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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Besieged by Syrian rebels, Filipino UN peacekeepers vow to fight

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 05:42pm by AFP

    ... including fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing at Quneitra on Wednesday, sparking an exchange of gunfire with Israeli troops. Quneitra is the only ... which group had staged the attacks. "Some groups are self-identified as affiliated to al-Nusra but we are not able to confirm," he said. The US State Department said al ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581786/syria-refugees-top-three-million-rebels-un-face-after-kidnappings
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Relief in US as Syrian jihadis free journalist hostage after James Foley’s killing

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... of a reprieve from the killing of an American journalist with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria. Peter Theo Curtis, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos, was held in Syria for almost two years by the al-Nusra Front, until he was released into the custody of the United Nations under circumstances ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580526/american-journalist-held-syria-freed-qatar-exerts-influence-militants
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 07:05pm by Reuters

    ... that should be prosecuted, the UN officials said in a 45-page report issued in Geneva. "Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays in al Raqqa and [IS]-controlled areas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581221/un-accuses-islamic-state-mass-atrocities-jihadist-held-syria
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    US fears for life of woman aid worker held by Islamic State in Syria

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:14am by AP

    ... and have grown increasingly worried about Sotloff’s fate. Other American hostages have been held by other militant groups, including Peter Curtis, who was recently released by the al-Nusra Front, ... against all people they consider heretics or infidels that it has been disowned by al-Qaeda’s leaders. President Barack Obama said in a speech in North Carolina on Tuesday that “America does ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581054/american-woman-held-hostage-islamic-state-syria-us-muslim-convert-ranks
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    UK ‘close’ to identifying James Foley’s executioner, as reports point to rapper

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 10:54pm by Reuters

    ... alleged al-Qaeda operative who was extradited from Britain to the US in 2012 to face terrorism charges in connection with the twin 1998 bombings at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580663/uk-close-identifying-james-foleys-executioner-reports-point-rapper
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... borders and the presence in Iraq and other countries of groups affiliated with al-Qaeda heighten the danger that anti-aircraft weapons could spread to other trouble spots. "In the hands ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577016/new-report-highlights-threat-aircraft-militants-syria
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    UN rights chief slams Syria ‘paralysis’ as death toll tops 191,000

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:26pm by AFP

    ... when security forces cracked down on protesters, sparking an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Pillay said there had been “serious allegations that war crimes and crimes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1579370/un-rights-chief-slams-syria-paralysis-death-toll-tops-191000
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian conflict put Bashar al-Assad’s home village under threat

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 08:57pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Beirut Assad's home village under threat from rebels Syria's civil war has edged closer to Bashar al-Assad's home village, with opposition groups mounting ... August. That rebel attack led to the killing of around 200 civilians, an act labelled a war crime by Human Rights Watch. Rebel groups, among them the jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra, say they are trying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1457874/syrian-conflict-put-assads-home-village-under-threat
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Dozens of soldiers beheaded as Islamic State captures Syrian military base

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 06:27am by MCT

    ... with the al-Qaeda breakaway group Islamic State seized control of a military base in northern Syria, beheading dozens of soldiers and displaying their headless bodies, activists said. It is only the latest ... of its positions. When the Islamic State, which grew from al-Qaeda's Iraqi branch, first entered the Syrian conflict last year, it fought alongside other rebel forces. But soon it turned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1559933/dozens-soldiers-beheaded-islamic-state-captures-syrian-military-base
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    ISIL ‘crucifies eight rival fighters’ in Syria

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 09:30pm by Reuters

    ... on territory. The infighting has complicated the insurgency and drawn in foreign fighters. ISIL, a radical al-Qaeda offshoot group, has captured areas on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10 and sweeping towards Baghdad. In Syria, ISIL has battled with groups such as the Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian wing, in the uprising against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1543166/isil-crucifies-eight-rival-fighters-syria

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