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Sep 10, 2014

Syrian Islamist group names new leader after blast

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The new head of the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham, once one of the strongest militias in the Syrian civil war, has urged fellow insurgents to fight on after a blast on Tuesday wiped out its senior leadership.

In a video on YouTube, Ahrar al-Sham said Hashem al-Sheikh, also known as “Abu Jaber”, had been named its new leader and Abu Saleh Tahan its new military chief. Another video showed a man identified as Abu Jaber exhorting his men to fight on.

Aug 29, 2014

Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.

The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of dozens of men lying face down wearing nothing but their underwear. They were stretched out in a line that appeared to be dozens of metres long.

Aug 28, 2014

Islamic State executes dozens of Syrian army soldiers: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters have executed dozens of members of the Syrian army they captured after seizing an air base in the northeast of the country, a group monitoring the violence said on Thursday.

Islamic State, a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base on Sunday after days of clashes with the army and said it had captured and killed soldiers and officers in one of the fiercest confrontations yet between the two sides.

Aug 27, 2014

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.

Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, stormed Tabqa air base near Raqqa city on Sunday after days of fighting with the army that cost more than 500 lives, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Aug 26, 2014

Syria says would work with any state to fight Islamist militants

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria said on Monday it would cooperate in any international effort to fight Islamic State militants, after Washington signalled it was considering extending the battle against the group into Syrian territory.

Russia, the most prominent foreign backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, also urged Western and Arab nations to overcome their distaste of the government in Damascus and engage with it to fight the hardline insurgents.

Aug 25, 2014

Syria ready to work with any state to fight Islamist militants

BEIRUT, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Syria said on Monday it would
cooperate in any international efforts to fight Islamic State
militants in the country, after Washington signalled it was
considering extending the battle against the group into Syrian
territory.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem, whose government has been
shunned by the West, presented his country as a vital partner in
the war against Islamic State that has seized wide areas of
Syria and Iraq.

Aug 25, 2014

Hundreds dead as Islamic State seizes Syrian air base: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – 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 said at least 346 Islamic State fighters were killed and more than 170 members of government forces had died since Tuesday in the fight over Tabqa base, making it one of the deadliest confrontations between the two groups since the start of Syria’s war.

Aug 24, 2014

Islamic State fighters seize Syrian air base

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants stormed an air base in northeast Syria on Sunday, capturing most of it from government forces after days of fighting over the strategic location, a witness and a monitoring group said.

Fighting raged inside the walls of the Tabqa air base, the Syrian army’s last foothold in an area otherwise controlled by IS, which has seized large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Aug 17, 2014

Gaza town Beit Hanoun sweeps rubble, tries to return to daily life

GAZA, Aug 17 (Reuters) – It was not the wedding party venue
Riyad Fayad had planned for his daughter Heba, but with his Gaza
home damaged and neighbourhood in rubble, a shelter seemed like
the only option.

The United Nations refugee centre in a Gaza City school has
become a temporary home for thousands of Palestinians displaced
by the month-long war with Israel, many of them from Fayad’s
town of Beit Hanoun in the north.

Aug 13, 2014

Gaza fishermen caught in middle of Israel-Palestinian sea feud

GAZA, Aug 13 (Reuters) – After hours casting their nets
close to the Gaza shore, Palestinian fishermen sift through
their catch in the dim dawn light, managing to scrape together a
few piles of puny fish.

It’s a miserable catch, the result, they say, of
restrictions imposed by Israel, with boats allowed only three
nautical miles (5.6 km) offshore after a month of no fishing at
all during the recent fighting.

    • 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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      2006
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