Syria rebel defeat deals blow to US hopes against IS

The apparent disintegration of a key Syrian rebel group has dealt a major blow to US efforts to build up a force of moderate fighters to take on the Islamic State group.

Assad accuses Turkey's Erdogan of supporting extremist groups

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting extremist groups in Syria, media reported.

U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.

Syria opposition praises France`s anti-Assad stance

 Syria`s exiled opposition praised France on Sunday for maintaining its "exemplary" opposition to President Bashar al-Assad after a group of French lawmakers made a controversial visit to Damascus this week.

Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo today rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

 A UN envoy arrived in the Syrian capital Saturday for talks with the regime to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages

Faced with a seemingly unending bloody conflict in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State group, is President Bashar al-Assad the lesser of the country`s evils and should the West re-engage with him?

Kurdish forces `capture strategic IS Syria bastion`

Kurdish fighters seized a strategic Islamic State stronghold in Syria Friday in a move that could impede jihadist movements near the border with Iraq, where they also control large swathes of territory.

Assad has no role in Syria`s future: Britain, France

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad cannot "credibly" be part of any future government combating the threat from the Islamic State (IS) group in the country, Britain and France said on Friday.

Syria's domestic, exiled opposition agree crisis roadmap

 Syria`s main domestic and exiled opposition groups said on Friday they had agreed a joint draft roadmap for the first time calling for a transitional governing body and an end to the brutal conflict.

Assad decries `isolation` in face of extremism: French lawmaker

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad no longer wants to "remain isolated in the face of the terrorist threat", one of the French lawmakers who met him in Damascus on a much-decried private trip said Friday.

French PM slams MPs for meeting with Syrian `butcher` Assad

France`s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday that he "condemned with the greatest strength" a decision by three French lawmakers to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom he described as "a butcher".

Four French lawmakers meet Assad in Syria: MP

Four French lawmakers who say they are on a private visit to Syria, despite a breakdown in diplomatic ties between Paris and Damascus, met with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, one of them said.

Syria regime forces launch new Aleppo offensive

Syrian government troops began a new offensive around Aleppo on Tuesday, seeking to encircle rebels in the northern city and break the siege on two pro-regime villages.

100 killed in week of clashes in south Syria: Monitor

Nearly 100 fighters on both sides have been killed in a week of fighting in southern Syria between regime forces and rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria: UN envoy

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

Assad `part of the solution` in Syria: UN envoy

Any peaceful solution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday.

Syrian Army, Hezbollah advance in campaign against rebels in south: Damascus

Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Shi`ite militant allies took new ground in a major offensive in southern Syria on Wednesday, pressing a campaign against Sunni insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus.

Hezbollah in Syria fighting close to Israeli lines: Monitor

 Lebanon`s Hezbollah and Syrian regime forces have advanced to the edge of Israeli-held territory as part of a joint offensive against rebels in southern Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

US denies `coordinating` Syria air strikes with Assad

The United States on Tuesday denied that it was coordinating air strikes with the Syrian regime against Islamic militants and renewed its insistence that President Bashar al-Assad must step down.