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Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

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AMMAN - The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. | Video

U.S. training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey - source

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, an expected expansion of a program that first launched in Jordan weeks ago, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

World, 28 May 2015

Syria says Al Jazeera's Nusra interview promotes militant group

BEIRUT - A Syrian envoy said Al Jazeera's interview with the leader of Nusra Front violated U.N. counterterrorism resolutions and was an attempt by Qatar to whitewash the image of the al Qaeda affiliate, Syria's state news agency reported on Thursday.

World, 28 May 2015

Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins

BEIRUT - Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.

World, 28 May 2015

Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion

LONDON - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energised its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy.

World, Iraq 28 May 2015

Syrian Kurds expand gains against Islamic State in northeast

BEIRUT - A Syrian Kurdish militia has captured a town from Islamic State in the northeast, a group monitoring the war reported on Wednesday, compounding recent losses for the jihadists in a strategic corner of Syria. | Video

World, 28 May 2015

Leader of al Qaeda in Syria says aims to take Damascus - TV

BEIRUT - Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's Syria wing, intends to capture Damascus and oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the group's leader said in a broadcast on Wednesday.

World, 28 May 2015

Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight

BEIRUT - Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria's foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city.

World, 27 May 2015

Singapore detains two "self-radicalised" teens, one aimed to join IS

SINGAPORE - Singapore has detained two "self-radicalised" teenagers, one of whom wanted to join Islamic State militants in Syria, under an internal security law that allows for detention without trial for two years, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.

Top News, World, 27 May 2015

Syrian Kurds expand gains against Islamic State in northeast

BEIRUT - A Syrian Kurdish militia has captured a town from Islamic State in the northeast, a group monitoring the war reported on Wednesday, compounding recent losses for the jihadists in a strategic corner of Syria.

World, 27 May 2015

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Video shows Islamic state fighters inside notorious Palmyra prison

Islamic State posts video online showing the group in control of Palmyra prison. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.