syria has barely changed since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial withdrawal from the war-torn country in March, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Syria rebel clashes 'leave 52 dead' in Eastern Ghouta

Birut - At least 50 fighters and two civilians were killed Tuesday in clashes between rival anti-regime groups east of Syria's capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Teen arrested over alleged Sydney terror plot

Sydney - An 18-year-old man was arrested in Sydney on Tuesday over an alleged "imminent" terror plot, as police raided properties in Melbourne in a separate counter-terrorism operation, officials said.

Syria's famous damask rose withered by war

Damascus - Its fame is such that the damask rose features in Shakespeare, but for Syrian farmers growing the flower that produces the heady-scented oil used to flavour Turkish delight, tragedy may await.

No breakthrough at Syria talks as violence rages

Vienna - World power talks on ending the Syrian conflict broke up with no clear breakthrough Tuesday as new faction-fighting erupted and the death toll continued to mount.

Rebel infighting near Syria capital kills hundreds: Monitor

Birut - Fighting raging between rival Islamist rebel factions to control a key opposition stronghold near Damascus since late last month has killed more than 300 fighters, a monitor said on Sunday.

Syrian pianist plays to Germans' hearts after fleeing Damascus

Berlin - A year ago, 28-year-old pianist Aeham al-Ahmad was performing in the ruins of Damascus. But after Islamic State jihadists torched his beloved piano, he fled to Germany where he now sings to audiences of the troubles in his home country.

Kerry holds Saudi talks ahead of Syria, Libya meetings

Jeddah - US Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman on Sunday ahead of a week of crunch talks on the conflicts in Syria and Libya.Riyadh has been a key supporter of rebels fighting to overthrow the Damascus regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Five face terror charges over Australia-Syria boat plan

Sydney - Five young men face life behind bars after they were charged with terrorism offences over a plan to sail to Indonesia to join jihadist groups in Syria, Australian police said.

IS 'attacks Syria hospital, kills 20, takes hostages'

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group on Saturday overran a government-controlled hospital in eastern Syria, killing 20 members of pro-regime forces and taking medical staff hostage, a monitor said.

Migrants rescued off Sicily are not Syrians, UN says

Rome - There were hardly any Syrian migrants among the 800 people rescued off Sicily, contrary to earlier reports from Italy's coastguard, the UN and the International Organization for Migration have confirmed.

Hezbollah says Islamist extremists killed military chief in Syria

Birut - Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah on Saturday blamed Sunni extremists for killing its top military commander in Syria and vowed to keep fighting to defend President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Another Syria peace push, but has U.S. put too much faith in Russia?

Washington - First a ceasefire in Syria, then aid and then -- who knows -- perhaps a political transition? Don't bet on it, analysts warn, saying Washington has put too much faith in Moscow.

Belgium to begin air strikes against IS in Syria

Brussels - Belgium will extend its F-16 air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq into Syria, the government said Friday, as it grapples with the aftermath of deadly IS-claimed bomb attacks in Brussels in March.

Syria Qaeda kills 19 civilians from Assad's Alawite sect

Birut - Al-Qaeda fighters and their allies shot dead 19 civilians from President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite minority in their own homes after seizing their village in central Syria, a monitor said Friday.

Blast kills Hezbollah military chief in Syria

Birut - Lebanon's Hezbollah announced on Friday that its top military commander had been killed in an attack in Syria where the Shiite militant group has deployed thousands of fighters in support of the Damascus regime.
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