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IS frees 19 of 220 abducted Assyrian Christians

IS frees 19 of 220 abducted Assyrian Christians

Nineteen of an estimated 220 members of an Assyrian Christian community kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) in north-eastern Syria have been released, activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said an Assyrian commander had told it of the releases. Some reports say the releases were made in exchange for a sum of...

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Syria forces execute 10 children of rebels: monitor

Ten children were among at least 48 people killed in a Syrian village this week when regime forces executed six families of rebel fighters, a monitoring group said on Saturday. Tuesday's executions took place in the village of Rityan, north of second city Aleppo, after regime forces entered that day during an offensive aimed...

Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus': Syrian army

Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus': Syrian army

The Syrian military has accused Israel of carrying out two air strikes on Syria, near the capital. Israeli planes bombed the area near Damascus international airport and the town of Dimas, the Syrian army said in a statement carried on state television. No casualties were reported. There has been no confirmation of the air strikes...

Syrian govt air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa

Syrian govt air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa

At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria. Syrian government officials were not immediately available for comment. Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Observatory, said 10 war...

IS 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'

IS 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air. The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria...

Video shows Islamic State executes 250 Syrian soldiers

Video shows Islamic State executes 250 Syrian soldiers

Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captured when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday. The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of dozens of men lying face down wearing...

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortars 'kill 20' at pro-Assad rally in Deraa

Mortar fire has hit an election rally in support of President Bashar al-Assad in southern Syria, killing at least 20 people, state media and activists say. The attack happened as Assad supporters gathered in a tent in the city of Deraa on Thursday evening. President Assad was not at the event. At least 30 people...

Syria rebels 'die in Homs clashes'

Syria rebels 'die in Homs clashes'

Forces loyal to the Syrian government have reportedly killed dozens of rebels who were trying to break an army siege of parts of Homs, in central Syria. State-owned news agency Sana said troops killed 37 "terrorists" in one operation alone and several others in other attacks. UK-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 45 rebels were killed.

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