Two of the main moderate rebel groups who had received weapons from the US have surrendered to the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front after defeats in battle.There are reports that Islamic State forces joined the Nusra Front in at least one attack.
The U.S. and the UK say they are willing to look at the possibility of creating a "buffer zone" between Syria and Turkey. Meanwhile the Islamic State is continuing its assault on the border town of Kobane with fighting now taking place within the town .
Many weapons used by the Islamic State were seized as they captured bases in Iraq from Iraqi forces. However, the group also has US weapons that appear to have been given originally to moderate Syrian rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army.
Jihadists associated with Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) seized territory inside Lebanon. The rebel group that swore allegiance to the Islamic State set up checkpoints in the town of Arsal.
For President Obama, Iraq is the anti-war horse he rode to victory in 2008. Many political analysts say opposition to the Iraqi war was the club he used to first pound Clinton then Republicans into submission.
Activists report that Syrian rebels have negotiated a ceasefire near the city of Homs. The ceasefire came into effect Friday. Earlier negotiations led to rebels giving up Homs while they were transported with weapons to rebel-held areas.
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Lakhdar Brahimi the UN and Arab League joint special representative on Syria is said to be planning to resign in the near future. He told reporters almost a year ago in New York that he thought about resigning every day.
The radical Jabhat al-Nusra Front recognized by Al Qaeda gave rivals Islamic State in Iraq and Levant(ISIS or ISIL or AQI) five days to agree to mediation over control over the areas of northern Syria ISIL occupies.
Abu Khaled al Suri died in a suicide bombing in Aleppo Syria. He was a member of Ahrar al-Sham and close to current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The death was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Salim Idriss rejected his dismissal as military head of the group. He claims that the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring".
The Geneva 2 peace talks have resumed as of Monday February 10th. On the first day the two sides did not meet together but the UN Special Envoy met separately with each side and took messages back and forth.
Yarmouk is a Palestinian refugee camp a short distance south of Damascus. The camp was set up for Palestinian refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that resulted in the creation of Israel but displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
In another development that will help improve the humanitarian situation in the Syrian civil war, a ceasefire has been arranged between government forces and rebels in an area of Damascus held by rebels.
Objections by the United States and the Syrian opposition has resulted in the UN doing a complete about-face as it has uninvited Iran to the Geneva 2 talks after a last-minute invitation just a day ago.
After delaying a decision that was to be made yesterday, today the Syrian National Coalition, the main western-backed rebel group agreed to attend the Geneva II peace talks sponsored by the UN, Russia, and the U.S.
Barely a week before the Geneva peace conference about the protracted Syrian civil war, US secretary of State John Kerry ruled out Bashar al-Assad’s stake in the Syria’s future if he fails to discuss a political transition in favor of rebels.
As part of the preparations for the Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22, both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry have broached the idea of "localized ceasefires."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
U.S. Department of State
U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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A Syrian man holds the head of a severely wounded man at the entrance of a house that is used as a hospital in Bab Amr. Feb. 6, 2012
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013
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Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
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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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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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 FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
A close-up view of the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, as seen on July 18, 2013, from a helicopter
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane in Idlib province, August 30, 2013
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
File photo: Scott Bobb
The docks at the port of Latakia on Syria's Mediterranean coast. Norwegian and Danish ships are expected to transport Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia to a port in Italy for processing and making safe aboard a specially adapted American ship.