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  • 16 killed as Turkey launches ground offensive in Syria

    Turkey launches a broad assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northeastern Syria, with intensive bombardment followed by a ground offensive made possible by the withdrawal of US troops.

  • Khashoggi's disappearance challenges fragile Middle Eastern pragmatism

    Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and women to acquire skills that would either allow them to compete in the job market or turn them into entrepreneurs.

  • Day of hope, tensions in Syria

    Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military aircraft, killing all 15 crew members, when its air defences swung into action against an Israeli missile strike, Russian and Israeli forces said yesterday.

  • 'Victory is near'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday told his troops they were close to winning the country's seven-year civil war after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels.

  • ‘White Helmets’ evacuated to Jordan

    Jordan says 800 people including members of Syria's "White Helmets" civil defence group had been evacuated from southwest Syria where Damascus' forces are advancing against rebels, with Israeli officials saying they facilitated the mission.

  • Egypt says sending Arab troops to Syria a possibility: State newspaper

    Sending Arab troops to Syria is a possibility that is being discussed by officials from various countries, Egypt's foreign minister is quoted as saying.

  • Coalition bombing of Syria may serve the ego but not the distressed

    The civilised world has stopped altogether questioning the legality of military actions of countries mighty and powerful beyond their own borders since the illegal occupation of Iraq by the US and its coalition of the willing (for some countries the entire world is their area of interest, and thus their intentions and actions, they assert, cannot be circumscribed by political boundaries). However, in this instance one might nonetheless ask whether the aim of the air strike on Syrian targets on April 13 by US, Britain and France, would actually meet the stated US objective—deterring Assad.

  • US, UK, France launch air strikes in Syria

    The United States, British and French forces strike Syria with more than 100 missiles in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a poison gas attack.

  • Trump on Syria attack: ‘Very soon or not so soon at all!’

    President Donald Trump says today that an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all,” arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that he had suggested was imminent a day earlier.

  • 8 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria, 13 wounded: Army

    Turkey suffers heavy losses during its offensive against a Kurdish militia in northwest Syria, with the military announcing that eight soldiers are killed and 13 more wounded.

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    NKorea sent banned items to Syria, Myanmar: UN

    North Korea sends items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of UN sanctions — and banned ballistic missiles systems to Myanmar, UN experts say.

  • Syrian rebels started new offensives during ceasefire

    Russia's military says rebels in Syria's eastern Ghouta start new offensives after midday, during a five-hour ceasefire, Interfax news agency reports citing a Russian general.

  • Regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

    Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey's military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio.

  • Suspected Russian jets kill 20 civilians near Syrian capital

    Suspected Russian jets kill at least 20 civilians and wounds dozens when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor says.

  • Assad's son: I know what kind of man my father is

    The son of Syrian President Bashar Assad said people who call his father a dictator don’t understand the reality of his country and that the population is united with him in fighting “invaders,” Brazil’s O Globo newspaper reported.

  • Sting reopens Paris' Bataclan hall on anniversary of militant attack

    Rock star Sting headlined a concert in Paris' Bataclan music hall on Saturday to mark the venue's reopening a year after three Islamist militants gunned down 90 revellers in France's bloodiest terror attack.

  • Germany's cricket boom poised to hit the silver screen

    A boom of interest in cricket in Germany, fuelled by the influx of asylum seekers from Pakistan and Afghanistan, is a tale poised to hit the silver screen.

  • Swiss to host Inter-migrant football contest

    Around 120 asylum seekers and refugees in Switzerland will next week compete in a football tournament organised with the backing of UEFA.

  • Syria: Potential fuse for greater conflagration

    Syria: Potential fuse for greater conflagration

    As the world is now well aware, Syria has been consumed by violence for years now. What people are less aware of, however, is why it has been raging for so long.

  • Why Turkey is so important

    Why Turkey is so important

    According to WikiLeaks, soon after Bashar Assad rejected the Qatar pipeline, the CIA began funding opposition groups in Syria…. intelligence documents, published by WikiLeaks, show that by 2012”, some US allies “were arming, training and funding radical Jihadist Sunni fighters from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to overthrow the Assad's Shia allied regime.

  • Broken promises for Syria's children

    The human consequences of the education crisis among Syrian refugees are impossible to miss. They are apparent in the growing army of child labourers picking vegetables in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley or working at garment factories in Turkey, where a half-million refugees are out of school.

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    US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

    More than 50 State Department diplomats signs an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country's civil war.

  • Mouhamad, a 40-year-old dentist and poet, lived in Aleppo, Syria. He witnessed a mortar attack that killed 27 persons in September 2012. UNHCR tells the story of the refugees escape to Greece

    Mouhamad’s journey

    Mouhamad, a 40-year-old dentist and poet, lived in Aleppo, Syria, for many years.

  • Terrorist attacks rise in Bangladesh in 2015: US report

    Terrorist attacks and the total number of deaths increased in Bangladesh in 2015, according to the US State Department.

  • Western powers urge Syria aid drops

    The US, UK and France urge the UN to begin air drops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas in Syria.

  • Top Syrian negotiator quits peace talks

    The chief negotiator of Syria's main opposition umbrella group, Mohammed Alloush, has resigned over what he called the failure of peace talks.

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    IS advance near Turkish border, civilians trapped

    Islamic State fighters capture territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border and inch closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said.

  • IS 'destroyed aircraft' at Syria base

    New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces after an attack by so-called Islamic State (IS).

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    Islamic State may be down, but it's far from out

    Islamic State (IS) is losing territory, its finances are being drained and the number of foreign fighters recruited has reportedly down to a trickle, dropped by as much as 90 percent from a high of 2,000 a month in the past year.

  • Syria blames foreign states for blasts

    The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.