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Activists: Outreach made to IS over Christian captives
by Ryan Lucas - March 2, 2015 - 4:18am
Syrian Christian leaders and Sunni tribal sheikhs are reaching out to the Islamic State group to try to negotiate the release of more than 220 Christians who were kidnapped by the militants last week, activists said...
A look at the Islamic State group's reach into North Africa
by Ryan Lucas - February 17, 2015 - 8:00am
The mass beheadings of Egyptian Christians by militants in Libya linked to the Islamic State group have thrown a spotlight on the threat the extremists pose beyond their heartland in Syria and Iraq, where they have...
Syria wants coordination with Lebanon on new visa rules
by Ryan Lucas - January 4, 2015 - 3:08am
Syria's ambassador to Lebanon called on yesterday for coordination with Lebanese authorities after Beirut announced plans to impose unprecedented restrictions on Syrians trying to enter Lebanon.
Satellite images show damage to Syrian cultural sites
by Ryan Lucas - December 24, 2014 - 4:08am
Satellite imagery shows that at least 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria have been damaged by the country's civil war, a UN agency said yesterday.
Islamic State fighters shell Syrian Kurdish town
by Ryan Lucas - October 6, 2014 - 5:31am
Islamic State militants on yesterday shelled a beleaguered Syrian Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, sending smoke billowing into the sky as Kurdish militiamen scrambled to repel the extremists' offensive,...
US-led strikes hit IS group oil sites for 2nd day
by Ryan Lucas - September 26, 2014 - 5:42pm
U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of...
US faces Arab reluctance in Islamic State fight
by Ryan Lucas - September 10, 2014 - 2:45am
Stitching together a broad coalition to tackle the extremist Islamic State group hinges on overcoming the reluctance of US allies in the Middle East who are deeply frustrated with a White House that they believe...
Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights
by Ryan Lucas - September 2, 2014 - 8:18am
Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.
Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants
by Ryan Lucas - August 27, 2014 - 4:22am
Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would...
Alarm, ridicule for declaration of Islamic state
by Ryan Lucas - July 1, 2014 - 4:19am
A militant group's declaration of an Islamic state in territory it controls in Syria and Iraq touched off celebrations among its followers but drew condemnation and even ridicule from rivals and officials in Baghdad...
Syrian rebel infighting kills at least 630 in east
by Ryan Lucas - June 11, 2014 - 4:03am
Fighting in eastern Syria between Islamic rebel brigades and an al-Qaeda splinter group has killed more than 630 people and uprooted at least 130,000 since the end of April, an activist group said yesterday.
UN: 5.5 million Syrian children affected by war
by Ryan Lucas - March 12, 2014 - 7:06am
The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country's children — with devastating effects on the...
Syrian rebels announce offensive outside Aleppo
by Ryan Lucas - February 7, 2014 - 5:43am
Syrian rebels launched an offensive in the northern province of Aleppo on Thursday, as government airstrikes killed at least 11 people in an opposition-held neighborhood of the provincial capital, activists sai...
UN rescinds invitation to Iran to attend talks
by Ryan Lucas - January 21, 2014 - 9:03am
A last-minute U.N. invitation for Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks threw the long-awaited Geneva conference into doubt Monday, forcing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind his offer under intense U.S. pressure...
Syria talks set to open amid low expectations
by Ryan Lucas - January 21, 2014 - 6:47am
With stakes high and expectations low, Syria's government and its opponents sit down face-to-face at an international peace conference this week for the first time — muscled to the negotiating table by foreign...
Syrian rebels clash with al-Qaeda-linked fighters
by Ryan Lucas - January 7, 2014 - 3:51am
Syrian opposition fighters battled rival rebels from an al-Qaeda-linked faction across parts of northern Syria on Sunday, as deep fissures within the insurgency erupted into some of the most serious and sustained...
Syrian airstrikes pound rebel areas
by Ryan Lucas - December 17, 2013 - 4:05am
A day after airstrikes killed at least 76 people, Syrian government aircraft pounded opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo and near the southern border with Jordan on yesterday, while the United Nations...
Lebanon pushed to edge - but, somehow, not over it
by Ryan Lucas - November 22, 2013 - 8:00am
By nearly all measures, Lebanon should have long ago buckled under the weight of Syria's civil war.
Assad gaining ground in Syrian civil war
by Ryan Lucas - November 17, 2013 - 4:14am
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have firmly seized the momentum in the country's civil war in recent weeks, capturing one rebel stronghold after another and triumphantly planting the two-starred Syrian...
Syrian official says chemical deal a 'victory'
by Ryan Lucas - September 16, 2013 - 6:10am
A high-ranking Syrian official on yesterday welcomed the US-Russian agreement to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, calling it a "victory" for Damascus.
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