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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian rebel group Dawud Brigade defects to Islamic State

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 09:41pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Gaziantep, Turkey Syrian rebel group defects to Islamic State A Syrian rebel brigade defected to Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues ... Islamists in its ranks, has a complex history of relations with Islamic State, and the impact of its departure from an anti-government umbrella group the Sham Army was not immediately clear. The big ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1550554/syrian-rebel-group-dawud-brigade-defects-islamic-state
  2. 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 victory for the extremist group that has made rapid advances in both Iraq and Syria in recent months as it pursues its goal of creating an Islamic caliphate. There have been sporadic skirmishes ...

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

    Assad West’s ‘ally’ against Islamic State jihadists, says Syrian minister

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in Damascus Assad West's 'ally' against jihad, minister says Syria is determined to "eliminate" the Sunni extremist group Islamic State, according ... with Islamic State, which controls large parts of northern and eastern Syria as well as contiguous areas of Iraq. Assad's enemies accuse him of tolerating the group or tacitly cooperating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  4. News - World - SYRIA

    ISIL ‘crucifies eight rival fighters’ in Syria

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

    ... Reuters in Beirut Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring group said ... on view. The Observatory said clashes between rival Islamist groups in Syria had killed around 7,000 people since January, as militants from ISIL, also known as Isis, try to strengthen their grip ...

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

    Barack Obama seeks US$500 million from Congress to train, equip Syrian rebels

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 01:07pm by AFP

    ... air force on the Syrian side of the Al-Qaim border crossing, controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters. The jihadist group is also known as Isis. The proposed US ... US officials normally refuse to comment on details of training for opposition groups, National Security Adviser Susan Rice acknowledged this month that the Pentagon was providing "lethal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541552/obama-seeks-us500-million-congress-train-equip-syrian-rebels
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria conflict death toll reaches 150,344, human rights group says

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 09:47am by Associated Press in Beirut

    ... civil war The death toll in Syria’s three-year conflict has exceeded 150,000, an activist group said Tuesday as fighting raged across the country, including an attack in the north that killed ... on the rebels’ side. The Observatory bases its tally on the information the group receives from a network of informants on the ground inside Syria. In January, the UN said it had stopped updating its own ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1462996/syria-conflict-death-toll-reaches-150344-human-rights-group-says
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

    Posted May 31st 2014, 11:01am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington First American suicide bomber in Syrian war An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, US officials said, ... as a terrorist group. The Times, citing law-enforcement officials, said he was aged in his 20s, of Middle Eastern descent and from Florida. He is believed to have spent two months in a training camp ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1522478/us-confirms-american-carried-out-syria-suicide-bombing
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Chemical weapons inspectors safe after convoy attacked in central Syria

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:10pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Damascus Syria inspectors and UN fact-finding group come under fire, but kidnap claim is denied Chemical arms team safe after convoy attacked A convoy of inspectors from the international watchdog overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons programme came under fire yesterday, but all staff members were safe. The Organisation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1520145/chemical-weapons-inspectors-safe-after-convoy-attacked-central-syria
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Deadly explosion rocks Turkey-Syria border crossing

    Posted May 16th 2014, 01:24am by AP

    ... an activist group monitoring the Syrian civil war said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion occurred at a garage near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing ... children. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, said a car bomb at the border crossing killed and wounded "many" people. In Turkey, a government official said 48 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1513123/deadly-explosion-rocks-turkey-syria-border-crossing
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Human Rights Watch says evidence 'strongly suggests’ Syria regime used chlorine gas

    Posted May 13th 2014, 04:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut New York-based rights group says there is evidence indicating Assad regime used chlorine gas on three towns under rebel control in April Evidence “strongly ... CL2 – the symbol for chlorine gas. The group acknowledged it could not “independently confirm” that the chlorine gas cylinders caught on film were packed in the barrel bombs that were dropped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511235/human-rights-watch-says-evidence-strongly-suggests-syria-regime-used

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