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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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Syria: news

IS fighters seize Syria airbase

Sunday, August 24th 2014, 21:42

Fighters from Islamic State have seized a strategic Syrian government airbase after days of fighting which killed hundreds, activist groups say.
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US journalist released in Syria

Sunday, August 24th 2014, 20:29
related countries: United States United States

American journalist Theo Curtis has been released after being held captive by militants in Syria for two years, the US secretary of state says.
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Assad and the US: New BFFs?

Saturday, August 23rd 2014, 7:09
related countries: United States United States

Should US "play nice" with Syria's Assad to defeat IS?
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VIDEO: What are options in fight against IS?

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 21:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

As Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announces Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, the BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports on the options in the fight against the IS regime.
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Syria death toll 'more than 191,000'

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 15:24

More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April, UN says.
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UK won't work with Assad - Hammond

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 14:52
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain will not work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against Islamic State extremists, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says.
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IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 13:59
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, senior American officials warn.
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VIDEO: The threat posed by Dutch jihadists

Friday, August 22nd 2014, 11:02
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Netherlands Netherlands

Islamic State militants have been accused of a number of atrocities in Iraq and Syria - but it is not just people from the region who have been fighting for the group.
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Timeline: How the Syria conflict has spread

Thursday, August 21st 2014, 15:40

How Syria's war has changed and spread in a year
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Did inaction over Syria foment regional chaos?

Thursday, August 21st 2014, 8:19

Did inaction over Syria foment deeper regional crisis?
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US military tried to free Foley

Thursday, August 21st 2014, 4:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Foley

A US secret military mission recently tried but failed to free American hostages in Syria, including murdered reporter James Foley, US officials say.
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Jihadist suspects held in Austria

Wednesday, August 20th 2014, 15:37
related countries: Austria Austria

Nine people are arrested by police in Austria on suspicion of planning to join Islamist militant groups in Syria.
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Syrian conflict: Untold misery of child brides

Wednesday, August 20th 2014, 0:41

Why Syrian refugees are marrying off their children
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VIDEO: Sad lament of Syrian child brides

Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 22:45

There has been a sharp increase in the number of girls under 18, who have fled the conflict in Syria, being forced into early marriages, the United Nations has told the BBC.
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Syria airspace ban for US airlines

Tuesday, August 19th 2014, 15:06
related countries: United States United States

The US aviation authority bans American carriers from flying over Syria, citing potential security risks from "armed extremist groups".
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VIDEO: Refugee boy 'abandoned in desert'

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 21:43
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The BBC's Paul Wood has travelled through northern Syria and northern Iraq and has met with civilians who have had their lives destroyed by the crisis in the region.
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IS 'kill hundreds' in Iraq and Syria

Sunday, August 17th 2014, 1:54
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Islamic State militants are accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
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UK welcomes fresh pressure on IS

Saturday, August 16th 2014, 11:23
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Britain welcomes the passing of a United Nations resolution it drafted, which is designed to weaken Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
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Syria recaptures key rebel district

Thursday, August 14th 2014, 12:50
related places: Damascus

Syrian government forces have retaken a key district of the capital Damascus from opposition forces, activists and state media say.
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Woman cleared over Syria terror cash

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 15:48

A woman accused of trying to smuggle £15,800 worth of euros in her underwear to a Briton fighting in Syria is found not guilty of funding terrorism.
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Syrian sarin gas chemicals destroyed

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 15:25

The international chemical weapons watchdog says all the precursor chemicals for sarin gas removed from Syria have now been destroyed.
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Islamic State seizes towns in Syria

Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 10:59
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Aleppo

Militants from the Islamic State group capture several towns close to Syria's border with Turkey, cutting supply lines for rebels in Aleppo.
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'Action needed' on foreign fighters

Tuesday, August 12th 2014, 7:26
related countries: Australia Australia, Iraq Iraq, United States United States

The US and Australia highlight the threat posed by foreign jihadi fighters returning from Syria and Iraq, amid horror in Australia over a graphic image of a young boy.
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GSK faces bribery claims in Syria

Monday, August 11th 2014, 18:04

The international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline faces new claims that it bribed Syrian distributors to increase sales in the country,
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'Islamists' held in Kosovo raids

Monday, August 11th 2014, 12:05
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Forty men suspected of fighting in Iraq and Syria are arrested by police in Kosovo, in an operation targeting Islamist extremists.
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Australia boy 'holds severed head'

Monday, August 11th 2014, 4:18
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

Australia's PM condemns an image showing a boy, reportedly the son of an Australian ex-terror convict, holding the severed head of a Syrian.
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Obama vows to stop jihadist state

Saturday, August 9th 2014, 13:28
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

US President Barack Obama says he will not allow jihadist militants to carve out a "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq as the UK joins the humanitarian air drop.
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Syrian rebels 'leave Lebanese town'

Thursday, August 7th 2014, 17:13
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Islamist rebels from Syria reportedly withdraw from the Lebanese border town of Arsal after days of fighting with the Lebanese army ended in a truce.
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Briton tells of his 'fighting in Iraq'

