European dies fighting Islamic State in Syria - monitor

BEIRUT - A European fighting alongside Kurds in Syria has been killed in clashes with hardline Islamic State militants, a group monitoring the conflict said on Tuesday, and Britain said it was aware of reports the person was a British national.


Syrian rebels reject U.N. envoy's ceasefire plan 03 Mar 2015

ISTANBUL - Syrian rebels dealt a blow to a U.N. envoy's proposal for a ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo as his team headed there on Tuesday, saying the plan would only benefit the Syrian government at the expense of the opposition.

U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned 02 Mar 2015

WASHINGTON - About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.


Syrian army takes villages in south 28 Feb 2015

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces have taken control of villages in southern Syria, state media said on Saturday, part of a campaign they started this month against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus.


U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training - Pentagon 27 Feb 2015

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Slain U.S. journalist's father - identification of 'Jihadi John' not important 27 Feb 2015

- The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified.

Teacher denies radicalising Canadian teens headed to Syria 27 Feb 2015

MONTREAL - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalised Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had had only brief contact with one of the six students.

Syria expels three United Nations aid workers 27 Feb 2015

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has expelled three United Nations aid workers, in a move that will harm attempts to deliver relief around the wartorn country, U.N. agencies said on Friday.


Islamic State under pressure as Kurds seize Syrian town 27 Feb 2015

BEIRUT - Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.


France, Britain dismiss calls to renew relations with Syria's Assad 27 Feb 2015

PARIS - France and Britain dismissed on Friday any suggestion of restoring relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying this would likely end all hope of a political transition and push moderates into the arms of radical Islamist groups.

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