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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.

Jun 12, 2015

Damascus says it has faced worse times, key areas secure

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The Syrian government says it has weathered worse spells in the four-year-old conflict than the current advances by insurgents across the country and is confident its army can hit back with the help of its allies.

The assessment offered by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in an interview with Reuters in Damascus conflicts with the view of Western officials who see mounting pressure on President Bashar al-Assad from insurgent advances across Syria.

Jun 12, 2015

Interview: Damascus says it has faced worse times, key areas secure

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – The Syrian government says it has weathered worse spells in the four-year-old conflict than the current advances by insurgents across the country and is confident its army can hit back with the help of its allies.

The assessment offered by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in an interview with Reuters in Damascus conflicts with the view of Western officials who see mounting pressure on President Bashar al-Assad from insurgent advances across Syria.

Jun 3, 2015

Syrian troops battle to repel Islamic State attack on city

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian troops and militia battled on Wednesday to repel an Islamic State attack on the city of Hasaka in the northeast, and a Kurdish official said the government forces may not be able to hold off the jihadists.

Hasaka city is divided into zones run separately by the government of President Bashar al-Assad and a Kurdish administration, whose well-organized militia YPG receives air support from a U.S.-led alliance bombing Islamic State.

    • 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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