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Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack – army

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns arch-foe Iran it had no immunity from his state's military

MORE ATTACKS. Syrian civilians flee from a a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Damascus to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The Idlib region, which sits on the Turkish border, is now the last major stronghold of opposition to the Russia-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad

OPEN. Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

'Bomb blast' rocks Syrian capital Damascus

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:29 AM

The explosion comes as another bomb in the northern city of Afrin killed 3 people and wounded 9 others, on the 1st anniversary of a Turkish offensive on the Kurdish-majority region

Saudi Arabia pledges $100M to U.S.-backed Syria rehab

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:26 PM

This contribution is the biggest single cash injection yet for reconstruction efforts in areas formerly controlled by the jihadists

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk down a street in Raqa past destroyed vehicles and heavily damaged buildings on October 20, 2017, after a Kurdish-led force expelled Islamic State (IS) group fighters from the northern Syrian city, formerly their "capital". SDF fighters flushed jihadist holdouts from Raqa's main hospital and municipal stadium, wrapping up a more than four-month offensive against what used to be the inner sanctum of IS's self-proclaimed "caliphate", which for three years saw some of the group's worst abuses and grew into a centre for both its potent propaganda machine and its unprecedented experiment in jihadist statehood. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

May 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

'The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD,' says US ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood

PROTESTS. US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Rebels set to leave new area outside Damascus

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The agreement is the latest in a string of deals that have seen opposition fighters and civilians bussed out of former opposition strongholds near Damascus

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Casualties reported in strike on Syria air base – state media

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The strike on the Tayfur air base in the central province of Homs, comes as international outrage mounts over an attack on Saturday in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta

Death toll tops 220 in 4-day regime assault on Syria rebel enclave

Feb 09, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Violence has also flared in eastern Syria on Thursday, February 8, where the US-led coalition says it has killed at least 100 pro-regime fighters to fend off an attack on its Kurdish allies

SYRIA. A wounded man is helped out of the destruction following air strikes in the rebel-held enclave of Arbin in the Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on February 8, 2018. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Two Russian servicemen killed in Syria mortar attack

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:34 PM

The latest killings raises to 44 the number of Russian military casualties in the Syria campaign

RUSSIAN ARMY. This file picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on September 15, 2017 shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo by  Dominique Derda/France2/AFP

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

Damascus bomber kills 18 after car chase

Jul 02, 2017 - 3:32 PM

3rd UPDATE At least 12 other people are wounded in the blast at the eastern Tahrir Square district in Damascus Syria

Syrian security members stand next to charred vehicles as they inspect the damage at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the capital Damascus' eastern Tahrir Square district, on July 2, 2017.  Syrian state television reported that security forces had intercepted three suicide car bombers on their way into the city, killing two, but the third managed to reach the eastern Tahrir Square district. The attacker was surrounded but was able to detonate a bomb, killing a number of people and wounding several more, it reported. / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

May 09, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The evacuation began days after regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey signed a deal to implement de escalation zones where the government and opposition will halt hostilities

DEPARTURE. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 8, 2017, shows the first batch of militants and some of their family members leaving from Damascus' Barzeh neighborhood following a deal to evacuate the area. SANA/AFP

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

Huge blast near Damascus airport, 'probably' Israeli strike

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

UPDATED The Syrian regime ally Hezbollah says it is probably the result of an Israeli air strike

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Steady shelling and sniper fire are heard across Damascus as rebel factions allied with Fateh al Sham Front launch an attack on regime positions

Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 19, 2017. Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of Damscus as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed EYAD

Bombs rock Damascus as Syrian war enters 7th year

Mar 15, 2017 - 8:23 PM

UPDATED There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts the second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week

BLOODY SCENE. Syrian security forces inspect the scene of a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. Louai Beshara/AFP

Twin Damascus bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims kill 46

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:02 PM

UPDATED A roadside bomb detonates as a bus passed and a suicide bomber blows himself up in the Bab al Saghir area

Turkey says U.S. will be invited to fresh Syria talks

Jan 13, 2017 - 12:19 PM

UPDATED The talks in Astana are expected to take place on January 23

Explosions hit Damascus military airport – Syria state TV

Jan 13, 2017 - 7:58 AM

State news agency SANA has reported the blasts saying ambulances were rushing to the scene

