A Syrian opposition watchdog has reported that airstrikes - allegedly by Russia - have killed and wounded civilians. Russia, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad, first began airstrikes in Syria in late September.
Turkey has confirmed it has received the body of a Russian pilot shot down on Tuesday and will deliver it to Russia. The incident, which occurred along the Turkish-Syrian border, has sparked international outrage.
Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope has visited Jerusalem to attend the funeral of a bishop. The religious leader made the visit despite a travel ban to Israel imposed by his predecessor.
The main objective of the anti-terror coalition is to destroy the "Islamic State" headquarters in Raqqa, the French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said. Moscow and Berlin pledged to work with France in Syria.
US soldiers have reportedly arrived in northern Syria - the first official deployment of US ground troops in the country. The troops are tasked with training Kurdish and Syrian opposition forces battling "Islamic State."
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Germany plans to send reconnaissance jets to Syria, to help in the fight against "Islamic State," according to a Christian Democrat politician. French President Hollande appealed to Germany for help to fight the group.
French President Francois Hollande is headed to Moscow on a quest to seek unity against the "Islamic State" group. The visit comes amid a crisis in diplomatic relations between Russia and France's NATO ally Turkey.
As tensions rise between Ankara and Moscow, attention has shifted to an obscure ethnic group in the Middle East: the Turkmens of Syria. But who are the Turkmens and how do they fit into the ongoing war in the region?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey appears to be a planned provocation. Turkey has said it would like to avoid escalation.
The Syrian army has returned one of two Russian pilots from a jet shot down by Turkey to a Russian airbase. Russia said it will deploy its advanced S-400 air defense system in response to Turkey's actions.
Presidents Francois Hollande and Barack Obama have vowed to ramp up their joint efforts to destroy Islamic State. France's strategy after the Paris attacks requires broad US cooperation and a role for Russia.
US President Barack Obama has called for a reduction in tensions after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet over Syria. He spoke by phone to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan