U.N. warns of sanctions for oil trading with Syria, Iraq militants

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council expressed grave concern on Monday over reports that radical militants have seized oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq and warned that anyone caught trading in oil from the "terrorist groups" could face sanctions.

Islamic State militants open office for potential wives - monitor 28 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Syria retakes Homs gas field from hardline group 27 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month.

U.N. rights inquiry says more Syrians joining Islamic State 25 Jul 2014

UNITED NATIONS - More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said U.N. human rights investigators on Friday, in what they described as a "Syrian-ization" of the al Qaeda offshoot.


Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy 25 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.

Islamic State kills Syrian soldiers, captures parts of base - group 25 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - Fighters from al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State killed at least 50 Syrian army soldiers and took over parts of their base on Friday outside the northern city of Raqqa, as the radicals escalated their attacks on government forces, a monitoring group said.

Jordan shoots down unidentified drone near Syria border 25 Jul 2014

AMMAN - Jordan's air force shot down an unidentified drone near the north-eastern border with Syria on Friday, a government spokesman said, the first such event announced by authorities since Syria's crisis began in 2011.

Norway says Islamist militants planning attack in West have left Syria 25 Jul 2014

OSLO - A group of militant Islamists planning to carry out attacks in the West is on its way from Syria, possibly heading towards Norway, police said on Friday.


First U.N. aid convoy enters Syria without government consent 24 Jul 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions of people in need as a tactic of war.

Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway - police 24 Jul 2014

OSLO - Militant Islamists with fighting experience in Syria may be planning an attack in Norway in the coming days, police said on Thursday, as they deployed armed units at borders, airports and railway stations.

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