Talks in Moscow, Ankara to ease Damascus water crisis – UN

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:28 PM

Two meetings are taking place both in Ankara and now probably in Moscow too which will be discussing this aspect because … water in Damascus is vital Staffan de Mistura tells reporters in Geneva

WATER CRISIS. Syrians wait to fill plastic containers with water provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the capital Damascus on January 10, 2017. Photo by Louai Beshara/ AFP

Damascus water crisis grows as fighting threatens truce

Jan 05, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The water from rebel held Wadi Barada which supplies 4 million people in Damascus is cut causing major shortages The regime and rebels trade accusations over responsibility

620 Syrian rebels quit besieged town near Damascus – local official

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:55 PM

Syria s government has champions such local deals – which typically see rebels evacuated in exchange for an end to their encirclement – as a way of bringing stability to the war ravaged country

Damascus rocketed after air raids hit Aleppo hospitals

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

The bombardment of Aleppo has worsened the plight of residents of besieged eastern neighborhoods where food and medical supplies are becoming increasingly scarce

A Syrian man holds the body of his child after it was taken from under the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Marjah in the northern city of Aleppo, on July 24, 2016. Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

43 civilians dead in bombardment of Syria rebel-held areas – monitor

Jul 21, 2016 - 10:14 PM

Opposition held neighborhoods of Aleppo are effectively under siege having been under fire for the past two weeks after government forces advance to within firing range of the only remaining supply route into the east of the city

2 medics among 20 dead in regime shelling of Syria town – monitor

Jul 02, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The two medics are among those killed in a Syrian government shelling of a rebel held town northeast of the capital

Suicide bombers 'kill 20' outside Syria shrine

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED The shrine south of the center of Damascus is heavily guarded by pro government forces but has still been the target of several jihadist attacks

BOMBED. Syrian men ride a motorbike past buildings damaged by earlier attacks in Syria. File photo by Karam al-Masri/AFP

Hezbollah blames Islamist extremists for killing military chief in Syria

May 14, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Lebanon s Hezbollah says investigation has shown that the blast was caused by artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri Sunni extremist groups present in the region

GRIEF. Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 13 May 2016. Photo by Nabil Mounzer/EPE

UN probe accuses Damascus of 'extermination' of detainees

Feb 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

UN investigators accuse Damascus of extermination in its jails and detention centers saying prisoners were executed tortured to death or held in such horrific conditions that they perished

Jihadists 'to quit south Damascus districts' – sources

Dec 25, 2015 - 11:02 PM

Islamic State and Al Nusra Front are reportedly quitting the districts of Qadam Hajar Al Aswad and the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk

TOPSHOTS A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / STR

Russia says airforce hit 1,623 'terrorist targets' in Syria over past month

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Russia says its airforce had destroyed 1 623 terrorist targets in Syria since it launched a bombing campaign a month ago to support forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad

SUPPORT. Several hundred people, holding up portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (L), gather near the Russian embassy in Damascus on October 13, 2015 to express their support for Moscow's air war in Syria, just before two rockets struck the embassy compound sparking panic among the crowd. Photo by Louai Beshara / AFP

Russia says air force hit record 94 targets in Syria in 24 hours

Oct 26, 2015 - 11:53 PM

Russian jets struck 94 targets in war torn Syria over the past 24 hours the highest one day tally since the Kremlin began its month old bombing campaign the Russian defense ministry said Monday October 26

STRIKE. A video grab made on October 15, 2015, shows an image taken from a footage made available on the Russian Defense Ministry's official website, purporting to show an explosion after airstrikes carried out by Russian air force on what Russia says was an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib. Photo from the Russian Defense Ministry / AFP

ISIS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids

Oct 09, 2015 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED With Moscow in its 10th day of strikes the United States announces it would halt its troubled program to build up Syrian rebel units to fight ISIS

At a Damascus market, divided Syria comes together again

Sep 24, 2015 - 1:25 AM

The souk – founded when Syria was under French administration from 1920 to 1946 and named after Paris s famed Les Halles market

