'Terror backers' can't defeat jihadists: Syria's Assad

Extremists cannot be defeated by countries that have "spread terrorism", Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday in an apparent jab at members of the US-led anti-jihadist coalition.

'Terror backers' can't defeat jihadists: Syria's Assad

Extremists cannot be defeated by countries that have "spread terrorism", Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday in an apparent jab at members of the US-led anti-jihadist coalition.

Assad ''has no role'' in any political settlement in Syria: Saudi Finance Minister

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal has reportedly said that in any political settlement in Syria, "President Bashar al-Assad should be out of the picture" as he has no role in it.

US-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State
US-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State

Al Qaeda`s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, is facing mounting pressure from its own members to reconcile with its rival Islamic State and confront a common enemy after US-led air strikes hit both groups this week.

38 killed in clashes, bombings around Damascus

At least 38 people have been killed in bombings and clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel factions on the outskirts of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Thursday.

David Cameron wants UK to join in airstrikes in Iraq
David Cameron wants UK to join in airstrikes in Iraq

The British prime minister has said he will ask Parliament to approve joining international airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Assad backs any international effort against `terror`: State media

Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday that Damascus backed any international effort against "terrorism," after a US-led coalition against jihadists launched airstrikes in the country, state media reported.

Turkey stays quiet on hostage deal reports

Turkey declined on Tuesday to either confirm or deny reports that dozens of Turkish hostages abducted by Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq were set free in exchange for the release of IS militants held by Syrian rebels.

Syria opposition welcomes US strikes, urges pressure on Assad

Syria`s opposition National Coalition on Tuesday welcomed US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, but urged sustained pressure on President Bashar al-Assad`s government.

Syria warns of chemical attack by rebels

Syria's foreign ministry Sunday warned that the opposition rebel groups may prepare to launch a chemical attack in Syria to frame its army.

US concerned by chlorine gas attacks in Syria: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed US concern Sunday over the use of chlorine gas against civilians in Syria and warned President Bashar al-Assad`s regime that it would be held to account.

Outgunned: The Syria `moderate` rebels set for US aid

The "moderate" Syrian rebels Washington is set to throw its weight behind are a ragtag collection of outgunned factions weakened by a war on several fronts -- against the regime and jihadists.

Russia fails to remove Syria nuclear probe from IAEA agenda

Western states defeated a Russian proposal on Friday to remove Syria`s alleged past nuclear activities from the agenda of meetings of the UN atomic agency, diplomats said.

Assad's army stretched but still seen strong in Syria's war

Syria`s army declared a victory against insurgents last week when it pushed back their advance towards pro-government towns in the west of the country. But a month earlier the strategic area did not even appear at risk.

US official warns Assad not to target US planes

US forces will target Syrian anti-aircraft systems if they take aim at American planes conducting strikes inside Syria against Islamic State rebels, a senior US official warned Monday.

Key bridge destroyed in IS-held eastern Syria

Islamic State militants lost a vital supply route in eastern Syria on Monday with the destruction of the last bridge in the city of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group said.

US sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

Syria air strike on jihadist camp kills 18: New toll

 A Syrian air strike on an Islamic State (IS) training camp in the jihadist-held east killed 17 militants and a child, a monitoring group said in a new toll Sunday.

US insists no anti-jihadist coordination with Assad

With momentum building for international military action against Islamist extremists in Syria, the United States reiterated Friday it will not coordinate with strongman Bashar al-Assad in the effort.