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News: Syria

We have started to collect the most important news related to Syria in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Syrian heritage destruction revealed in satellite images

Friday, September 19th 2014, 16:31

Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war
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Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds

Friday, September 19th 2014, 12:20

Turkey allows thousands of Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State to cross its southern border, as the militants close in on a strategic Syrian town.
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Obama hails Congress vote on Syria

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 23:48
related countries: United States United States
related places: Congress

President Obama says Congress's backing for his $500m plan to aid moderate Syrian rebels shows that the US is united against Islamic State.
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Senate backs arming Syria rebels

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 22:38
related countries: United States United States

The US Senate passes a bill authorising a plan to train and arm Syrian rebel groups to fight Islamic State (IS) militants.
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VIDEO: Syrian army 'at war with IS extremists'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 13:13

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen has travelled with the Syrian army to the front line where forces are fighting what they call religious extremists.
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Syria infant deaths 'due to mix-up'

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 10:17

Medics in rebel-held Syria accidentally gave a muscle relaxant to up to 75 children instead of a measles vaccine, killing 15, the opposition says.
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Muslim call for release of hostage

Thursday, September 18th 2014, 9:58
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British Muslim leaders call for the immediate release of Alan Henning, the UK hostage threatened with death by Islamic State extremists in Syria.
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US House approves Obama Syria plan

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 23:47
related countries: United States United States

The US House of Representatives approves President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm the moderate Syrian opposition taking on Islamic State.
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Obama: No US combat mission in Iraq

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 22:27
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

President Barack Obama has said US troops fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria "do not and will not have a combat mission".
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Henning says Syria visit 'worthwhile'

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 20:06

Video footage of British hostage Alan Henning - filmed before he was captured by militants in Syria - shows him saying going to the country was "worthwhile".
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Kosovo 'imams held' in raids on IS

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 18:14
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Prominent imams are among 15 people arrested in Kosovo as police tackle recruitment for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, reports say.
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Dozens killed in Syria air strikes

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 16:24

Almost 50 people have been killed by two days of government air strikes in an opposition-held town in central Syria, activists say.
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Turkey mulls anti-IS 'buffer zone'

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 13:08
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Turkey Turkey

Turkey is developing plans for a buffer zone on its border with Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
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US plan to stop homegrown jihadists

Tuesday, September 16th 2014, 0:55
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

The US government announces a series of programmes aimed at stopping radical Islamists from joining the fighting in countries like Iraq and Syria.
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Trial deal for German 'IS fighter'

Monday, September 15th 2014, 14:55
related countries: Germany Germany

A man on trial in Germany on charges of fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria is offered a shorter jail term in exchange for a confession.
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Egypt key to fighting IS - Kerry

Saturday, September 13th 2014, 15:40
related countries: Egypt Egypt, Iraq Iraq, United States United States

Egypt has a key role to play in countering Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry says on a visit to Cairo.
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US opposes Iran role in IS fight

Friday, September 12th 2014, 19:21
related countries: France France, Iraq Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry says it would be inappropriate for Iran to join a coalition seeking to fight Islamic State (IS) militants.
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VIDEO: US to provide $500m to Syria victims

Friday, September 12th 2014, 17:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: America

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that America will provide another $500m (£307m) in aid to victims of the war in Syria.
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VIDEO: On the border 'protecting' Europe from IS

Friday, September 12th 2014, 4:55
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Turkey insists its 900km-long (560 mile) border with Syria is a bulwark against Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.
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'Nothing ruled out' over Syria - UK

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 22:50
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria have not been ruled out, Number 10 says, after the foreign secretary earlier said Britain would not take part.
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Russia warns US on Syria strikes

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 15:36
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, United States United States
related places: `Arab

Russia warns that US air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.
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Syrian rebels free Fiji peacekeepers

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 13:09
related countries: Fiji Fiji

Forty-five Fijian UN peacekeepers captured by an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in the Syrian Golan Heights have been released, the UN says.
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Obama: US to pursue IS in Syria

Thursday, September 11th 2014, 8:16
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

The US will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State militants in Syria as well as Iraq, President Barack Obama says in a prime-time address to the nation.
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Obama to lay out Islamic State plan

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 22:39
related countries: United States United States

President Barack Obama is due to lay out the US strategy to defeat Islamic State militants, reported to include air strikes in Syria.
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Guilty plea in 'American IS' case

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 20:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Denver

A woman from Denver, Colorado pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State militants in Syria.
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Chlorine gas 'used in Syria attacks'

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 14:18

Chlorine gas was used in attacks in Syria earlier this year, according to the body that seeks to implement global laws banning chemical weapons.
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Explosion kills Syrian rebel leader

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 11:05

The leader and several top commanders of a powerful Syrian Islamist rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham, are killed by an explosion in Idlib province.
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Obama 'has authority' to fight IS

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 7:17
related countries: Iraq Iraq

US President Obama says he "has the authority" to widen military action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without Congressional approval.
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Confusion over Fiji's UN troops

Wednesday, September 10th 2014, 2:52
related countries: Fiji Fiji

Fiji's military says 45 UN peacekeepers taken captive in Syria will be released this week, but a Fijian government official denies the reports.
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Iran arrests 'fighters bound for IS'

