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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements in fight against Islamic State for embattled Kobane

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 10:53am by Agence France-Presse in Arbil, Iraq

    ... Agence France-Presse in Arbil, Iraq Peshmerga fighters in transit to Kobane on Syria-Turkey border to join comrades and US air strikes against Islamic State jihaidsts who have threatened ... had fallen into the wrong hands. Backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition, Kurdish militia have been defending Kobane against a fierce IS offensive for more than a month. The town ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1622756/iraqi-kurds-agree-reinforcements-fight-against-islamic-state-embattled
  2. 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

    ... by the United States,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Psaki said Allen and Turkish officials discussed ways to advance the effort against the Islamic State group and said a joint military planning team will visit Ankara early next week. “Both sides also agreed that we will continue a dynamic and deepening bilateral consultation process across the multiple lines of effort against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1613492/us-led-coalition-ramps-strikes-against-islamic-state-syria-turkey-border
  3. 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

    ... Agence France-Presse in Mursitpinar In a sign that the tide may be turning against Islamic State radicals fighting to take the town of Kobane on the border between Syria and Turkey reports ... against IS in Iraq, which Washington has made its priority. But US-led warplanes kept up their strikes on the jihadists around Kobane on Syria’s northern border with Turkey, helping the town’s ...

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

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

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

    ... More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children were evacuated from the town after the latest fighting, a member of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party said on Monday. While the battle raged in Kobani, more than 20 Turkish tanks were parked on a hillside 1km from the border. Groups of mainly men travelled towards the border area to protest against inaction by Turkey to protect ...

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

    Syria's Bashar al-Assad makes rare public appearance for Eid prayers

    Posted Oct 05th 2014, 06:08am by AFP

    ... Damascus' top cleric, used his sermon to criticise the international community for backing an uprising against Assad that began in 2011. "Eid is associated with happiness in the life ... and agendas." Syria's government has long accused Western and Arab backers of the uprising against Assad of supporting terrorism and trying to destroy the country. "We pledge to God almighty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1609771/syrias-bashar-al-assad-makes-rare-public-appearance-eid-prayers
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    UN accuses Islamic State, Syrian government of committing war crimes

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

    ... 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 ... or accompanying an "improperly dressed" female relative, and women publicly lashed for not following the group's strict dress code. IS, which declared a "caliphate"- an area ruled ...

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

    Besieged by Syrian rebels, Filipino UN peacekeepers vow to fight

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

    ... 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
  8. 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

    ... against militants advancing on Mount Sinjar and the Kurdish capital of Arbil. The woman was captured last year while working with three humanitarian groups in Syria. A representative ... 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
  9. 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 to a senior minister. He urged Western countries to recognise "new realities" by joining the battle against terrorism and ending their support for rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1554181/assad-wests-ally-against-islamic-state-jihadists-says-syrian-minister
  10. 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 against humanity have been committed time and time again with total impunity” but that the deadlocked UN Security Council had failed to refer the case of Syria to the International Criminal Court ...

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

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