Syria

European dies fighting Islamic State in Syria - monitor

BEIRUT - A European fighting alongside Kurds in Syria has been killed in clashes with hardline Islamic State militants, a group monitoring the conflict said on Tuesday, and Britain said it was aware of reports the person was a British national.

Syrian rebels reject U.N. envoy's ceasefire plan

ISTANBUL - Syrian rebels dealt a blow to a U.N. envoy's proposal for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo as his team headed there on Tuesday, saying the plan would only benefit the Syrian government at the expense of the opposition.

World, 03 Mar 2015

U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned  

WASHINGTON - About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.

World, 03 Mar 2015

U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training - Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Syria expels three United Nations aid workers

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has expelled three United Nations aid workers, in a move that will harm attempts to deliver relief around the wartorn country, U.N. agencies said on Friday.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Teacher denies influencing Canadian teens headed to Syria

MONTREAL - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalized Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

World, 27 Feb 2015

France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad

PARIS - France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Islamic State must keep expanding to survive - financial report

WASHINGTON - International investigators said on Friday that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources.

World, Iraq 27 Feb 2015

With sledgehammer, Islamic State smashes Iraqi history

ARBIL/BAGHDAD - Ultra-radical Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era, inflicting what an archaeologist described as incalculable damage to a piece of shared human history. | Video

World, Iraq 27 Feb 2015

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Islamic State fighters smash priceless relics in Iraqi museum

Islamic State posts video of its fighters destroying priceless antiquities dating back thousands of years. Mana Rabiee reports.