Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Aug 31, 2014

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hard-line Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days in August, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali ...

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

Aug 30, 2014

U.N. says situation for detained peacekeepers in Syria 'very fluid'

The plight of dozens of U.N. peacekeepers in Syria remained “very, very fluid” Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman said, as talks aimed at their release stretched into a second day. Some radio contact has been made with the 72 peacekeepers from the Philippines who ...

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

Aug 29, 2014

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying “we don’t have a strategy yet” for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening ...

Aug 29, 2014

Islamic State threatening Syria aid access: U.N.

The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria “to a new level,” threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday. The U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief, Kyung-wha Kang, told the council ...

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Aug 28, 2014

Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of Syrian air base

Shocking new images emerged Wednesday of mass killings and brutality committed by Islamic State militants following the group’s takeover of a strategic air base in Syria. The images were released as a U.N. report, accusing the Islamic State militant group of crimes against humanity ...

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Aug 28, 2014

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel, monitors report

Al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to “liberate” the area, ...