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'I am responsible,' says grieving father of suicide bomber

23 March 2015, 08:12

The heartbroken father of an Australian schoolboy believed to have died while carrying out an ISIS suicide bombing says he feels ‘totally responsible’ for failing to see that his son needed help.

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Syria says brings down US drone

18 March 2015, 10:20

Syria's state news agency SANA says its air defences brought down a US surveillance plane in the coastal province of Latakia.

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Assad relative assassinated in Syria - monitor

15 March 2015, 08:48

An influential relative of Syrian President Bashar Assad, once infamous for smuggling, has been assassinated in a dispute over control of a key government stronghold.

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British girls helped into Syria by spy

13 March 2015, 11:17

A spy who worked for a country in the coalition that is fighting ISIS had helped three British girls to cross into Syria to join the militants.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

German woman killed fighting with Kurds in Syria

10 March 2015, 10:15

A young German has become the first foreign woman to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria, a monitoring group says.

Friday, 06 March 2015

Syrian army kills top al-Qaeda leader - report

06 March 2015, 10:46

The Syrian army has carried out an operation that killed the military commander of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in north-western Syria, state media reports.

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

British citizen fighting ISIS killed in Syria

04 March 2015, 13:38

British citizen killed in Syria fighting alongside Kurds against Islamic State group.

Friday, 27 February 2015

US-led strikes on ISIS after group seizes 220 Christians

27 February 2015, 07:09

The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

'Jihadi John', a quiet football fan who developed thirst for war

27 February 2015, 16:02

Mohammed Emwazi, named by British and US media as the Islamic State executioner known as "Jihadi John", has been described as a quiet but intense young man who gradually developed a taste for war.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

US condemns ISIS attacks on Christian villages in Syria

26 February 2015, 08:34

The US has condemned recent attacks by ISIS militants on Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, which it said included the burning of homes and churches and abduction of women, children and the elderly.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

150 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS - Activists

25 February 2015, 10:35

ISIS militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in raids in northeastern Syria, Christian Syrian activists say.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ISIS kidnaps dozens of Assyrian Christians

24 February 2015, 14:20

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups say.

Spy chief says Korean teenager joined ISIS

24 February 2015, 16:01

South Korean spy chief says teenager has joined Islamic State group in Syria.

Monday, 23 February 2015

France bans 6 from traveling to extremists in Syria

23 February 2015, 15:20

France bans 6 people from traveling to join extremists in Syria _ plans to ban 40 more.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

ISIS fighters acknowledge defeat in Kobani

31 January 2015, 17:51

Members of ISIS have acknowledged for the first time that they have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

ISIS releases new message by Japanese hostage

29 January 2015, 08:19

ISIS has released a message purportedly extending the deadline for Jordan's release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaeda.

Monday, 26 January 2015

ISIS confirms execution of Japanese hostage

26 January 2015, 07:24

The Islamic State group has confirmed that its militants have executed Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese it has been holding hostage.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Clock ticking for Japanese hostages

22 January 2015, 11:01

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200m ransom.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Video: ISIS threatens to kill Japan hostages

20 January 2015, 11:17

An online video purports to show the ISIS group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it is paid a $200m ransom in 72 hours.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Pope condemns ISIS, decries suffering of children

25 December 2014, 16:50

Pope Francis has condemned the "brutal persecution" of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

ISIS recruits broadly, not just fighters

17 December 2014, 08:30

ISIS is targeting its sophisticated propaganda beyond male fighters, seeking to entice not only wives but also professionals such as doctors, accountants and engineers.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Wife of IS leader detained in Lebanon

02 December 2014, 14:05

Wife of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained in Lebanon along with her son.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

ISIS executes another French citizen

20 November 2014, 08:25

A second Frenchman has been identified after appearing unmasked in a grisly execution video of ISIS.

Sunday, 09 November 2014

Friends of US aid worker call on ISIS to free him

09 November 2014, 07:13

Several Syrian friends of an American aid worker who is held by the ISIS group and threatened of being beheaded have called for his release, saying he converted to Islam and is helping Syrians.

Friday, 07 November 2014

Obama writes rare letter to Iran's supreme leader

07 November 2014, 19:55

In a rare outreach to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in Syria and Iraq.

Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Jihadists free 93 Syrian Kurdish hostages

04 November 2014, 12:29

The ISIS jihadist group has released at least 93 Syrian Kurds from the flashpoint town of Kobane who were kidnapped in February, a monitor says.

Monday, 03 November 2014

Nearly 2 000 dead in Syria jails this year

03 November 2014, 08:33

Nearly 2 000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

ISIS video places UK hostage in Kobane

28 October 2014, 09:24

ISIS has released a video showing a British hostage apparently in Kobane, in a bid to disprove that it was losing the battle for the disputed Syrian border town.

Friday, 24 October 2014

ISIS militants now world's richest

24 October 2014, 08:32

The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Museum to display images of Syrian killings

16 October 2014, 08:23

Images of emaciated and mangled bodies from recent history in Syria are going on public display for the first time at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Monday, 06 October 2014

Parents release photos, letter of IS held aid worker

06 October 2014, 18:35

The parents of an US aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants have released photographs of their son and parts of a letter he wrote them from captivity in which he says he is scared to die but at peace with his belief.

Sunday, 05 October 2014

Parents of US ISIS captive in video plea for release

05 October 2014, 09:19

The parents of an American aid worker being held captive by Islamic State jihadists have issued a video plea for their son’s release, urging his captors to show mercy.

Saturday, 04 October 2014

Obama condemns 'brutal' murder of British captive

04 October 2014, 09:18

US President Barack Obama has condemned the "brutal" murder of British captive Alan Henning, saying the United States would bring those responsible to justice.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Jihadists free 70 kidnapped children in Syria

01 October 2014, 13:25

The Islamic State group has freed more than 70 Kurdish school children its fighters kidnapped in northern Syria in May, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Syrian aircraft shot down over Israeli airspace

23 September 2014, 12:20

An Israeli Patriot missile has shot down a Syrian aircraft that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace,the military says, without disclosing the type of plane it intercepted.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Beheading: Cameron vows to 'hunt down' ISIS

14 September 2014, 16:19

Britain is ready to "take whatever steps are necessary" to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, says PM David Cameron.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Syrian air raids kill 11

11 September 2014, 13:52

Syrian government airstrikes kill at least 11 in northern town.

Thursday, 04 September 2014

'We'll follow terrorists to 'gates of hell'

04 September 2014, 11:00

US vice president: We'll follow terrorists who killed American journalists to 'gates of hell'.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

US says Sotloff beheading video is authentic

03 September 2014, 13:18

The US says that the video showing the beheading of a second US journalist by Islamic State militants is authentic.

Friday, 29 August 2014

UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

29 August 2014, 08:36

UN: The number of refugees from Syria tops 3 million, up by 1 million from a year ago

44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria

29 August 2014, 11:09

44 Fijian soldiers held captive and 75 Philippine troops in standoff with rebels in Syria.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

UN investigators fear for children in ISIS training camps

27 August 2014, 13:13

United Nations investigators voiced concern at the fate of boys forced to join Islamic State training camps in Syria and said that any decision by the United States to bomb the Sunni militant group "must respect the laws of war".

Monday, 25 August 2014

Syria says ready to work with world against 'terror'

25 August 2014, 14:59

Syria is ready to work with the international community, including the United States, to combat "terrorism" within the framework of a UN resolution on extremists, Syria's foreign minister has said.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

39 killed in rebel-jihadist clashes in north Syria

13 August 2014, 16:04

At least 39 fighters were killed in fierce clashes between Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, an NGO said.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fancy a war tour? Jihadists organise tours in their 'caliphate'

23 July 2014, 16:30

Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

Friday, 18 July 2014

Jihadists kill 90 in Syria gas field takeover

18 July 2014, 19:27

Jihadists have killed at least 90 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees when they seized a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group says.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

17 July 2014, 12:55

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Syrian opposition coalition elects new president

09 July 2014, 14:46

Syria's Western-backed opposition National Coalition has elected Hadi al-Bahra as its new president following a three-day meeting in Istanbul.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Militant urges all Muslims to build Islamic state

02 July 2014, 09:20

The leader of the extremist group that has overrun parts of Iraq and Syria has called on Muslims around the world to flock to territories under his control to fight and build an Islamic state.

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