Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

Syrian rebels clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, where al Qaeda-linked insurgents abducted UN peacekeepers last week, activists said.

Australia PM says `extreme force` justified against IS

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State militants, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the extremists` reign of terror "totally unacceptable".

British PM unveils tougher anti-terror measures

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced tougher anti-terror measures against British-born extremists planning to fight in Iraq and Syria, and prohibit them from returning to the UK to launch attacks on home soil.

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

US President Barack Obama on Monday notified the Congress about his authorisation for conducting targeted airstrikes and humanitarian assistance to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Syrian Army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held

Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture.

ISIS recruiting, brainwashing kids to use as suicide bombers

Schoolchildren are being 'brainwashed' into becoming suicide bombers for Islamist militants after being kidnapped in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: HRW

Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria`s regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Iraq retakes Sulaiman Bek town from militants

Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shiite militiamen retook the town of Sulaiman Bek from militants on Monday, removing a key stronghold they have held for over 11 weeks, officials said.

Syria Army battles rebels as UN bids to free Golan monitors

Syrian troops battled rebels hard by the armistice line with Israel on the Golan Heights on Monday as the United Nations pressed efforts to free 44 peacekeepers held by the insurgents.

Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.

Britain to outline tougher anti-jihadist measures

Prime Minister David Cameron was to outline tougher measures against jihadist suspects Monday after Britain raised its security risk assessment to a level where an attack is thought "highly likely".

Islamic State fears make Gulf monarchies set aside differences

Advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, and US calls for a coalition against them have made Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar`s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say.

Australian PM defends helping fight jihadist `death cult`

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday defended Australia`s military involvement in battling Islamic State militants, calling the jihadist group a "death cult" involved in ethnic cleansing.

Filipino peacekeepers safe from rebels, says UN

 The United Nations Sunday confirmed that the Filipino contingent of its peacekeeping force in Syria`s Golan Heights escaped from armed rebels to an alternate site and are safe.

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: Army

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

`Recruiter` for Syrian jihad arrested in France

A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said Sunday.

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: Army

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights today, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

New Syrian government sworn in

Ministers of Syria`s newly-formed government were sworn in Sunday before President Bashar al-Assad, media reported.

37 children killed in string of Syria attacks: NGO

At least 37 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Sunday.