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Insurgents claim capture of last Syrian town in Idlib province

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AMMAN - Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of al Qaeda, said on Thursday it had taken over Ariha, the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government.

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Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins 9:44pm BST

BEIRUT - Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces. | Video

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Outgoing U.N. aid chief paints harrowing portrait of Syria war 9:35pm BST

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' outgoing humanitarian chief on Thursday painted a harrowing portrait of savagery in Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, and urged the Security Council to take collective action to put an end to the carnage.

Syria says Al Jazeera's Nusra interview promotes militant group 1:12pm BST

BEIRUT - A Syrian envoy said Al Jazeera's interview with the leader of Nusra Front violated U.N. counterterrorism resolutions and was an attempt by Qatar to whitewash the image of the al Qaeda affiliate, Syria's state news agency reported on Thursday.

U.S. training of Syria rebel fighters expands to Turkey - source 12:52pm BST

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has started training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey to combat Islamic State, an expected expansion of a programme that first launched in Jordan weeks ago, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims to take Damascus - TV 3:33am BST

BEIRUT - The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce President Bashar al-Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe. | Video

Leader of al Qaeda Syria wing says aims to take Damascus - TV 27 May 2015

BEIRUT - The leader of al Qaeda's Syria wing said his group was focused on capturing Damascus and warned members of the country's minority Alawite sect to renounce President Bashar al-Assad and change their beliefs in order to be safe.

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Analysis - Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion 27 May 2015

LONDON - With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy.

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Syrians lose hope in face of shocking carnage, devastation - U.N. 27 May 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The people of Syria are losing hope in the fifth year of a civil war that has brought levels of death and destruction that are so extreme they should shock the world's collective conscience, the United Nations chief said in a report on Syria.

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Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight 27 May 2015

BEIRUT - Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria's foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city.

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Video shows Islamic state fighters inside notorious Palmyra prison

Islamic State posts video online showing the group in control of Palmyra prison. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.