U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.
While the Islamic State appears to have suffered significant casualties in the long conflict over the Syrian town Kobani( or Kobane) on the border with Turkey the Kurdish troops in the town appear to be at a disadvantage at present.
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.
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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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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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Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
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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
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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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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.
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
October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, U.N. investigators gather potential evidence in a Damascus suburb, August 28, 2013
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