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  1. 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

    ... The circumstances of his death were unclear. A relative, Kenneth McCain, said the US State Department had called his family to inform them that Douglas McCain had been killed in Syria. “We do not know if he was fighting anyone,” said Kenneth McCain, who hung up before answering how he is related to Douglas. Jen Psaki, State Department spokeswoman, said US officials are in contact with the family ...

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

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

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

    ... after the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice on Monday to US airlines banning all flights in Syrian airspace. The agency said armed extremists were "known to be equipped ... of trained terrorists with global reach, even a few missiles pose a potentially catastrophic threat to commercial aviation," wrote Matthew Schroeder, the report's author. The analysis ...

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

    Besieged by Syrian rebels, Filipino UN peacekeepers vow to fight

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

    ... 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-Nusra ...

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

    ISIL ‘crucifies eight rival fighters’ in Syria

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

    ... President Bashar al-Assad which started with pro-democracy protests but has descended into civil war. The Observatory, an anti-Assad group which tracks the violence, said the vast majority were ... fighters, battle-hardened from Iraq. The military gains by ISIL have highlighted how the conflict in Iraq is intertwined with the civil war in Syria, where more than 160,000 people have been killed. ...

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

    Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete: Pentagon

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:43am by Agence France-Presse in Washington and Reuters in Slaviansk

    ... secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby. “Cape Ray departed the Italian port of Gioia Tauro this afternoon for international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where neutralisation operations will soon ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545328/transfer-syrian-chemical-weapons-complete-pentagon
  6. News - World - SYRIA

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

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

    ... for the 2015 financial year, which begins on October 1. The bulk of that amount, US$58.6 billion, has been allocated to the Defence Department. In a separate statement, National Security Council ...

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

    Syrian rebels start withdrawal from Homs, cradle of uprising

    Posted May 07th 2014, 06:27pm by Reuters

    ... as a charade. They say no credible election can be held in a country fractured by ongoing civil war, with swathes of territory outside government control, 6 million people displaced and another 2.5 ... buses collected the departing rebel fighters from Homs. A total of 1,200 fighters are expected to leave Homs in stages, carefully synchronised with the aid delivery and the release of several ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1506673/syrian-rebels-start-withdrawal-homs-cradle-uprising
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    100,000 victims’ names read in global protest against UN inaction on Syria

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 08:49pm by AFP

    ... of the more than 160,000 people killed during the three-year civil war were to be read during a 24-hour period in cities across North America, Europe and inside Syria. Demonstrators held up a banner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1524687/100000-victims-names-read-global-protest-against-un-inaction-syria
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

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

    ... dead. "The American citizen involved in the suicide bombing in Syria is believed to be Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. Abu-Salha ...

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

    UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologises to Syrian people as he steps down

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:46pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York UN mediator, who will step down on May 31, apologises to the Syrian people for failing to broker peace in bloody three-year civil war Demoralised brahimi bows out Syria mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, who is stepping down on May 31, has apologised to the Syrian people for failing to broker peace in the three-year civil war. Brahimi had long threatened to quit, just ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512152/un-mediator-lakhdar-brahimi-apologises-syrian-people-he-steps-down

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