Monday, September 8th 2014, 18:26
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Iraq Iraq, Pakistan Pakistan

Iran says it has arrested Afghan and Pakistani citizens who were trying to join Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq.
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Lebanese soldier 'beheaded by IS'

Saturday, September 6th 2014, 22:29
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

A second Lebanese soldier seized by Islamic State militants near the border with Syria last month is reported to have been beheaded.
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Jewish museum suspect 'Syria captor'

Saturday, September 6th 2014, 15:39
related countries: Belgium Belgium, France France
related places: Brussels

A freed French hostage claims that one of the Islamists who held him captive in Syria was the suspect in the Jewish Museum shooting in Brussels.
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VIDEO: The Kurdish women fighting IS

Friday, September 5th 2014, 21:22

The Kurds in Syria there have not received any air support in their battle against IS but men and women are fighting the militants.
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VIDEO: Indonesian teens joining IS fight

Thursday, September 4th 2014, 22:53
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia, Iraq Iraq

Dozens of young Indonesian men have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State and fight with them in the region.
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What is Islamic State?

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 21:41
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Rise of ultra-violent Islamist group destabilising Syria and Iraq
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VIDEO: 'Sorrow and shame' over IS daughter

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 18:24

The parents of a Glasgow woman, believed to be in Syria, have issued an emotional plea for her to return home.
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'Youngest hostage' returns to France

Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 16:51
related countries: France France, Turkey Turkey

A mother arrives back in France from Turkey with her baby after her husband reportedly took the child to Syria.
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VIDEO: ‘I smuggled jihadists into Syria’

Monday, September 1st 2014, 21:31
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Turkey's border with Syria where he met a man who helped smuggle foreign fighters cross the border.
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PM outlines new anti-terror plans

Monday, September 1st 2014, 21:03
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

New powers are needed to seize the passports of terrorist suspects and stop British jihadists from returning to the UK, David Cameron says.
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Fresh clashes erupt in Syrian Golan

Monday, September 1st 2014, 13:39

Fresh fighting between rebels and government forces is being reported in the Syrian Golan Heights, where 44 UN peacekeepers were abducted last week.
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PM may block return of UK jihadists

Sunday, August 31st 2014, 12:29
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

British-born jihadists in Iraq and Syria could be temporarily banned from returning to the UK under new plans being considered by the government, the BBC understands.
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Philippine troops in Syria rescued

Sunday, August 31st 2014, 4:26
related countries: Philippines Philippines

Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive.
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Philippine Syria troops 'attacked'

Saturday, August 30th 2014, 15:58
related countries: Philippines Philippines

A group of Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are "under attack", the Philippine defence minister says.
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VIDEO: Kurdish father's grief at son's death

Friday, August 29th 2014, 20:05
related countries: Iraq Iraq

In a camp for Yazidi refugees, near what was the Iraqi-Syrian border, the father who had to abandon his disabled child has learned that his son has died.
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UK's terror threat level raised

Friday, August 29th 2014, 18:04
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK's terror threat level is raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the government announces.
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VIDEO: Displaced and desperate: Syrians seek refuge

Friday, August 29th 2014, 12:58

The United Nations Refugee Agency says Syria is the "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era", with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes.
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UN demands peacekeepers' release

Friday, August 29th 2014, 10:00
related countries: Fiji Fiji

The UN calls for their "immediate release" of 43 Fijian peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights, captured by an armed group.
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More than 3m have fled Syria - UN

Friday, August 29th 2014, 8:02

The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.
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UN peacekeepers held in Golan

Friday, August 29th 2014, 2:50

Forty-three UN peacekeepers are being held by an armed group in the Syrian Golan Heights, amid heavy fighting between rebels and the army.
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VIDEO: IS 'kills scores' of Syrian soldiers

Friday, August 29th 2014, 0:29

Dozens of Syrian army soldiers appear to have been killed by Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS), activists say.
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IS 'kills dozens of Syrian soldiers'

Thursday, August 28th 2014, 16:03

Islamic State (IS) militants appear to have killed "dozens" of Syrian soldiers captured after gaining control of the Tabqa airbase, activists say.
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IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 16:54

The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report.
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Freed Syria hostage 'overwhelmed'

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 15:44
related countries: United States United States

US journalist Peter Theo Curtis, freed after two years in captivity in Syria, says he is "overwhelmed by emotion" at how many people helped his release.
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VIDEO: Freed journalist 'overwhelmed'

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 15:12
related countries: United States United States

American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, freed after nearly two years in captivity in Syria, makes a statement to the press.
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Met chief backs 'new control orders'

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 12:57
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Measures similar to control orders should be re-introduced to tackle the threat from Britons who fight with militants in Syria and Iraq, the UK's most senior police officer has said.
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Call for Facebook beheadings rethink

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 12:52

Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.
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Australia ups anti-terror efforts

Wednesday, August 27th 2014, 7:11
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Iraq Iraq

New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria.
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American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

Tuesday, August 26th 2014, 23:07
related countries: United States United States

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed.
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