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  1. 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
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

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

    ... Reuters in Geneva IS executioners make Friday fright day Islamic State (IS) forces in northern Syria are waging a campaign to instil fear, carrying out amputations, public executions and whippings, UN investigators said yesterday. Syria's government and IS insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their war against each other, the investigators ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581221/un-accuses-islamic-state-mass-atrocities-jihadist-held-syria
  3. 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

    ... 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 woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the radical group. The Islamic State group recently threatened to kill American hostages to avenge the crushing airstrikes in Iraq ...

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

    United States increases pressure to allow aid into 'starving' Homs

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 11:19pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva Damascussayswomen and children can leave besieged city and that it will let in humanitarian assistance by arrangement with the UN Push to agree on aid for Homs The United States yesterday demanded that Syria allow aid into the "starving" city of Homs, as talks aimed at ending three years of civil war hit more trouble over the future of President Bashar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1415339/united-states-increases-pressure-allow-aid-starving-homs
  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

    ... released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said, as UK media identified a former rap artist as a prime suspect. The masked knifeman shown ... 500 Britons believed to have gone to join the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Britain's ambassador to the United States, Peter Westmacott, told CNN's State of the Union programme ...

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

    Besieged by Syrian rebels, Filipino UN peacekeepers vow to fight

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

    ... group of 43 peacekeepers from Fiji who have been taken hostage by the antiDamascus fighters, officials said. The United Nations Security Council "strongly condemned" the assaults against the peacekeepers, known as "blue helmets", which it said were carried out by "terrorist groups and by members of non-state armed groups". The 75 Filipino peacekeepers ...

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

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

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 12:49pm

    ... Associated Press in Washington Days after one American reporter's beheading, militants in Syria free another, prompting gratitude from John Kerry The United States has found something ... as any American is held captive, the United States government will do everything in our power to bring them home safely." Curtis has written for the New Republic and in 2011 wrote a book ...

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

    United States, China agree on need for binding Syria resolution, says official

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York 'US, China agree on Syria resolution' The United States and China are in strong agreement on the need for the 15-member UN Security Council to quickly adopt ... to act quickly and for OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) to similarly act quickly," the official said. Envoys from the United States, Russia, France, China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1318658/united-states-china-agree-need-binding-syria-resolution-says-official
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    United States and Russia agree plan for Syria to give up chemical weapons

    Posted Sep 14th 2013, 07:52pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Geneva President Assad given one week to provide details of chemical weapons US, Russia agree plan for Syria's weapons The United States and Russia yesterday ... with the accord. Obama said that if the regime of Assad did not live up to the deal, "the United States remains prepared to act". Kerry said the steps agreed to yesterday would be encapsulated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1309888/united-states-and-russia-agree-plan-syria-give-chemical-weapons
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Dozens of soldiers beheaded as Islamic State captures Syrian military base

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

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Ankara Dozens of headless bodies of Division 17 troops displayed at scene and pictures of them tweeted Islamic State takes Syrian base, beheads its soldiers Militants 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 ...

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

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