Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Sep 1, 2014

Israel downs drone from Syria over occupied Golan: army

Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the U.N.-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau. Air defenses “successfully intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that breached Israel airspace above the border ...

Aug 31, 2014

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Other U.N. peacekeepers were able to flee from ...

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 ...