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Turkey says army to keep up fight against IS after coup

Ankara - Turkey on Friday insisted its military will keep up the fight against Islamic State jihadists and other militants after the failed coup, saying the armed forces would emerge stronger from a purge of its top ranks.

IS executes 24 civilians after seizing Syria village

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group has executed at least 24 civilians after seizing a village in northern Syria from a US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, a monitor said Friday.

Syrian asylum seeker held over French church attack: Source close to probe

Paris - A Syrian refugee staying at a French centre for asylum seekers has been taken in for questioning in connection with a deadly jihadist attack on a church, a source close to the probe said Friday.

Calls grow for Syria regime to end Aleppo siege

Aleppo - Aid agencies called Friday on Syria's government to end its encirclement of rebel-held east Aleppo as a handful of civilians managed to use humanitarian corridors to flee the ruined city.

The Syrian Al-Nusra Front

Birut - Al-Nusra Front, whose leader on Thursday announced its break from Al-Qaeda, is a well-organised, battle-hardened jihadist group allied with rebels fighting the Syrian regime.

Al-Qaeda and Syria branch split up

Birut - The Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, said it was breaking ties with the global terror network, in a video showing its leader Abu Mohamad al-Jolani for the first time.

France, UK call for end to 'disastrous' Aleppo siege

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his British counterpart Boris Johnson called Thursday for the Syrian regime and its allies to end their "disastrous" siege on the city of Aleppo.

Assad offers amnesty to Syria rebels who surrender

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday offered an amnesty to armed rebels battling his forces if they surrender, the official SANA news agency reported. "Everyone carrying arms... and sought by justice...

Russia announces aid operation for Syria's besieged Aleppo

Damas - Syria regime ally Russia on Thursday announced a "large-scale" aid operation to allow civilians and fighters to flee besieged Aleppo, as the president offered an amnesty to rebels who surrender.

Syria, Russia cluster munition use 'relentless': HRW

Birut - Human Rights Watch accused the Syrian regime and its ally Russia on Thursday of extensively using banned cluster munitions in their offensive against rebels in the war-torn country.

Iran condemns killings of French priest, boy in Syria

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry condemned this week's killing of a French priest, drawing a parallel with the recent decapitation of a young boy by jihadists in Syria, state media said Thursday.

Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns: HRW

New York - Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Syria regime bombing kills 16 in rebel-held Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Syrian government air strikes and artillery fire killed at least 16 civilians on Wednesday in rebel-held neighbourhoods in the east of Aleppo city, a monitor said.

Massive IS bomb attack kills 44 in Syrian Kurdish city

Kamishli - A massive bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens on Wednesday in the Kurdish-majority Syrian city of Qamishli.

UN eyes late August for new Syria talks

Geneva - The UN's Syria envoy voiced hope Tuesday that peace talks could restart next month, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said there had been "progress" in efforts to salvage an urgently-needed ceasefire.

Syria regime advances on rebels in Aleppo

Birut - Syrian government forces on Tuesday seized a rebel-held neighbourhood on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, tightening their siege of the opposition-controlled parts of the city, a monitor said.

Syria regime pounds Aleppo as UN backs call for truce

Aleppo - Syria's regime intensified air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province Monday, as the UN backed a call by its top aid official for a humanitarian truce in the city.

Syrian refugee kills woman in Germany machete attack

Reutlingen - A Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a woman with a machete in the German city of Reutlingen, in an incident police said did not bear the hallmarks of a "terrorist attack" and was more likely to have been a crime of passion.

One dead, two injured in Germany machete attack: police

Berlin - A woman was killed and two people injured by a 21-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker armed with a machete on Sunday in the southwest German city of Reutlingen, the local police said.

Air raids hit four hospitals in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Air raids have hit four makeshift hospitals in Syria's battered Aleppo city, doctors said Sunday, jeopardising medical care for more than 200,000 desperate civilians in rebel-held areas.

Clashes rock Syria's Manbij as IS ignores ultimatum

Birut - Islamic State group militants clashed on Saturday with US-backed fighters in the Syrian town of Manbij, pursuing their fierce defence of the jihadist stronghold and ignoring a deadline to leave.

Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.

IS uses civilians as human shields in Syrian city: Coalition

Washington - The Islamic State group is using civilians as human shields in Syria, a US military official said Friday, at a time when the coalition has been accused of killing dozens of civilians in strikes near Manbij.

HRW urges Syria regime to let aid into besieged Aleppo

Birut - Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Syrian regime forces to immediately let desperately needed aid into besieged districts of Aleppo and to allow civilians to leave the city.

Russian warplanes 'targeted U.S., British outpost in Syria'

Washington - Russian warplanes bombed a remote outpost in Syria used by elite US and British forces last month as well as another site linked to the CIA, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Aleppo rebel tunnel blast killed 38 regime forces

Birut - Nearly 40 Syrian soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel under a government position in Aleppo city, a monitor said Friday.

UN pleads for weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's Aleppo

Geneva - The UN on Thursday called for a weekly 48-hour truce in Syria's besieged city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries to reach some 250,000 civilians facing starvation.

51 civilians dead in bombardment of Syria rebel-held areas: monitor

Birut - At least 51 civilians, including 15 children, were killed in bombardment of several rebel-held areas across Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

US-backed forces give IS '48 hours' to leave Syria's Manbij

Birut - US-backed fighters on Thursday gave the Islamic State group 48 hours to leave the battleground Syrian town of Manbij, after US-led air strikes nearby reportedly killed dozens of civilians.

Syria activists urge protests over deadly coalition raids

Birut - Syrian activists on Thursday called for widespread protests after dozens of civilians were reportedly killed in US-led coalition air strikes near a northern town held by the Islamic State group.
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