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'Army of Conquest' rebel alliance pressures Syria regime

Birut - A new rebel alliance calling itself the Army of Conquest has seized key positions in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in recent weeks, including the provincial capital.

Australia concern over doctor in IS video

Sydney - Australia Monday said it was deeply concerned about an Australian-trained doctor who appears in an Islamic State propaganda video which urges other medical professionals to join the jihadists.

Air raids on market kill 40 as Syria regime hits back

Birut - Air strikes on a marketplace Sunday killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children, as Syrian forces stepped up attacks on rebels a day after losing a key border town.

Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.

Syria warplanes strike northwest city seized by rebels

Kabanah - Syrian government warplanes pounded the northwestern city of Jisr al-Shughur on Sunday, a day after its capture by Al-Qaeda and its allies, a monitoring group said.

Swedish hostages held by Syrian jihadists return home

Stockholm - Two Swedish men held hostage by Syrian jihadists have been reunited with their families in Sweden, the country's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

IS suicide bombers kill four at Iraq-Jordan crossing

Baghdad - The Islamic State group claimed an attack Saturday by French, Belgian and Senegalese suicide bombers on the Iraq-Jordan border that officials said killed at least four Iraqi security personnel.

Qaeda, allies take key regime holdout in northwest Syria

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the last major government-held city in Idlib province on Saturday, in a blow that could expose the regime's coastal heartland to rebel attack.

'Stress test' will flush out desire for Syria peace: UN envoy

New York - The United Nations envoy to war-torn Syria said he will know by the end of June if there is any appetite among the opposing sides to find a peaceful way out of the conflict.

'Never again' says Med boat survivor recalling horror journey

Stockholm - Gode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler's trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe.

Devout Muslims claim crackdown in Tajikistan amid Syria fears

Dushanbe - Rustam Gulov was walking in Khudzhand, a city in Central Asia's Tajikistan, when police detained him and took him to the station. By the time he came out, his beard had been shaved clean -- against his will.

IS group is 'Russia's greatest enemy', not U.S., says Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the Islamic State group was Moscow's greatest enemy, notwithstanding the strained relations with the United States over the Ukraine conflict.

Turkey calls for more help to stop foreign fighters

Washington - Turkey appealed for more help Tuesday in cracking down on foreign fighters flooding to join militant ranks in Iraq and Syria, revealing it had placed 12,800 people on a no-entry list.

Over 114,000 flee fighting in Iraq's Ramadi area: UN

Ginebra - More than 114,000 people have fled fighting over the past two weeks in the Ramadi area of Iraq's Anbar province, the United Nations said Tuesday, expressing concern over the mounting problems faced by the displaced.

In exile, Syrian Armenians feel echoes of genocide

Birut - For thousands of Syrian Armenian refugees in Lebanon, the slaughter and expulsion of their ancestors a century ago is less a historical event than an ongoing trauma.

Six Somali-Americans arrested trying to join IS group

Washington - Six Somali-American men who planned to travel to Syria to fight as jihadists have been arrested and were to appear in court Monday on charges of conspiring to support a terrorist organization.

Australian PM to talk border security on Turkey trip

Wellington - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that he will use a trip to Turkey for Anzac Day commemorations to push Ankara for increased security on its border with Syria and Iraq.

U.S. seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos

Washington - With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the U.S. is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.

Iraq testing body of suspected Saddam VP

Kirkuk - Iraq is to test the body of a man killed on Friday by pro-government forces to determine if it is that of Saddam Hussein's long-fugitive deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri.Duri was vice president at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Iraq massacre site turns into 'shrine' of anti-IS war

Tikrit - On the Tigris River waterfront where jihadists executed hundreds of captured Iraqi army recruits last year, bloodstains are gradually being covered by streaks of candle wax dripping down the quay.

Iraq PM vows to end sectarian divisions at end of U.S. visit

Washington - Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi wrapped up his inaugural visit to the U.S. on Thursday, winning pledges that long-delayed F-16 fighter jets will soon be delivered and vowing to calm the sectarian tensions dividing his country.

NBC changes account of reporter's kidnapping in Syria

Washington - US television network NBC News has altered its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its top foreign correspondent, saying the masked men who snatched him and his team in Syria were Sunni militants, not Assad forces.

More than 220,000 dead in Syria conflict: monitor

Birut - The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday.

Calgary imams fight back against Islamic State recruitment

Calgary - A group of Calgary imams is marking the first line of defense at the foot of the Rocky Mountains against the Islamic State group's recruitment of Canadians as fighters.

Blast, fierce clashes rock Syrian regime Aleppo base

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate led a fierce assault on an intelligence base in Aleppo city Monday night after regime attacks on civilian infrastructure in the city forced rebels to shut schools.

Iraq PM says will ask US for more arms, strikes

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he will use a visit to the United States to seek increased air support and arms deliveries to aid Baghdad's battle against jihadists.

More than 6,000 European jihadists in Syria: EU official

Paris - The number of Europeans fighting with jihadist groups in Syria could exceed 6,000, a top EU official told a French newspaper Monday.

Five children dead in strike on school in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - A Syrian regime air strike hit a school in the main northern city of Aleppo on Sunday killing five children and four other civilians, a monitoring group said.

At least 35 civilians killed in Syria's Aleppo: Monitor

Birut - At least 35 civilians were killed on Saturday as government forces and rebel fighters exchanged fire in Syria's main northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

IS video shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city

Baghdad - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video that shows militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.
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Anti regime graffiti being sprayed in the Syrian city of Daraa early on in the Syrian uprising.
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Hamas and the Assad regime recently had a nasty falling out. Despite providing a safe haven in Damascus and millions in funds and weapons to Hamas to wage terrorism against Israel, the terror group has chosen to betray the regime by declaring support for the opposition. In response, the regime evicted Hamas from Syria.
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A mortar attack in a Damascus neighborhood left this hole in the ceiling of a make shift school classroom.
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DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islamic State radicals in Iraq and Syria.
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This is Asmaa.I met her in Jordan, five days after she had been released from a regime prison. She is the fiancée of Abdul Razak Tlass, who was the first officer to defect from the Syrian army when the revolution began. She told me about how she was interrogated, made to stand up without break for hours on end and deprived of sleep, She was also sexually abused.
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A map outlining where ISIS have control or influence in Syria and Iraq
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Maj. General Al-Shalal declares his defection from Syria
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Syria: Sheets strung across the road to block the view of snipers, of which there are many.
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Syria: The Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271
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Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
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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 body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
A body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
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Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment in Damascus.
Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment in Damascus.
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013
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Anonymous teamed with WikiLeaks in the release of the Syria Files.
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