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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Islamic State jihadists take heavy losses in battle for Kobane on Syria-Turkey border

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 08:34pm by Agence France-Presse in Mursitpinar

    ... backer of Abadi’s government in its efforts to hold back the jihadist advance. According to a senior Iraqi Kurdish official, it has deployed troops on the Iraqi side of the border in the Khanaqin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1620019/islamic-state-jihadists-take-heavy-losses-battle-kobane-syria-turkey
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian border town is 'about to fall', warns Turkey

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 04:17am by Reuters

    ... Kobani. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at dozens of demonstrators in a field near the border. Thousands across Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast have taken to the streets protesting in solidarity for Kobani. One young pro-Kurdish protester was killed in the southeastern city of Mus while police used tear gas and water canon to disperse angry protests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1611780/syrian-border-town-about-fall-warns-turkey
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    US-led coalition ramps up strikes against Islamic State in Syria-Turkey border town

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 10:49am by Associated Press in Mursitpinar, Turkey

    ... a deal is reached with the coalition. “Turkey will not hold back from carrying out its role,” he said. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have spoken ... there continue to control most of the city and are holding out against ISIL,” it said, using an acronym Islamic State, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. But the Pentagon has said the town may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1613492/us-led-coalition-ramps-strikes-against-islamic-state-syria-turkey-border
  4. News - World - SYRIA

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

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

    ... that killed 224 people. Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who rapped by the name L Jinny, recently posted a picture of himself on Twitter holding up a severed head, The Independent reported. "Chillin' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580663/uk-close-identifying-james-foleys-executioner-reports-point-rapper
  5. 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

    ... Associated Press in Washington US officials say humanitarian aid worker, 26, is being held in Syria; also confirm death of American who joined Islamist militants US fears for life of aid worker held by Islamic State The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said. The 26-year-old ...

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

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

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... governments, he pleads for them to contact a named intermediary before it is too late. "They have given me three days to live," he says as a man holding an assault rifle and dressed ...

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

    Australian grandfather in tears at Syria photo of seven-year-old boy with severed head

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:43am

    ... pictured holding a severed head in Syria said the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks on Tuesday. ... posing with three young boys believed to be his sons. All were holding guns in front of the flag of the Islamic State militants who have swept across Iraq and Syria, seizing swathes of territory. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1571921/im-scared-children-australian-grandfather-tears-syria-photo-seven-year-old-severed
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Outrage over image of Australian boy with Syrian soldier’s severed head

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:02pm by AP

    ... A shocking image of what is believed to be the seven-year-old son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria shows how barbaric the Islamic State "terrorist army" is, ... last year and was now an Islamic State fighter, The Australian newspaper said. It shows a boy struggling to hold up the severed head of a slain Syrian soldier by his hair. It was captioned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571610/outrage-over-image-australian-boy-syrian-soldiers-severed-head
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Putin ‘does not rule out’ approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 07:36pm by Reuters

    ... expected to hold talks with the US President Barack Obama on the summit sidelines, saying there was much to discuss. Ties between the United States and Russia have fallen to one of their lowest ... but was holding off on the delivery of final parts, something Putin threatened could happen if “existing international norms” were violated. Western governments are concerned about the S-300 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1303355/putin-does-not-rule-out-approving-syria-strike-evidence-assad-used-poison
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria applies to join UN poison gas ban as Kerry, Lavrov meet

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed a Russian plan under which Damascus would give up its arsenal of poison gas. The United Nations said it had received Syria’s application to join the Chemical ... attention has been consumed by Syria since he threatened military strikes to punish Assad’s government for a poison gas attack that killed hundreds of people in Damascus suburbs two weeks ago, said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1308861/syria-applies-un-first-step-join-chemical-weapons-treaty

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