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Syrian militants capture 43 UN soldiers, 81 trapped

Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 UN peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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Obama says no military strategy yet on Islamic State

President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he has not yet developed a broad strategy for confronting Islamic State in an acknowledgement that he has not decided whether to launch air strikes against the militant group in Syria.

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Iraq, Syria pose Saudi dilemma: failed states or Iran proxies

With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia faces a dilemma. Saudi Arabia has long seen the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as a pivotal battle for

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Islamic State executes 250 Syrian soldiers

Islamic State fighters have executed 250 Syrian soldiers captured when the group seized an air base in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday and confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter.

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US air strikes on Syria could face formidable obstacles

American forces face formidable challenges as President Barack Obama considers an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria, including intelligence gaps on potential targets, concerns about Syria's air defenses and fears that the militants m

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ISIS, Syrian government committing war crimes: UN

The Syrian government and Islamic State insurgents are both committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in their increasingly brutal fight against each other, UN investigators said on Wednesday. Islamic State forces in north

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500 dead as Islamic State seizes Syrian air base

Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing it from government forces after days of fighting that cost more than 500 lives, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights s

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Syria death toll tops 190,000 in 3 years

More than 191,000 people were killed in the first three years of Syria's civil war, a UN report said on Friday, and the world body's human rights envoy rebuked leading powers for failing to halt what she branded a "wholly avoidable

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US bars American airlines from flying over Syria

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat." The FAA had previously warned American carriers to avo

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$2m school pledge for Syria refugees

Bahrain has pledged to build another school worth $2 million for Syrian refugees in Jordan within the next six months. The Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) signed an agreement with the Jordanian Charity Organisation (JCO) to const

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