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No relations with Syria for countries backing rebels – Assad

Aug 20, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The United States and most European countries shut their embassies in Damascus after the government s bloody crackdown on protests that erupted in March 2011

Deadly rocket fire hits near Damascus trade fair

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:56 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 6 people were killed and around a dozen wounded

Enough evidence to convict Syria's Assad of war crimes – prosecutor

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Carla Del Ponte of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria says justice remains elusive as no international court is tasked with trying the war crimes yet

Trump won't let Assad get away with 'horrible' crimes

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon s Prime Minister Saad Hariri Trump also calls the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC.  Tasos Katopodis/AFP

U.S., Russia agree on ceasefire in southwest Syria

Jul 08, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The agreement includes areas that have seen Israel retaliate for stray fire into the Israeli occupied Golan Heights from recent clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebel fighters

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (C-R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C-L) hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED The White House says the preparations are similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel held town

The flag of the Syrian Arab Republic (centre right) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS – military source, monitor

May 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The army takes control of more than 170 villages and towns in the area according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

May 08, 2017 - 5:31 PM

UPDATED Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria state television says in a news alert

EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

Apr 21, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Mattis makes the comments during a one day visit for talks with Israeli leaders who strongly supported a recent US strike against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack on a rebel held town

MATTIS ON SYRIA. US Defense Minister James Mattis addresses the press during a NATO defence ministers' meetings at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 15, 2017. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Buses evacuate hundreds from 4 besieged Syria towns

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Most of the evacuees on board at least 65 buses are women children and elderly people

TIMELINE: Suspected Syria chemical attack

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Here is a recap of developments after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib province

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. Photo by Omar haj kadour / AFP

Merkel spokesman denounces Hitler comparisons after Spicer reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:54 PM

Sean Spicer draws comparisons to Adolf Hitler s actions during the Holocaust and those being carried out now by President Bashar al Assad in Syria sparking outrage during Passover and calls for him to resign

SPICER GAFFE. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds the first daily press briefing of the Trump administration at the White House in Washington, DC, January 23, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump spokesman apologizes for 'insensitive' Hitler reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Sean Spicer: Frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison

In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Tillerson says no place for Assad in Syria's future

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:36 PM

UPDATED Washington and its allies are pushing for Russia to rein in the Syrian regime but the G7 ministers failed to agree on whether fresh sanctions should be imposed on Damascus and Moscow

MEETING THE MEDIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses reporters at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre memorial site in Lucca, Italy, on April 10, 2017. US State Department photo/Public Domain

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Apr 07, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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SAKSIKAN: Amerika Serikat luncurkan serangan rudal ke Suriah

Apr 07, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Serangan ini atas perintah Presiden Donald Trump sebagai balasan atas serangan gas kimia di Suriah

SERANGAN RUDAL. Presiden Donald Trump memerintahkan serangan rudal ke pangkalan militer udara Suriah sebagai balasan atas serangan gas kimia yang telah menewaskan 80 orang. Foto oleh Shawn Thew/EPA

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Apr 07, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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U.S. launches missile strike on Syria airbase

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED President Donald Trump orders the massive military response in retaliation for the deadly April 4 chemical attack being blamed on the Assad regime

MISSILE STRIKE. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile while conducting naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price

Russia, Syria hit back as pressure builds over 'chemical attack'

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED World powers point the finger at the government of Bashar al Assad but Foreign Minister Walid Muallem repeats the government s denial

TREATMENT. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/ AFP

Kita bisa membantu korban serangan gas beracun di Suriah

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Situs kitabisa com dan Aksi Cepat Tanggap ACT menggalang dana untuk korban perang saudara di Suriah Serangan gas beracun pada 4 April 2017 menewaskan lebih dari 80 orang

TAK SADARKAN DIRI. Seorang balita perempuan yang tak sadarkan diri menerima perawatan medis di kota Khan Sheikhoun usai mendapat serangan militer pada Selasa, 4 April. Foto oleh Omar haj kadour/AFP

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Autopsies were carried out on 3 of the bodies after they were brought from Idlib The results of the autopsy confirms that chemical weapons were used Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says

BEKIR BOZDAG. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks at a press conference at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

