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    Turkey may start training Syrian opposition before March
    Ankara, Dec 20 : Turkey may start training the Syrian opposition before March 2015, as part of the efforts to degrade and defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.

    Kurds kill 33 IS militants in Syria's Kobane
    Damascus, Dec 20 : Thirty-three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Friday in clashes with Kurdish fighters in the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane.

    Al Qaeda militants seize Syrian tanks, munitions
    Damascus, Dec 19 : The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and like-minded groups Friday captured tanks, munitions and troop carriers from two Syrian military bases they had stormed days earlier in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group reported.

    Troops hit rebel positions in Syria
    Damascus, Dec 19 : Syrian troops Friday pounded rebel positions in the northern countryside of capital Damascus and eliminated many fighters of radical rebel groups in the southern region, media and activists reported.

    Syrian regime bombings killing 735 in 60 days: Report
    Beirut, Dec 19 : Syria's armed forces have conducted a total of 2,973 bombings over the past 60 days, killing at least 735 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group reported Friday.

    UN peacekeepers' mandate extended in Golan Heights
    United Nations, Dec 19 : The UN Security Council Thursday extended the mandate of the world body's peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to cease military actions in the mission's area of operation.

    Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative
    Tehran, Dec 18 : Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday.

    IS kills 20 Syrian rebels near Damascus
    Damascus, Dec 18 : Islamic State (IS) militants killed 20 rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) overnight near Damascus, media reported Thursday.

    Monitor group says 230 dead bodies found buried in mass grave in Syria
    London, Dec 18 : The dead bodies of 230 people believed to have been slain by the Islamic State (IS) have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, an international monitoring group said.

    US, allies continue airstrikes against IS
    Washington, Dec 18 : Military forces of the US and partner-nations continued to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria and Iraq over the past three days, a US defence department statement said.

    230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria
    Damascus, Dec 18 : More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said Wednesday.

    13 IS fighters killed in Syria
    Damascus, Dec 18 : At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed by the US-led anti-terror coalition air strikes Wednesday in Syria's eastern city of Bukamal bordering Iraq, media reported.

    16 soldiers killed in Syria clashes
    Damascus, Dec 17 : At least 16 Syrian soldiers were killed in intense clashes with the Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported Wednesday.

    Seven held in Spain, Morocco for terror links
    Madrid, Dec 16 : Spanish and Moroccan security forces Tuesday arrested seven members of a network that allegedly recruited women for a terror group operating in Syria and Iraq, Spain's interior ministry said Tuesday.

    Jihadi attack on Syrian military bases leaves 180 dead
    Beirut, Dec 16 : At least 180 people were killed in an attack by the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, and related Islamist groups in the northern Syrian province of Idleb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' (SOHR) director Rami Abderrahman said Tuesday.

    Ex-British boxing champ arrested over helping IS terrorists travel to ...
    London, Dec 16 : Former British boxing champion Anthony Small has reportedly been accused of helping two other men to travel to Syria to fight for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and has appeared in court for the same.

    Nearly 300 Chinese fighting alongside IS in Iraq, Syria: Report
    Karachi, Dec 16 : A report has said that nearly 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.

    10 arrested in France for recruiting nationals for jihad
    Paris, Dec 16 : French anti-terror police Monday dismantled a recruiting network for Syria jihad and arrested 10 people on allegations of sending nationals to fight alongside Islamist insurgents in the Arab-torn country, interior ministry said.

    IS blows up biggest prison in northern Iraq
    Mosul (Iraq), Dec 15 : The Islamic State (IS) jihadi group has blown up the biggest prison in northern Iraq after transferring the prisoners to the Syrian province of Raqqa, its main stronghold, an Iraqi security source told Efe news agency Monday.

    Al Qaeda affiliate seizes Syrian military base
    Beirut, Dec 15 : Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria Monday took control of a government military base in the northern province of Idleb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

    Syrian troops advance in Aleppo, kill 26 rebels
    Damascus, Dec 15 : At least 26 rebel fighters were killed Sunday by the Syrian troops in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

    Son of key Syrian ex-rebel commander killed
    Damascus, Dec 13 : The son of an ex-commander of the rebels' Free Syrian Army (FSA) was killed by Syrian troops in the country's northern province of Aleppo, media reported Saturday.

    IS smuggling oil via Turkey: Iraq
    Baghdad, Dec 13 : Iraqi finance minister Hoshyar Zebari has said that the Islamic State (IS) is smuggling Iraqi and Syrian oil via Turkey, and called it the richest terrorist group in the world.

    UN to launch humanitarian plans for Syria crisis response
    United Nations, Dec 13 : The United Nations will launch funding appeals for the Syria crisis at an event to be held late next week organised by the German government in Berlin, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced here Friday.

    Russia seeks dialogue in Lebanon, Syria
    Beirut, Dec 13 : Visiting Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stressed Friday that Moscow is seeking "accord and comprehensive national dialogue that respects the interests and rights in Lebanon and Syria."

    Syrian troops kill 50 rebels in Daraa province
    Damascus, Dec 12 : As many as 50 rebels were killed in the Syrian province of Daraa by Syrian troops Friday, media reported.

    'Martyrs of Badr killed 203 in Syria's Aleppo since July'
    Beirut, Dec 12 : At least 203 people have been killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo by the anti-regime Martyrs of Badr Brigade, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

    Modi's proposal of Yoga Day adopted at UN, backed by 175 countries
    By Arul Louis, United Nations, Dec 12 : In a huge global endorsement for yoga, 175 out of 193 members of the UN, countries as diverse as the US and Syria, Russia and Britain, and China and the Philippines, agreed by acclamation Wednesday to declare June 21 the International Yoga Day, recognizing ...

    Egypt restricts travelling to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Libya
    Cairo, Dec 12 : Egyptian authorities have imposed restrictions on men aged between 18 and 40 wishing to travel to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Libya, fearing they will join jihadi groups, an official said Thursday.

    Jihadis from Australia suffered casualties in Syria and Iraq
    Melbourne, Dec 12 : Australia's national security intelligence service said Thursday extremists from Australia who came in Syria and Iraq to fight for various exstrimist groups suffered heavy casualties during battles.

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