U.N. rights inquiry says more Syrians joining Islamic State

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.


All toxic chemicals removed from Syria now at destruction sites - OPCW 24 Jul 2014

AMSTERDAM - All the toxic chemicals removed from Syria under a deal with the Syrian government to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile have been delivered to destruction facilities outside the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday.


Syria says hopes new peace mediator will be fair 23 Jul 2014

BEIRUT - Syria urged a newly appointed international mediator to be "objective and honest" as he seeks an end to the country's civil war, Syrian state television reported on Wednesday.

EU freezes assets of two firms accused of supplying oil to Syria 23 Jul 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Wednesday froze the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

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