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Mar 23, 2015

Islamic State moves west to attack Syrian army in Homs: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters attacked a military airport in Syria’s Homs province on Monday as they pressed a westward offensive against government strongholds, a monitoring group said.

Forays by Islamic State, which is strongest in the northeast and east, into the provinces of Homs, Hama and even Damascus pose a fresh challenge for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 18, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills six in gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 17, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills 6 in toxic gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces had carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 12, 2015

Aid groups say U.N. Security Council failed Syria, 2014 worst year yet

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Aid agencies said on Thursday that 2014 was the worst year of the Syrian conflict so far and that three United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at alleviating the suffering had failed.

Syria’s crisis started in March 2011 with protests against the government and descended into a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people.

Mar 1, 2015

U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves itself after losses

BEIRUT (Reuters) – One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents.

Hazzm is one of the last remnants of non-jihadist opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Syria, much of which has been seized by the Nusra Front and Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda that controls roughly a third of Syria.

Feb 26, 2015

Islamic State snatches 220 from Christian villages: Syria monitoring group

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three-day offensive, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Thursday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the abductions took place when Islamic State captured 10 villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka, a city mainly held by the Kurds, in the past three days.

Feb 10, 2015

Syrian government launches offensive against rebels in south

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s army gained ground from rebels in the south on Tuesday in what a monitoring group described as a large-scale offensive in the region backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters against insurgents including al Qaeda’s Syrian wing.

The south is one of the last remaining areas where mainstream, non-jihadist rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have a foothold. Just a short drive to Damascus, the area remains a risk to the Syrian leader, who has otherwise consolidated control over much of the west.

Feb 4, 2015

Lebanese fashion school scouts talent in refugee camps, orphanages

BEIRUT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – It’s in the refugee camps and
orphanages of Lebanon that Creative Space Beirut, a fashion
school, looks for emerging talent for its three-year programme
taught by top Lebanese and international designers.

Sarah Hermez, 28, founder and director of Creative Space,
chooses ten underprivileged students from different backgrounds
to join her school in the art district of east Beirut.

Feb 3, 2015

WFP alarmed by pictures of ISIS logos on its Syria food parcels

GENEVA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has declared itself “extremely concerned” by photographs showing its food parcels being handed out in Syria with Islamic State logos on them.

Images circulating on social media show food being distributed from cardboard boxes with “Islamic State in Syria” labels pasted over the WFP logo.

Jan 30, 2015

Syria battle between al Qaeda and Western-backed group spreads

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Fighting between the Syrian arm of al Qaeda and Western-backed rebels in northern Syria spread from Aleppo province into neighboring Idlib on Friday, the rebel group and an organization monitoring the civil war said.

Clashes began on Thursday when the al Qaeda Syria wing, the Nusra Front, seized positions from the Hazzm movement west of Aleppo, threatening one of the few remaining pockets of the non-jihadist insurgency.