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Jun 28, 2015

Kurds secure Syria’s Kobani as Islamic State targets northeast

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish fighters said they had fully secured the town of Kobani near the Turkish border on Saturday and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants, two days after the hardline group launched an incursion with suicide bombers.

Further east, Islamic State pressed another assault on government-held areas of Hasaka city, clashing with the Syrian army after blowing up a security building late on Friday and triggering a government appeal for residents to take up arms.

Jun 27, 2015

Islamic State kills at least 145 civilians in Syria’s Kobani

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group described on Friday as one of the worst massacres carried out by the hardline group in Syria.

Islamic State pressed a separate assault to capture government-held parts of the northeastern city of Hasaka, blowing up a security building and triggering a government appeal for all residents to take up arms. The United Nations said 60,000 people were reported to have fled the attack.

Jun 27, 2015

Kurds secure Syria’s Kobani after Islamic State attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kurdish fighters said they fully secured the Syrian border town of Kobani on Saturday and killed more than 60 Islamic State militants, two days after the hardline group attacked it with suicide bombers.

Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said around eight members of Islamic State had also escaped north towards the Turkish border after the Kurds pushed back.

Jun 26, 2015

Islamic State kills at least 145 civilians in Syria’s Kobani – monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group described on Friday as the second worst massacre carried out by the hardline group in Syria.

Fighting between the Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State fighters who infiltrated the town at the Turkish border on Thursday continued into a second day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and a Kurdish official said.

Jun 26, 2015

Islamic State commits major massacre in Syria’s Kobani: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has committed its second-biggest civilian massacre in Syria with an attack on the town of Kobani and a nearby village, killing at least 146 civilians so far, a conflict monitor said on Friday.

Fighting between the Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State fighters who infiltrated the town at the Turkish border on Thursday continued into a second day, said Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Jun 26, 2015

Islamic State attacks Syrian army and Kurds in twin assault

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of their “caliphate.”

Islamic State sought to retake the initiative with incursions into the Kurdish-held town of Kobani at the Turkish border and government-held areas of Hasaka city in the northeast.

Jun 25, 2015

Islamic State attacks Syrian government and Kurds in twin assault

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian government and Kurdish militia overnight, moving back onto the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces near the capital of their “caliphate”.

After recent losses to the Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led air strikes, Islamic State sought to retake the initiative with attacks on the Kurdish-held town of Kobani at the Turkish border and government-held areas of Hasaka city in the northeast.

Jun 24, 2015

Kurdish militia wants Syrian rebels to lead attack on Islamic State HQ

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Kurdish militia leading an attack on Islamic State strongholds in Syria so far has no plan to extend the assault to the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa city, and such an advance should be led by Syrian rebels, a Kurdish leader said on Wednesday.

The comments by Saleh Moslem, leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), indicated there is no imminent offensive on Raqqa city by the Kurdish-led forces that have made swift gains against the jihadists backed by U.S.-led air strikes.

Jun 17, 2015

Oxfam seeks greater reach in Syria after Damascus trip

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Global aid agency Oxfam wants to double to three million the number of people it can reach inside Syria with water and hygiene projects, the head of Oxfam’s British office said after meetings with officials in Damascus.

Oxfam has been working with Syria’s Ministry of Water Resources for the past 18 months by drilling wells, repairing old and damaged water networks and trucking water.

Jun 17, 2015

Syrian rebels say launch offensive in southern Syria

BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) – Rebels in southern Syria announced a major offensive on Wednesday to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where bombardments could be seen a short distance away.

Quneitra sits in a sensitive region around 70 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of the capital Damascus and has been the scene of frequent fighting between insurgent groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and the army backed by allied militia.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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