Russia vows support for Syria's Assad to combat "terrorism"

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.

Putin meets Syrian foreign minister for first time

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.

Bulgarian imam, six others charged over support for IS group

Bulgarian prosecutors on Wednesday charged a controversial imam and six others with inciting jihad and accused the group of serving as a link for Westerners seeking to join Islamic State fighters.

Syria regime raids on Islamic State `capital` kill 95
Syria regime raids on Islamic State `capital` kill 95

Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russia Wednesday on relaunching peace negotiations.

IS `most brutal threat ever` to region, says Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned that Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Iraq and Syria were one of the greatest ever threats to the region.

Toll in Syria regime strikes on IS `capital` rises to 95: Monitor

At least 95 people were killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group`s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group said in a new toll.

Four youths from India, who joined Islamic State, want to return home: Sources
Four youths from India, who joined Islamic State, want to return home: Sources

Government sources have said that four Indian nationals, hailing from Kalyan near Mumbai, who were reported to have joined the Islamic State terrorist group, want to return home.

UN to allow more cross-border aid to Syria

The UN`s top aid official asked the Security Council on Tuesday to allow continued cross-border aid deliveries to Syria, now home to the world`s largest number of displaced by war.

Syria air strikes on IS `capital` kill 63 people

A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group`s self-proclaimed capital Raqa on Tuesday killed at least 63 people, more than half of them civilians, a monitor said.

IS stones 2 `gay men` to death in Syria: NGO

The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria Tuesday after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the jihadist organisation`s first executions for alleged homosexuality.

Syrian air strikes on IS `capital` kill 36 civilians

Syrian regime air raids on Raqa city, which the Islamic State jihadist group has proclaimed as its capital, killed at least 23 civilians today, a monitoring group said.

Islamic State fighters battle Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

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.

270 Syrian refugees saved off coast of Cyprus

 A boat carrying 270 Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe was towed to the Turkish controlled northern coast of Cyprus after drifting for several hours.

Al Qaeda-linked fighters target two Shia towns in Syria

The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups attacked two pro-government and predominantly Shia towns, in Syria`s Aleppo province.

60 Germans have died fighting for IS: Security chief

Some 60 Germans have been killed while fighting under the banner of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the head of the German domestic intelligence service said on Sunday.

MP claims 2,000 British Muslims fighting for IS

As many as 2,000 Britons have travelled to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS), four times more than the official estimates, a Muslim British parliamentarian has claimed.

'US-led anti-IS coalition air strikes kill 910 in Syria, including women, children'
'US-led anti-IS coalition air strikes kill 910 in Syria, including women, children'

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 hostage appears in new IS video

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.

Biden meets Erdogan seeking to ease strains on Syria

 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.

Islamic State militants sell girls, force them to convert their religion: 15-year-old teen who escaped IS clutches
Islamic State militants sell girls, force them to convert their religion: 15-year-old teen who escaped IS clutches

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.