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.
Syrian troops have gassed fighters for the "Islamic State" who were trying to capture a major airbase, a watchdog reports. Government troops and various rebel factions have long fought over the air base.
Bashar al-Assad says US-led airstrikes on the "Islamic State" (IS) have failed to produce results. US Secretary of State John Kerry says the international coalition against IS will most likely need to exist for years.
Two British citizens have been handed lengthy prison sentences for preparing terrorist acts. The men had traveled to Syria to join an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group.
Rights organizations have called for the release of four Syrian activists kidnapped in Damascus last year. No one ever claimed responsibility for their abduction, and they haven't been heard of since the kidnapping.
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