A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
UN investigators have said the "Islamic State" has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians, which include regular public executions. The report also accused the Syrian government of war crimes.
The United Nations says more than 3 million Syrians have become refugees fleeing the civil war that is devastating their country. It said 6.5 million more are displaced within Syria itself.
The "Islamic State" is waging war in Syria. But even though President Bashir al-Assad fights a dangerous battle against the IS, he can be safe in the knowledge that he is no longer public enemy number one in the West.
An American man suspected of fighting alongside the "Islamic State" group has been killed in Syria. Douglas McAuthur McCain’s family had been concerned with his expressions of support for IS.
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