11 dead in rebel shelling on Syria's Damascus – monitor

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:30 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that most of the casualties are civilians

Syria arrests 'Al-Qaeda suspect in Druze bombing'

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Al Wafed Abu Tarabeh also confesses Al Nusra Front was behind attacks on a Sweida city government property which claimed 31 lives the Syrian state news agency reports

AL QAEDA. A fighter from the al-Qaeda group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, poses next to the movements flag in a destroyed building near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. File photo by Rami Al-Sayed/AFP

Blast in downtown Damascus kills Syria general – monitor

May 25, 2015 - 1:05 AM

The powerful Ahrar al Sham rebel group posts a video online claiming to show the attack on Brigadier General Bassem Ali Muhanna s car with an improvised explosive device

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 5, 2015 shows smoke billowing after several mortars hit the central Baramke area in the capital Damascus, killing three people, according to SANA. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

ISIS loses ground in Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Palestinian sources say jihadists from ISIS have lost ground to Palestinian fighters in Syria s Yarmuk camp

AFTERMATH. Graffiti on a wall in the Palestinian al-Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus, Syria, 09 April 2015. Photo by Youssef Badawi / EPA

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as ISIS storms Damascus

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:33 AM

UPDATED The Islamic State takes control of a large part of the Yarmuk refugee camp during fighting with Palestinian groups

Mortar attack on Damascus souk kills one, wounds 30 – state media

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:16 AM

In another reported attack at a civilian site a medic from Hamas was killed in the Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus

NEW NORMAL. A general view shows Syrians waling at al-Hamidiyah souk (market) in the old Damascus, Syria, 10 September 2013. Youssef Badawi/EPA

13,000 Syrians tortured to death since uprising began

Mar 14, 2015 - 4:40 AM

A 12 year old is the youngest victim of the war

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:09 AM

Myiasis is not lethal for humans but its appearance says a lot about worsening living conditions in war ravaged Syria

A taste of home for war-weary Syrians in Beirut

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:53 PM

We cannot forget our roots The secret to our cuisine lies in the flavor the mix of spices And nothing can replace the taste of home

HOMELAND EATS. Clients eat lunch at a Syrian restaurant from Aleppo in the Lebanese capital Beirut on October 31, 2014. Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria frees woman born in jail, 10 days after arrest

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Her parents are anti regime activists who have themselves been in jail on political charges

Filipino jihadists killed in Syria - reports

Sep 22, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The government says the reports are not confirmed but a group has been formed to monitor Filipino extremists activities in relation to ISIS

ENEMY LINE. A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. JM Lopez/AFP

Iran has 'role' in fighting ISIS militants: Kerry

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:02 PM

In combating the jihadist threat US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is a role for nearly every country to play including Iran

FIGHT VS ISIS US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Islamic State (IS) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, September 17, 2014. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Truce deal in district of Syrian capital: news agency

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:57 PM

A reconciliation agreement came into force on Monday SANA reports the chairman of the reconciliation committee as saying

TRUCE. A patrolling Syrian soldier stops to greet a group of journalists in the town of al-Mleiha town, 10 kilometers south east of Damascus 15 August 2014. Photo by EPA/Youssef Badawi

UN to vote on improved Syria aid access

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The United Nations accuses the Syrian regime of imposing bureaucratic and arbitrary obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian aid

AID FOR CIVILIANS. The UN Council calls on the Syrian government to improve civilians' access to much-needed aid. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Dozens killed in Syria, watchdog to probe chlorine claims

Apr 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

The regime and rebels have blamed each other for using chlorine in at least one attack

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Syria chemical handover nearly complete – watchdog

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:51 PM

Damascus had pledged to have all of its stockpile removed from the war ravaged country by Sunday April 27

ALMOST THERE. Syria's chemical weapons are due to be destroyed by June 30. A majority of storage and productions sites are now closed, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical and the United Nations. File photo by Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Israel bombs Syria army targets after Golan attack

Mar 19, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The bombing marks the most serious escalation along the ceasefire line with Syria since the 1973 Middle East War

HIGH TENSION. Israeli Merkava tanks patrol near Israeli-Syrian border in the Golan heights after Israeli Air forces launched air raids against Syrian army positions loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Photo by Atef Safadi/EPA