Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive

Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in "preliminary consultations" in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative.

Barrel bombs kill 40 in IS territories in Syria

Almost 40 people have died in the Islamic State (IS)-held areas in northeastern Syria as the country`s planes and helicopters dropped barrel bombs, said activists.

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight IS jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Iraq, Turkey pledge to join hands to fight IS jihadists

Iraq and Turkey on Thursday pledged to join forces to fight Islamic State insurgents who are holding swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Syrian rebel groups in Aleppo enter alliance: Monitoring group

Rebel groups fighting in Syria`s northern Aleppo province have agreed to form an alliance, a group monitoring the country`s civil war said on Thursday.

Syria's war enters new year more fragmented than ever

Deep into its fourth year of conflict, Syria looks less and less like a state than a patchwork of warring fiefdoms, making outside powers more reluctant to intervene even as it becomes more destabilising for the region.

12 killed in Syria bombings

 At least 12 people were killed Tuesday and several others were wounded in air raids by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the northwestern Syrian province of Al-Raqqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: Report

The Islamic State extremist group has executed 100 of its own foreign fighters who tried to flee their headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Financial Times newspaper said on Saturday.

UNICEF says needs $900 mn to help Syria children

UNICEF said Thursday it needs more than $900 million to help children affected by Syria`s civil war next year and appealed to donors for support.

Afghanis fighting in Syria alongside regime: Monitor

Shiite Muslim militiamen from Afghanistan have been fighting in Syria for months alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Split over Syria highlighted in Turkish FM visit to Iran

 A visit to Iran by Turkey`s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday highlighted their opposing views on the Syrian conflict, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close gaps.

Qaeda seizes key army base in northwest Syria: Monitor

Syria`s Al-Qaeda affiliate on Monday seized the key army base of Wadi al-Deif in the country`s northwestern province of Idlib from government forces, a monitoring group said.

Kurdish forces kill 16 jihadists in Syria: Monitor

Kurdish forces killed at least 16 Islamic State group fighters in an attack on Saturday in northeast Syria near the border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian troops kill 50 rebels in Daraa province

As many as 50 rebels were killed in the Syrian province of Daraa by Syrian troops on Friday, media reported.

Islamic State suicide bomber detonates tank in eastern Syria

An Islamic State suicide bomber detonated a tank at a Syrian air base in the province of Deir al-Zor, one of the last remaining government strongholds in eastern Syria, jihadist social media and a monitoring group said on Friday.

Syria detainees endure `nightmare` underworld

 Activist Mohsen al-Masri spent two years being dragged between prisons controlled by the Syrian security services, enduring savage beatings and being hanged from the ceiling for hours at a time.

Syria's Assad backs Russia peace bid, Moscow in touch with US

President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday met a top Russian envoy who said Moscow is hoping to re-launch peace talks for the war-torn country and could host a Syria-US meeting.

Iran's Rouhani calls for regional IS response

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Tuesday for a regional response to the threat posed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria rather than the deployment of troops from further afield.

Hezbollah members killed in alleged Israeli attack

 An unknown number of members of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the outskirts of Damascus over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, SOHR, said Monday.

Regime-tolerated Syria opposition to travel to Moscow

A delegation of Syrian dissidents tolerated by President Bashar al-Assad's regime will travel to Russia this week for meetings with officials, days after government members discussed a new peace process there.