Syria

Fighters from Syrian al Qaeda wing close in on Shi'ite village

BEIRUT - Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front and other Sunni Islamists seized an area south of a Shi'ite Muslim village in north Syria on Sunday after clashes with pro-government fighters, opposition activists said.

Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting - spy agency 23 Nov 2014

BERLIN - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

U.S. pledges $135 million in additional Syria aid after U.N. warnings 22 Nov 2014

ISTANBUL - The United States pledged an additional $135 million in aid for the victims of the Syrian war on Saturday, much of it to help the United Nations with a funding shortfall it had warned could force it to scale back food distribution.

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U.S.-led strikes have killed 910 people in Syria - monitor 22 Nov 2014

BEIRUT - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 910 people, including 52 civilians, since the start of the campaign against Islamic State and other fighters two months ago, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday.

Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service 21 Nov 2014

FISHERS Ind. - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year.

Turkey, U.S. play down differences on fight against Islamic State 21 Nov 2014

ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's removal.

Syrian insurgents attack government-held town near Israel 20 Nov 2014

AMMAN - Fighters from Al Qaeda's Nusra Front and other insurgents attacked and briefly entered Baath City in southern Syria on Thursday, the army's last major bastion in a province flanking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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U.S. war planes strike Qaeda militants in Syrian border town - group 20 Nov 2014

AMMAN - U.S. air strikes on a Syrian border town with Turkey killed at least two militants from Nusra Front, in the fourth such attack against the al Qaeda affiliate group since September, a monitoring group and Syrian activists said on Thursday.

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U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria - officials 20 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants and one against the al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria since Monday and 24 air strikes in Iraq during the same period, the U.S. military said.

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U.S.-led air strikes target Islamic State, Khorasan in Syria - officials 19 Nov 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants and one against the al Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group in Syria since Monday and 24 air strikes in Iraq during the same period, the U.S. military said.

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Briton, Frenchman seen in Islamic State beheading video

A British medical student and a Frenchman are believed to appear in a video showing Islamic State jihadists beheading Syrian soldiers and displaying the severed head of an American aid worker. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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