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  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:15:30 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:33:55 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:42:47 GMT
    A Jordanian military official says his country's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border, which eyewitnesses say was a drone.
    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.
  • Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:42:06 GMT
    Activists say fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides.
    Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on...
  • Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Norway warns of 'concrete threat' linked to Syria

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:42:33 GMT
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
    Norway's intelligence service says it has been warned of an imminent "concrete threat" against the nation from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria.
  • Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

    Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:43:09 GMT
    A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group.
    A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group.
  • Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:01:27 GMT
    Activists say Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, as the death toll from three days of fighting rises to more than 200.
    Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, activists said Saturday, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.
  • 15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:48 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:48:36 GMT
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:29:45 GMT
    Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix...
    Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads,...
  • Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:40:50 GMT
    Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday.
    Islamic extremists killed at least 115 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured a gas field in central Syria following daylong clashes, activists said Friday.
  • Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:21:29 GMT
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
  • Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:00:39 GMT
    Activists say that Syrian government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to wrest it from rebels.
    Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday.
  • Assad declares victory, push to topple him tenuous

    Assad declares victory, push to topple him tenuous

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:43:16 GMT
    Syria's state run media are saying that President Bashar Assad will be sworn in shortly, marking the beginning of his third seven-year term in office.
    In a lavish ceremony, a smiling and confident President Bashar Assad was sworn in for a third seven-year term on Wednesday, praising his supporters for "defeating the dirty war" and denouncing insurgents who have "failed...
  • Sunni jihadi group expels rivals from Syrian city

    Sunni jihadi group expels rivals from Syrian city

    Monday, July 14 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-07-14 18:06:54 GMT
    Lebanese officials and a Syrian activist group say heavy clashes along the Syria-Lebanon border have killed several people, including a number of Hezbollah fighters.
    A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after expelling rival fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, activists said.
  • British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    British jihadists join ISIS for jihad

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:29:09 GMT
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
    ISIS has issued a call to jihad and is using a propaganda video to recruit new followers, many from Europe.
  • Surviving in Syria

    Surviving in Syria

    Saturday, November 16 2013 2:57 PM EST2013-11-16 19:57:00 GMT
    Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)Scud missiles are being dropped on Aleppo, turning parts of the city into rubble. (Source: CNN)
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
    Survivors are barely hanging on from the devastation of the Syrian civil war.
  • Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Skepticism surrounds Russia's proposed deal with Syria

    Saturday, September 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-09-21 20:24:00 GMT
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
    With the U.S. backing off its push for military action in Syria, world leaders are watching to see if the Damascus regime will give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
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  • Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Russia ordered to pay $50 billion over Yukos

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:15:53 GMT
    The former majority shareholder in Yukos Oil Company says it has won in excess of $50 billion in a court ruling against Russia.
    Russian President Vladimir Putin's government must pay $50 billion for using tax claims to destroy Yukos, once the country's largest oil producer, and its Kremlin-critical CEO, an international court has ruled.
  • Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:47:14 GMT
    Officials in rebellion-wracked eastern Ukraine say at least eight civilians have been killed by fighting and shelling in two cities held by separatist militants.
    Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police...
  • Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:46:56 GMT
    The Libyan government is appealing for "international help" after several oil tankers caught fire amid clashes over the country's international airport in the capital, Tripoli.
    A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the...
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