'Obama seeks review of Syria strategy, sees Assad removal as necessary'

President Barack Obama wants his advisers to review the administration`s Syria policy after determining it may not be possible to defeat Islamic State militants without removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Doors closing for Syrians seeking refuge abroad: Humanitarian agencies

Syria`s neighbours Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are cutting back sharply on the number of Syrians they allow onto their soil as they can no longer cope with the influx of refugees, two prominent humanitarian agencies said on Thursday.

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

Syrian rebels clashed with government troops in the Golan Heights, where al Qaeda-linked insurgents abducted UN peacekeepers last week, activists said.

Ceasefire agreed in Lebanese border town battle: Source

A 24-hour ceasefire was agreed on Tuesday to halt fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamist militants who seized a border town at the weekend, in the most serious spillover into Lebanon from Syria`s three-year-old civil war.

Sunni jihadi group expels rivals from Syrian city

A Sunni extremist group in Syria took over opposition-held areas of a provincial capital near the border with Iraq on Monday after expelling rival fighters from an al Qaeda-linked group, activists said.

16 dead in Hezbollah-Syria rebels battle on Lebanon border

At least 16 fighters were killed in clashes between Syrian rebels and Lebanon`s Shiite militant group Hezbollah on the Lebanese border over the weekend, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Rocket from Syria hits Israel-held Golan, no injuries: Army

A rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday, falling on open ground and causing no casualties, an army spokeswoman told AFP.

UK imams urge British Muslims to shun Syria and Iraq

More than 100 Islamic prayer-leaders from various denominations of Sunni and Shi`ite Muslims have signed a letter calling on British Muslims not to travel to Iraq or Syria to fight.

Qaeda merges with ISIL at Syria-Iraq border town: NGO

Al Qaeda`s Syrian offshoot on Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.

`Systematic` chemical weapons use in Syria: Watchdog

Chemical weapons such as chlorine have likely been used in a "systematic manner" in Syria, according to a report by a team from the world`s watchdog investigating alleged attacks there.

The Dutch `Iron Lady` destroying Syria`s chemicals

The diplomat ridding the world of Syria`s chemical weapons is Sigrid Kaag, a statuesque and impeccably dressed mother of four who speaks six languages and is fearless in a war zone.

Presidential election in Syria is a disgrace: US

The United States has said the presidential election in Syria is a "disgrace" and its president Bashar al-Assad has lost his credibility which he had before the elections.

Syria elections a `farce`: NATO head

NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen dismissed presidential elections in Syria as a "farce" Tuesday, saying they did not meet international standards.

Key dates in Syria civil war

More than 162,000 deaths, millions displaced and a country in ruins.

Syria presidential elections: Bashar al-Assad casts vote in Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad voted in Damascus on Tuesday in an election expected to give him a sweeping win over two little-known challengers, state television reported.

US confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

An American fighting for a hardline Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, US officials said Friday, in the first such case in the war.

Chemical weapons watchdog says team in Syria `safe`

The world`s chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday said that a convoy of its inspectors overseeing the dismantling of Syria`s weapons program had come under attack, but all were safe.

Hezbollah: Regime, `resistance axis` will triumph in Syria

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said that Syria`s regime and the "resistance axis" including his Lebanese Shiite militant group would triumph in the Syrian conflict.

US in Jordan war games as conflict rages next door in Syria

US ground and air forces held joint exercises with their Jordanian counterparts as the conflict in neighbouring Syria showed no let-up.

Egypt`s Sisi says Syria crisis should end via peaceful means

Egypt’s presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday the Syrian civil war must be resolved through peaceful means, indicating Egypt would not support an armed intervention there, something previously suggested by some Arab states.