US attacks on IS group may help Assad: Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged Thursday that Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad could "benefit" from US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, one of the regime`s adversaries.

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: UN

 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.

Gunmen assassinate Syria MP in Hama: Parliament source

Unidentified gunmen assassinated Syrian Parliament member Waris al-Yunis in the central province of Hama, a parliamentary source told AFP on Wednesday.

Iran must withdraw 'occupying' forces from Syria: Saudi

Iran must withdraw its "occupying" forces from Syria to help resolve that country's conflict, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday after talks with his German counterpart.

Talks with UN Syria envoy set for October 21: Russia

A new UN Syria envoy is expected to arrive for talks in Russia on October 21, the foreign ministry in Moscow said on Saturday.

Turkey 'opposes IS like it opposes Assad': PM

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday insisted that Turkey was opposed to Islamic State (IS) militants, who have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, in the same way as it opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Rebels take control of strategic hill in Syria

 The rebels fighting against Syria`s Bashar al-Assad regime Sunday took control of a strategic hill in the Al Hara region in Deraa province after two days of clashes with government forces in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syria`s Assad makes rare public appearance at Eid prayers

Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus, state media said.

26 rights groups urge Syria to free prominent lawyer

More than two dozen rights groups on Thursday called for the release of Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Maatouq, two years after his "enforced disappearance" in Damascus.

Turkey pushes for more than 'dropping tons of bombs' on IS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the West on Wednesday to find a long-term solution to crises in Syria and Iraq, saying dropping "tons of bombs" on Islamic State militants would only provide temporary respite.

'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.