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Iran President under scrutiny over juvenile executions

The case presented by the Iranian judiciary was simple: In the southern province of Fars, Fatemeh Salbehi suffocated her husband after drugging him, a capital crime in the Islamic Republic.

14 Apr 2016 6:29 AM

Army pressures ISIS in central Syria

Regime troops were locked in heavy fighting on Tuesday with ISIS in central Syria, where they dealt the jihadists a major blow by seizing the ancient city of Palmyra.

30 Mar 2016 7:16 AM

Syrian soldiers retake Palmyra from ISIS

Syrian soldiers recaptured the old citadel of Palmyra overlooking the city's ancient ruins on Friday, state media and a monitoring group said, in an offensive which could open up much of eastern Syria

26 Mar 2016 5:44 AM

Islamic State group tells 15,000 civilians to leave

The Islamic State group called on the 15,000 or so civilians still living in Palmyra to leave the famed ancient city on Thursday as Syrian pro-government forces closed in, a monitoring group said.

25 Mar 2016 3:18 AM

Brussels attacks: Autonomous ISIS cells a ‘nightmare’

Jihadist cells like the one that carried out the Br-ussels attacks are supported by the ISIS group’s leadership in the Middle East, but are choosing themselves where and when to strike, experts say.

24 Mar 2016 6:01 AM

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Syrian government refuses to discuss Assad’s future

The fate of President Bas-har al-Assad will play no part in talks to end the Syrian war, the head of the government’s delegation said, leading the UN peace envoy to warn that lack of progress on the i

23 Mar 2016 12:30 AM

Airstrikes ‘kill 39 civilians’ in ISIS bastion in Syria

A wave of airstrikes killed at least 39 civilians on Saturday in Raqa, the main stronghold of ISIS in Syria, a monitoring group said.

20 Mar 2016 3:39 AM

Captive British journalist appears in new IS video

It is first video featuring John Cantlie to be released by IS since Feb 2015, when he appeared in what he said was Syria's Aleppo province.

19 Mar 2016 2:35 PM

Kurds to declare federal system in north Syria

Kurdish-led parties meeting in northern Syria on Wednesday are expected to declare a new federal system in areas under their control, two Kurdish officials said.

17 Mar 2016 6:05 AM

Al Qaeda forms alliance to ‘liberate Damascus’

Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front on Tuesday said it and two other jihadist groups had formed the so-called Army of Fustat with the aim of “liberating Damascus from invaders and usurpers”, th

16 Mar 2016 6:56 AM

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Al Qaeda forms alliance to ‘liberate Damascus’

Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front on Tuesday said it and two other jihadist groups had formed the so-called Army of Fustat with the aim of “liberating Damascus from invaders and usurpers”, th

16 Mar 2016 6:52 AM

Al Qaeda forms alliance to ‘liberate Damascus’

Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front on Tuesday said it and two other jihadist groups had formed the so-called Army of Fustat with the aim of “liberating Damascus from invaders and usurpers”, th

16 Mar 2016 6:34 AM

Despite rejecting it, Qaeda in Syria respects truce

Although Al Qaeda’s wing in Syria has rejected an international effort to halt nearly five years of conflict, its fighters have laid low, careful not to jeopardise the fragile agreement that has slowe

07 Mar 2016 12:59 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vows to ‘do our part’ so shaky Syria ceasefire holds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pledged on Tuesday to do his part to guarantee the success of a shaky ceasefire that was largely holding into its fourth day.

02 Mar 2016 7:14 AM

Truce halts most Syria fighting

Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, as a cessation of hostilities appeared to hold for its first day.

28 Feb 2016 1:30 AM

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Syria fighting largely halts as ceasefire begins

Monitoring group, UN reported only isolated fire in western Syria after the ceasefire began.

27 Feb 2016 10:49 AM

Doubts over US-Russia deal for Syria

ISIS fighters were reported to have tightened their grip on a Syrian government supply route to Aleppo on Tuesday as the Army battled to retake the road, which is important to its campaign to retake t

23 Feb 2016 11:58 PM

Push for truce in Syria following worst ISIS attack

Efforts intensified for a partial truce in Syria as fighting raged near Aleppo on Monday and after the country suffered its bloodiest jihadist attack in nearly five years of war.

23 Feb 2016 7:07 AM

Truce in doubt as strikes on 5 hospitals kill 50 in Syria

Russia says didn’t hit hospitals

17 Feb 2016 5:50 AM

In Syria, a bigger role for Russia strategists

People gather on the rubble of a hospital, supported by Doctors Without Borders, near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria’s northern province of Idlib, on Monday after the building was hit by suspected Russian airstrikes. (Photo: AFP)

17 Feb 2016 2:06 AM

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