UN-backed Syria peace talks to restart in Geneva

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:16 PM

On the agenda for this round are issues of governance – a political transition the constitution and elections as well as counter terrorism at the request of Damascus

IN RUINS. A picture taken on March 22, 2017 shows a general view of destruction in the Syrian town of Suran in the countryside of the central province of Hama, which was taken by rebel forces after an offensive started the day prior. Omar haj kadour/AFP

Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo – UN

Mar 02, 2017 - 5:59 PM

UN Commission on Inquiry: The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict

A picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows a tank in west Aleppo's Ithaa district after Syrian pro-government forces retook the area from rebel fighters. George Ourfalian/AFP

UN-backed Syria talks restart with rebels on back foot

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Hopes for a breakthrough remain dim with the sides still deadlocked over Bashar al Assad s fate and violence on the ground persisting

A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs as he searches for victims following a reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

Assad dismisses Amnesty report on mass hangings

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The human rights group on Tuesday alleges the gruesome mass executions amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity saying they are probably still taking place at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus

BASHAR AL-ASSAD. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 7, 2017 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (L) giving an interview to a Belgian media outlet. Photo by SANA / AFP

Amnesty accuses Syria of mass hangings in infamous jail

Feb 07, 2017 - 3:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Amnesty International s damning report is based on interviews with 84 witnesses including guards detainees and judges

A frame grab from a video on Saydnaya prison, produced by Amnesty International. Courtesy Amnesty International

UN peace talks on Syria delayed until February 20 – diplomats

Feb 01, 2017 - 12:39 AM

The talks in Geneva had been scheduled to begin on February 8 but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week announced they would be delayed without providing reasons

POSTPONED? Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) meets with representatives of Syria's political opposition (bottom) in Moscow on January 27, 2017. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/ AFP

U.S. lawmaker says she met Assad on secret Syria trip

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:08 PM

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard who often clashes with her own party on issues related to Syria has long opposed a US policy of regime change there

In this file photo, U.S. Representative, HI-02 Tulsi Gabbard attends the 2016 'Tina Brown Live Media's American Justice Summit' on January 29, 2016 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images/AFP

Three-way bid to boost Syria truce after Astana talks

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:44 PM

UPDATED Russia Turkey and Iran also backs the participation of the armed rebel groups at a new round of peace talks set to be hosted by the United Nations in Geneva next month

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov (C) reads a final statement on Syria peace talks as UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (R) looks through his papers in Astana on January 24, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria peace talks close to final declaration

Jan 24, 2017 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the rebels would not sign a final declaration coming out of the talks saying it would be issued by their sponsors

Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Syria rebels vow to keep fighting if talks fail

Jan 23, 2017 - 8:22 PM

UPDATED If the negotiations succeed then we are with the negotiations rebel spokesman Osama Abu Zeid says If they don t succeed unfortunately we ll have no choice but to continue fighting

ASTANA TALKS. Spokesman for Syrian armed opposition groups Osama Abu Zeid looks on as he addresses a press conference in Ankara on December 29, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Syria peace talks off to rocky start

Jan 23, 2017 - 12:40 PM

3rd UPDATE Rebel spokesman Yehya al Aridi says the opposition backed out of the first round of direct talks because of the regime s continued bombardment and attacks on a flashpoint area near Damascus

SYRIA TALKS. UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) meets with an Iranian delegation prior to the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017.  Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A breakdown of the forces involved in the complex civil war

SYRIA. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 9, 2016 shows Syrian Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Fahd Jasem al-Freij, gesturing next to other officers during a visit to the city of Aleppo. Photo by Louai Beshara/SANA/AFP

Syria regime, rebels name delegation heads to Astana talks

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED Talks on the nearly six year old conflict organized by Turkey Russia and Iran are set to begin on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana

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Jan 09, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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DEVOTION. The Black Nazarene procession moves in front of the National Museum as of 9:30 am on Monday, January 9. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Assad says Syrian forces on road to victory after retaking Aleppo

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Assad: We do not consider that retaking Aleppo from the rebels as a victory because victory will be when we have eliminated all the terrorists But it is a critical moment