Thursday, August 7th 2014, 14:20
related countries: Iraq Iraq

A Briton who claims to be fighting alongside militants in Syria tells the BBC he also recently went to Iraq to be at the "forefront of the fighting".
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Palestinians from Syria 'unwelcome'

Thursday, August 7th 2014, 14:07
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Jordan is turning away Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
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France to speed up arms for Lebanon

Tuesday, August 5th 2014, 23:50
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

France says it will speed up a delivery of weapons to Lebanon, as clashes between the army and Syrian rebels continue despite a temporary truce.
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Thousands flee Lebanese border town

Monday, August 4th 2014, 12:01
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees flee clashes between the Lebanese army and Syrian rebels who raided a border town.
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Troops killed in Lebanon border raid

Sunday, August 3rd 2014, 7:59
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Eight Lebanese soldiers are killed in clashes with Syrian rebels who raided the border town of Arsal in Lebanon.
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Syrian rebels raid Lebanese town

Sunday, August 3rd 2014, 6:46
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

There are scenes of chaos as Islamist rebels from Syria raid a border town in Lebanon, killing members of the security forces and abducting others.
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Syrian villagers drive out jihadists

Saturday, August 2nd 2014, 17:25

Villagers in eastern Syria drive out Islamic State militants, in a rare display of local resistance to the group, as fighting rages in neighbouring Iraq.
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Business booms at Jordan's Zaatari camp

Wednesday, July 30th 2014, 0:06
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Syrian refugees spotting business opportunities in Jordan camp
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No place to hide for children of war

Sunday, July 27th 2014, 23:09

Lyse Doucet on the plight of children in Syria and Gaza
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Isis 'may be on UN war crimes list'

Saturday, July 26th 2014, 14:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) may be added to a list of war crimes suspects in Syria, a UN investigator says.
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VIDEO: Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base

Friday, July 25th 2014, 22:26
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have taken over a large Syrian army base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa in north-eastern Syria.
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Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base

Friday, July 25th 2014, 16:11
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa.
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UN sends 'unofficial' aid to Syria

Thursday, July 24th 2014, 21:39
related places: Damascus

The first UN aid shipment to Syria delivered without the consent of the government has arrived in the north of the country.
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Norway in Syria-linked terror alert

Thursday, July 24th 2014, 11:01
related countries: Norway Norway

Norway is boosting security because of an imminent threat from people linked to Islamist militants in Syria, Norway's intelligence chief says.
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Syria deaths mount as world looks on

Thursday, July 24th 2014, 1:40

Fighting continues, as Syria's Assad strengthens his position
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VIDEO: Hundreds die in Syria 'deadliest week'

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014, 17:31

More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in seven days as fighting in Syria intensifies.
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The international team trying to save Syrian antiquities

Monday, July 21st 2014, 15:40

Experts try to save Syria's art from afar
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Syrians in prison 'despite amnesty'

Friday, July 18th 2014, 16:34

Many activists in Syria remain in detention despite an amnesty declared last month, a group of 12 human rights and civil society groups says.
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The Belgian fathers who lost their sons in Syria

Friday, July 18th 2014, 9:58
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Pain of Belgian father who lost his son to Isis
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While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria

Friday, July 18th 2014, 1:18

While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria
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Assad sworn in for third Syria term

Wednesday, July 16th 2014, 11:05

Bashar al-Assad is sworn in for a third seven-year term as president of Syria, after an election last month that opponents dismissed as a "farce".
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UN authorises Syria aid convoys

Monday, July 14th 2014, 18:14

The UN Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution on Syria allowing aid convoys to go into rebel-held areas without government approval.
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VIDEO: Baby rescued from rubble in Aleppo

Friday, July 11th 2014, 23:47
related places: Aleppo

A two-month-old baby has been rescued from under rubble in the war-battered city of Aleppo in Syria.
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Seeking missing sons in Syria

Friday, July 11th 2014, 14:32

The Belgians trying to win their sons back from Isis
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VIDEO: Meet man hunting sons lost to Isis

Friday, July 11th 2014, 14:15
related countries: Belgium Belgium

The BBC's Duncan Crawford meets a parent headed to Syria to try to persuade his son to abandon the militant group Isis and go home to Belgium.
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The ancient sites targeted by high-tech guns

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 23:30

How ancient treasures in Syria are being bombed to pieces
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France eyes anti-terror travel ban

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 16:21
related countries: France France, Iraq Iraq

The French government proposes travels bans to stop citizens travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Islamist militants.
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Syria opposition elects new leader

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 16:09
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Syria's main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, elects Hadi al-Bahra as its new president at a meeting in Turkey.
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VIDEO: UK sold sarin ingredients to Syria

Wednesday, July 9th 2014, 15:08
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK companies were the sole supplier to Syria of three important ingredients in the production of deadly nerve agent sarin, BBC Newsnight learns.
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UK sold sarin ingredients to Syria

Tuesday, July 8th 2014, 21:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK companies were the sole supplier to Syria of three important ingredients in the production of deadly nerve agent sarin, BBC Newsnight learns.
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