Kidnappers move Syria nuns, contact lost: Negotiator

Negotiators have lost contact with a group of nuns kidnapped from a Syrian town last year after their captors moved them, a source told AFP on Thursday.

Air strikes near Syria rebel bastion Yabrud

The group supported reports from activists on the ground, who said the village of Sahel is still a contested area, a day after the army claimed it had taken it over completely.

Syrian Army readies ground assault on Yabrud: Report

Syria`s Army is preparing to assault a key rebel bastion near Damascus, a pro-regime newspaper said Thursday, as activists reported heavy shelling and fighting there.

Syria rebels battle to prevent regime seizing strategic town

Syrian rebels were engaged in fierce battles today with regime forces trying to capture the town of Yabrud, their last stronghold in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, an NGO said.

Syria rebels battle to prevent regime seizing strategic town

Syrian rebels were engaged in fierce battles Thursday with regime forces trying to capture the town of Yabrud, their last stronghold in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, an NGO said.

Syria warplanes hit Yabrud near Damascus: Activists

Syrian warplanes carried out 20 air strikes against the strategic rebel-held Yabrud area near Damascus Thursday, as the army escalated a campaign there, activists and a monitoring group said.