Syria Headlines

Father asks Islamic State to treat captured pilot son as 'guest'

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AMMAN - The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State fighters after his plane crashed in Syria said he did not consider his son a hostage and called on his captors to treat him as a "guest". | Video

Syria's war enters new year more fragmented than ever

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BEIRUT - Deep into its fourth year of conflict, Syria looks less and less like a state than a patchwork of warring fiefdoms, making outside powers more reluctant to intervene even as it becomes more destabilizing for the region.

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Wed, Dec 24 2014

Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

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AMMAN - Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot prisoner after his warplane came down in northeast Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

Tue, Dec 23 2014

Satellite images show 290 heritage sites in Syria damaged by war: U.N.

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BEIRUT - 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 Tuesday.

Mon, Dec 22 2014

Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

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BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Budget pressure unlikely to deflect Iran from nuclear goals

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DUBAI - A big oil price slide will hurt Iran's attempts to rescue battered living standards, but economic pain is unlikely to soften its stance in nuclear talks or end aid to allies such as Syria, matters seen by its ruling clerics as strategic priorities.

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Sun, Dec 21 2014

Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

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PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

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Sat, Dec 20 2014

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

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AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

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Fri, Dec 19 2014

Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

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AMMAN - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.

World, Syria 19 Dec 2014

One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria: WHO

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BEIRUT - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization's Syria representative said.

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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.