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  • new storyIslamic State fighters battle militants in northern Syria 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 9:48 am

    BEIRUT - Activists say Syrian militants are sending reinforcements to fight the Islamic State group in the northern province of Aleppo, where they say the rival factions are battling near the Turkish border.

  • Media group to Turkey's Erdogan: Stop 'bullying' journalists 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:55 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday filed a legal complaint against a newspaper and its editor for publishing images of alleged arms-smuggling to Syria, despite criticism from a media freedom group who called on him to stop "bullying" journalists.

  • Ex-inmates regret destruction of notorious Syrian prison story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 3:12 pm

    BEIRUT - For decades, the mere mention of Tadmur Prison was enough to send chills down a Syrian's spine.

  • IS revamps recruitment, with savvy, professional broadcasts 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 9:13 am

    PARIS - After a selection of tunes, the presenter with an American accent offers "a glimpse at our main headlines." IS militants have just seized three Iraqi cities. A bomb blows up a factory, killing everyone inside. Militants destroy four enemy Hummers and an armored vehicle.

  • Turkey's Erdogan threatens editor over Syria truck pictures 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 8:49 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - In his latest attack on journalists, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to make a newspaper editor "pay a high price" after his paper published images of what it said were Turkish trucks loaded with ammunition destined for militant groups in Syria.

  • Saudi, Egypt downplay reports of discord over Syria 
    Updated: May-31-15 12:19 pm

    CAIRO - Egypt and Saudi Arabia sought Sunday to downplay reports of discord among the close allies over Syria during a visit of the Saudi foreign minister to Cairo.

  • Report: Fuel tank explodes in Syrian clinic, killing 25 
    Updated: May-31-15 10:58 am

    BEIRUT - A fuel tank exploded inside a clinic in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli Sunday, killing at least 25 people, including children, state TV and activists said.

  • Turkish paper probed over images of spy agency trucks 
    Updated: May-29-15 8:22 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation of newspaper editor following the publication of images of truckloads of ammunition, which the paper says proved that a convoy which was stopped on its way to Syria on a Turkish intelligence mission was carrying arms to rebels.

  • Study says girls seek sisterhood - not just marriage - in IS story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 3:46 pm

    LONDON - The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become "jihadi brides" is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.

  • Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 3:42 pm

    BEIRUT - In contrast to the Iraqi army's failures, Kurdish fighters in Syria are on the march against the Islamic State group, capturing towns and villages in an oil-rich swath of the country's northeast under the cover of U.S.-led airstrikes.

  • EU extends Syria sanctions by 1 year over rights abuses 
    Updated: May-28-15 9:10 am

    BRUSSELS - The European Union is extending sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his closest allies for another year, citing continued repression and human rights abuses.

  • No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey 
    Updated: May-28-15 7:31 am

    PARIS - When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad - they were going to a place of no return.

  • Analysis: Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:28 pm

    BAGHDAD - It's the modern era's military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side.

  • Georgia man pleads guilty to seeking to join Islamic State 
    Updated: May-27-15 5:28 pm

    AUGUSTA, Georgia - A 37-year-old Georgia salesman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he supported terrorists, saying he bought a one-way ticket overseas to join the Islamic State group.

  • The Latest on IS: Detainees killed at theater in Syria ruins story has photos
    Updated: May-27-15 11:51 am

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  • Hezbollah says it struck Syria militants with help of drone 
    Updated: May-27-15 11:01 am

    BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah group says it has struck a group of al-Qaida militants near the border with Syria with the help of a drone for the first time.

  • Australian boy in Syria creates quandary for government 
    Updated: May-27-15 8:29 am

    CANBERRA, Australia - A 7-year-old Australian boy who horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair has created a quandary for the government, which wants to make scores of Australian fighters in the Middle East someone else's problem by revoking their citizenship.

  • Syria says air support to rebels would be 'aggression' 
    Updated: May-26-15 1:37 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria's deputy foreign minister says air support provided by any country to rebels fighting against Islamic State extremists would be considered an "aggression."

  • Poland to offer safe haven to 60 Syrian Christian families 
    Updated: May-26-15 10:49 am

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz says the country will take in 60 Christian families fleeing violence in Syria.

  • Former British premier: Refugees overwhelm Lebanese schools 
    Updated: May-26-15 10:48 am

    BEIRUT - Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a United Nations special education envoy, says Syrian refugees have overwhelmed Lebanese public schools, which need more global support.

  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart 
    Updated: May-26-15 3:10 am

    BEIRUT - The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled meats in Raqqa's restaurants, strolling along the Euphrates River and eating ice cream.

  • Turkey, US to provide air protection to Syrian rebels 
    Updated: May-25-15 10:38 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey and the U.S. have agreed in "principle" to provide air protection to Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, once they enter Syrian territory for battle, Turkey's foreign minister said.

  • At Mideast forum, officials seek world's help 
    Updated: May-23-15 3:07 pm

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the refugee crisis that in part has resulted from the fight with them - that was the message coming from the regional World Economic Forum Saturday.

  • AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders 
    Updated: May-23-15 1:29 pm

    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - Borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, to help ease the logistical burden of Middle Eastern countries that have absorbed close to 4 million Syrian refugees, the head of the U.N. refugee agency said Saturday.

  • Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks 
    Updated: May-23-15 2:06 am

    BEIRUT - With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.