Islamic State jihadists kill 16 border guards in western Iraq

At least 16 Iraqi border guards were killed Monday in a dawn assault by the Islamic State jihadist group on their post near the Syrian frontier, provincial and security officials said.

US not ready to enforce Syria no-fly zone: White House

The United States is not ready to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, the White House said Monday, after reports it was in talks with Turkey about setting up a refugee safe haven in the north of the country.

Lebanon army battles gunmen near Syria border

Lebanese troops clashed with gunmen Thursday in a mainly Sunni Muslim area near the Syrian border where there was deadly fighting with rebels from over the frontier three weeks ago.

US backs federal system in Iraq: Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden said Friday the United States would back a federal system in Iraq, as he pressed for unity in the sharply divided country amid a growing terror threat.

Shiite militiamen kill 70 at Iraq Sunni mosque

Baquba: Shiite militiamen gunned down 70 people in an apparent revenge attack at an Iraqi Sunni mosque Friday, as Washington declared the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack."

US fears Islamic State could alter the face of Middle East

The Islamic State poses a greater danger than a conventional "terrorist group" and is pursuing a vision that could radically alter the face of the Middle East, US defense leaders said Thursday.

Air raids kill 31 jihadists in Syria`s Raqa: NGO

At least 31 Islamic State militants were killed in Syrian air force raids Sunday in the northern province of Raqa, a stronghold of the jihadist fighters, a monitoring group said.

Syria clashes as jihadists advance on rebel bastions

Syrian rebels on Saturday were defending Marea, one of their main strongholds in the north, against a rapid advance by Islamic State jihadists, a monitoring group and an activist said.

Video of child beating boy in Lebanon goes viral

Lebanon ordered an investigation Saturday into horrific video footage that has gone viral on the Internet showing a small child beating a boy, believed to be Syrian, urged on by adults.

Militants` declaration of `Islamic caliphate` in Iraq, Syria has `no meaning`: US

IRAQ Crisis — The United States said Monday the declaration by Sunni militants of an "Islamic caliphate" on territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria has "no meaning."

3 charged with sending chemical equipment to Syria

US prosecutors have charged a Pennsylvania man and two foreign citizens with conspiring to illegally export chemical warfare detection devices and laboratory equipment to Syria, authorities said in a case that was under seal for 17 months until today.

Syrian forces step up anti-rebel operations: NGO

Regime tanks and warplanes pounded besieged Mleiha east of Damascus on Friday, pressing a campaign to take control of the opposition-held town, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Mortar fire kills 6 near Damascus

Mortar fire killed at least six people in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, activists and state media said, amid reports that clashes in a coastal province killed a top foreign fighter who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

More than 150,000 killed in Syria conflict: NGO

More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, a monitoring group said in a new toll released Tuesday.

UN refugee chief urges `political solution` to Syria conflict

UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres said Friday it was vital that peace talks next week on the Syrian civil war find a "political solution" to the conflict.

`Syria committed to Iran`s participation in Geneva II meet`

Syria is committed to Iran`s participation in the upcoming Geneva II peace conference, the Syrian government said Sunday.

Syrian troops kill 73 rebels in separate clashes

The Syrian troops Sunday killed as many as 73 rebels in separate clashes nationwide, the state-media reported.

5,000 evacuated from Syrian conflict zone

Over 5,000 afflicted people were evacuated Sunday from a rebel-held Damascus suburb by the Army, the Syrian government said Sunday.

Foreign support for armed rebels must end: Bashar al-Assad tells Brahimi

If Syria is to find any successful political solution, then the foreign leaders must stop providing support to the armed opposition, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi who is on Syrian leg of his Middle East tour.

Syria conflict leaving invisible scars on children: Unicef

Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving children in Syria with lasting scars, the Unicef has said.