Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat "terrorism" in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hosted Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in his first meeting with a top envoy from Damascus since the old Moscow ally plunged into civil war more than three years ago.
Islamic State insurgents battled Iraqi forces in the centre of Baiji on Tuesday, a week after the army broke their prolonged siege of the country`s largest oil refinery just outside the town, an army officer and residents said.
It's been exactly two months since the US-led anti-jihadist group's warplanes started pummelling the Islamic State positions in Syria and according to a rights group, over 900 people have been killed in the strikes, the majority of those killed being IS fighters.
British journalist John Cantlie, being held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, has appeared in a new video in which he claims the US failed to rescue him and fellow hostages in July.
US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiming to ease strains over the crisis in Syria and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.
Describing the brutal life under Islamic State a 'nightmare', a 15-year-old girl, who escaped the militant group's clutches, on Saturday revealed that she and many girls like her were forced to change their religion and marry the militants.