Syria

Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014 - U.N.

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GENEVA - At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.

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Syria reinforces air base under Islamic State attack - monitor 8:06am BST

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have sent reinforcements to an air base being attacked by Islamic State militants in northeast Syria where no fewer than 30 of the radical group's fighters were killed on Thursday, a group monitoring the violence said.

Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage 6:44am BST

NEW YORK - A chilling video showing the execution of journalist James Foley by Islamist militants marks the second time an American reporter has been beheaded by captors overseas, echoing the murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002.

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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video 2:55am BST

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

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British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video 21 Aug 2014

LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

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Insight - Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon 21 Aug 2014

BEIRUT - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat.

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U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley 21 Aug 2014

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. - The U.S. military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives. | Video

U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria 21 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. - U.S. forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say U.S. officials 21 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the course with U.S. air strikes, U.S. officials say.

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Islamic State opens new anti-U.S. front with beheading video 20 Aug 2014

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT - Islamic State's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to "destroy the American cross" suggests it has gained enough confidence seizing large areas of Iraq and Syria to take aim at American targets despite the risks.

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Islamic State video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam

Islamic State, a militant group that witnesses and officials say has executed hundreds of members of Iraq's Yazidis, has released a video that seeks to show it enlightened hundreds of members of the religious minority by converting them to Islam. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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