Moscow hosts Syria talks, little hope of breakthrough

Syrian opposition figures met in Moscow on Monday as part of a new Russia-coordinated bid to wind down the war in Syria, but few held out any hope of a breakthrough.

Syrian opposition begins talks in Moscow

 Syrian opposition figures on Monday began four days of talks on how to end the near four-year conflict, with members of President Bashar al-Assad`s regime set to join them but the main exiled opposition alliance boycotting the event.

Four killed as rockets rain down on Syrian capital: Monitor

Four civilians were killed and dozens wounded when rebels fired a barrage of rockets and mortar rounds Sunday at central Damascus, a monitoring group said.

Little hope of breakthrough as Russia hosts Syria talks

Russia plans to bring together members of the Syrian regime and opposition in a new push to resuscitate talks on ending the country`s nearly four-year civil war, although hopes of a breakthrough are slim.

Hezbollah chief threatens Israel over Syria strikes

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to retaliate against Israel for repeated strikes on Syria, in an television interview to be broadcast on Thursday.

40 militants killed in Syria

At least 40 militants were killed Wednesday when Syrian army targeted their gatherings and hideouts in the southern province of Daraa, according to a military source.

Syria`s Assad says West to blame for France attacks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western "shortsightedness" and "support for terrorism" in the revolt against his rule were to blame for last week`s attacks in Paris, state media reported Wednesday.

Islamist terrorists offend Prophet, Quran more than cartoons: Hezbollah on Charlie Hebdo attack
Islamist terrorists offend Prophet, Quran more than cartoons: Hezbollah on Charlie Hebdo attack

In what may sound bizarre to many, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has condemned the attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, stating that the Islamist terror outfits have offended the Islam and Prophet Mohammed more than the cartoons mocking them, reports claimed on Saturday.

Syria's Assad visits embattled Damascus district: Presidency

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting "in the face of terrorism", his office said on its Twitter account on Wednesday, posting pictures of the rare trip.

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.