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Islamic State takes 150 hostages in Syria

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday. A Syrian Christian group representing several NGOs insid

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No wheat imports for Syria this year: minister

The Syrian government does not expect to import wheat this year because domestic grain supplies will be boosted by heavy rainfall and wider control over farmland, a minister said. Hassan Safiyeh, the minister of internal trade and

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Jordan's air force resumes raids against Islamic State

Jordanian air force jets bombed the hideouts of Islamic State militants in Syria, state television said, resuming the intensified raids that it first launched last week in retaliation for the killing of a pilot. King Abdullah has

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In Europe, parents' dismay as Syria lures troubled teens

As Belgium braces for a verdict in Europe's biggest trial of those accused of fostering Islamist violence in Syria, much attention is on poor Muslim immigrant communities' struggle in a region blighted by youth unemployment.

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Islamic State says US hostage killed in Syria air strike

Islamic State said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria was killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, but Jordan expressed doubt about the Islamist militant group's account of

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Islamic State targeted in 29 airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

The United States and its allies conducted 29 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Saturday. Sixteen strikes around seven Iraqi cities dest

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Kurds locked in battle with Assad's forces in Syria

Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish sources and a monitoring group said, breaking a longstanding tacit agreement between the two sides to focus on other enemies in a complex civil war.

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US troops ready for Syria training mission

Several hundred US military trainers will begin moving to the Middle East in the next four to six weeks amid efforts to start training this spring for moderate Syrian opposition forces who will battle Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on

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Lebanon tightens entry conditions for Syrians

Lebanon plans tighter entry requirements for Syrians, a senior Lebanese security official said on Saturday, as it tries to stem the flow of refugees from its larger neighbour. Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees and

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UN marks 290 damaged heritage sites in Syria

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations' training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesda

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