Syrian children gather around a fire as the Syrian government starts to clean up areas formerly held by opposition forces in the northern city of Aleppo on December 27, 2016, in the Shaar district. George Ourfalian/AFP

Fighting puts Syria peace negotiations at risk

Jan 04, 2017 - 8:06 AM

A dozen Syrian rebel factions have suspended talks on new peace negotiations accusing President Bashar al Assad s regime of violating a 4 day old ceasefire

A Syrian man carries wood to be used for heating in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, on January 3, 2017. Abd Doumany/AFP

Syria regime, rebels agree nationwide ceasefire

Dec 29, 2016 - 8:47 PM

UPDATED Putin says Damascus and the main forces of the armed opposition had inked the truce agreement and a document expressing a readiness to start peace talks

A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

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Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Syria army, civilians reclaim ruined Aleppo streets

Dec 23, 2016 - 11:35 PM

UPDATED The reclamation of the former rebel stronghold is the biggest victory for President Bashar al Assad s forces in nearly 6 years of civil war

Syrian forces retake Aleppo in major boost for Assad

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The announcement comes after a landmark evacuation deal that ended a ferocious month long offensive waged on east Aleppo by government forces and allied militia

CELEBRATION. Syrians celebrate on December 22, 2016 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, after the army said it has retaken full control of the country's second city. George Ourfalian/AFP

Snow and delays as last evacuees wait to leave Aleppo

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Thousands of residents still remain in the last pocket of the opposition controlled Syrian city

Empty buses that are going to be used to evacuate Syrians from eastern Aleppo enter the embattled city through the Ramoussa crossing, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 20, 2016. Syria's army urged the last remaining rebels and civilians to leave the bombed-out eastern quarters of Aleppo as it prepares to take full control of the devastated city.   / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

7-year-old Syria war symbol evacuated from Aleppo

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:10 PM

For her tens of thousands of followers Bana is a symbol of the tragedy unfolding in Syria although Syrian President Bashar al Assad s regime has slammed her and her mother s nearly daily tweets as propaganda

BANA ALABED. A photo of Bana Alabed from her Twitter account, dated September 26, 2016.

Thousands evacuated from Aleppo as UN eyes observers

Dec 19, 2016 - 8:37 AM

5th UPDATE Ahmad al Dbis who heads a team of doctors and volunteers coordinating evacuations says the evacuees were in a very bad state after waiting for more than 16 hours at a regime checkpoint without being allowed off the buses

A bus drives through the government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria crisis: UN Security Council to vote on Aleppo observers

Dec 18, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The UN Security Council is set to meet to vote on French proposals to dispatch monitors to oversee evacuations and report on the protection of civilians but faces resistance from veto wielding Russia

OBLITERATED. Syrians walk down a destroyed street in Aleppo's al-Akroub neighborhood on December 17, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Obama denounces Aleppo 'horror' as evacuation suspended

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED The world as we speak is united in horror at the savage assault by the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies on the city of Aleppo says President Barack Obama

An injured Syrian woman from Aleppo reacts as she is being transported from the Syrian side of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing to a hospital in Turkey on December 16, 2016. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Aleppo mayor urges EU to save citizens

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:26 PM

The 50 000 citizens of eastern Aleppo are only waiting for their deaths after the failure of the international community Brita Hagi Hassan tells reporters alongside EU President Donald Tusk

SPEAKING UP. President of the Civil Committee of Aleppo Hagi Hassan Brita looks on after a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 19, 2016. Photo by Alain Jocard/ AFP

Thousands leave Aleppo under rebel withdrawal deal

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al Assad s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria s second city handing the regime its biggest victory in more than 5 years of civil war

ALEPPO EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Deadly clashes hit Aleppo as evacuation deal on hold

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:27 PM

3rd UPDATE After hours of quiet government air strikes and heavy tank fire resumed in the last pocket of rebel held territory in east Aleppo

FLEEING. Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Aleppo loss to spell end for Syria rebellion's dreams

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:03 PM

When rebels stormed Aleppo in 2012 a year after the uprising against Assad began with anti government protests the opposition believed it was on the verge of overthrowing his regime

CONFLICT. Syrian pro-regime fighters, gesture as they drive past residents fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016. STRINGER / AFP