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  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:15:30 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:33:55 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:42:47 GMT
    A Jordanian military official says his country's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border, which eyewitnesses say was a drone.
    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.
  • Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:42:06 GMT
    Activists say fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides.
    Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on...
  • Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:42:33 GMT
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
  • Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

    Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:43:09 GMT
    A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group.
    A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group.
  • Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:01:27 GMT
    Activists say Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, as the death toll from three days of fighting rises to more than 200.
    Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, activists said Saturday, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.
  • 15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:48:36 GMT
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:29:45 GMT
    Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix...
    Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads,...
  • Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:40:50 GMT
    Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday.
    Islamic extremists killed at least 115 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured a gas field in central Syria following daylong clashes, activists said Friday.
  • Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:21:29 GMT
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
  • Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:00:39 GMT
    Activists say that Syrian government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to wrest it from rebels.
    Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday.
  • Assad declares victory, push to topple him tenuous

    Assad declares victory, push to topple him tenuous

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:43:16 GMT
    Syria's state run media are saying that President Bashar Assad will be sworn in shortly, marking the beginning of his third seven-year term in office.
    In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising his supporters for "defeating the dirty war" and denouncing insurgents who have "failed...
  • British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:29:09 GMT
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
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  • US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:49:30 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.
    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key...
  • Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:31:34 GMT
    The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it's now suspending flights to the two cities hardest hit by the disease.
    A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an...
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:02:08 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the...
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