US to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the US military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

Syrian jets bombard plain after rebel attack: Monitor

The Syrian air force bombarded a plain in the northwest of the country overnight, a group monitoring the war said, after insurgents launched an offensive to advance deeper into government-held areas vital to President Bashar al-Assad.

Big rebel attack in Syria targets area vital to Assad

Insurgents have launched a big offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad`s control of western Syria, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday.

Assad says Syrian army 'fatigued' but will prevail
Assad says Syrian army 'fatigued' but will prevail

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad acknowledged the shrinking ranks of his government's army in a rare public speech on today, but insisted the force was still capable of beating rebel fighters.

Syria's Assad says army consolidating in most important areas

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with insurgents, and the scale of the war meant the military faced a man power shortage.

Syria`s Assad grants amnesty for draft dodgers, defectors

President Bashar al-Assad granted an amnesty on Saturday for people in war-torn Syrian who have dodged service or defected from the army, state news agency SANA reported. 

Syrian opposition groups agree Assad must go
Syrian opposition groups agree Assad must go

Syria`s two main opposition groups settled longstanding differences Friday to agree that President Bashar al-Assad must step down in any deal to end the country`s bloody conflict.

Iran pushes nuclear deal as US lawmaker aims to stop it

Iran`s pragmatist government tried on Wednesday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a US Congressional leader promised to do "everything possible" to sink the deal.

Syria`s Assad in rare public appearance for Eid al-Fitr
Syria`s Assad in rare public appearance for Eid al-Fitr

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Friday for holiday prayers at a Damascus mosque, state media reported.

Former Saudi spy chief says Iran nuclear deal will "wreak havoc"

 Saudi Arabia`s Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former head of the kingdom`s intelligence services and its veteran ambassador to Washington, has said Iran`s nuclear deal will allow it to get an atomic bomb and "wreak havoc in the region".

J&K CM Mufti welcomes Iranian nuclear deal

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday welcomed Iran`s nuclear deal with six global powers, saying dialogue is the only way forward to resolve differences and strengthen global and regional security.

Iran deal heartens Syria's Assad, worries rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signalled on Tuesday he expected more support from his top regional ally Iran in the wake of a nuclear deal that includes Western states that have backed the insurgency against him.

Lebanon's Hezbollah says Assad regains momentum after setbacks

Lebanese militia group Hezbollah said on Friday that the Syrian army`s resistance to recent large-scale rebel attacks had disproved predictions that President Bashar al-Assad`s days were numbered.

Turkey detains 21 on suspicion of belonging to Islamic State
Turkey detains 21 on suspicion of belonging to Islamic State

Police staged raids across Turkey on Friday, detaining 21 people, most suspected of belonging to Islamic State, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Syrian forces kill 50 rebels in coastal city

 The Syrian army has killed more than 50 rebels in the countryside of the coastal city of Latakia in northern Syria, the official Syrian TV said on Tuesday.

Al-Nusra suicide bombing kills 25 soldiers in Syria`s Aleppo: Monitor

A suicide bomber from al Qaeda`s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, killed 25 soldiers and fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad`s regime in an attack on an army base in government-held western Aleppo on Monday, a Britain-based monitoring group said.

Israel says 6 Bedouins arrested for supporting IS

Israel has arrested six Bedouin Arabs, including four teachers, for allegedly supporting the extremist Islamic State group, the domestic security service said.

Syrian Army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo

The Syrian government forces mounted heavy air strikes on Friday against rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo, the focus of an insurgent offensive aimed at capturing areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad.

Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 Islamic State fighters
Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 Islamic State fighters

 A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions.

Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state
Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

 A senior Israeli defence official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect.