Agence France-Presse in Beirut

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 100 Islamic State jihadists have been killed in three days of fighting for the strategic Syrian  town of Kobane near the border with Turkey.

Gunmen kidnapped two pilots working for Turkish Airlines early on Friday on Beirut’s airport road, Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said on Friday.


Syrian troops shelled a besieged town near Damascus and clashed with rebels on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday as the country’s conflict entered its 22nd month.

More than 36,000 people have been killed since the outbreak of Syria’s anti-regime revolt in March last year, with an average of 165 people killed a day since August 1, a watchdog said on Wednesday.

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