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Syria forces declare 'curfew' in Raqa, fearing ISIS attacks

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Raqa International Security Forces says it had received information that terrorist groups working on behalf of ISIS have 'entered Raqa to carry out attacks against stability and security'

CURFEW. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (ISIS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. File photo by Delil souleiman / AFP

UN chief appeals for end to fighting in south Syria

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls for a return to ceasefire arrangements agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan

SYRIA BOMBARDMENT. A Syrian man carries an infant injured in government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. File photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Russia 'skeptical' over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The report says forces loyal to the Syrian government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

In war-torn Syria, 'cat man' starts rare animal clinic

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Meet Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel, the Cat Man of Aleppo who runs an animal sanctuary in the war-torn, rebel-held city

FRIENDS OF FELINES. Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel runs Ernesto's Cat Sanctuary, a makeshift animal clinic in Kafr Naha, an opposition-held town in Aleppo province in Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syria's Assad to meet Kim in North Korea – KCNA

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:11 PM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad potentially can become the first head of state to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inside the isolated country

Pentagon warns Syria's Assad against attacking Kurdish-led forces

Jun 01, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie's remarks come after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian broadcaster RT he would not hesitate to use force to retake the 3rd of the country held by the Syrian Democratic Forces

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

Russia forces among dozens dead in ISIS east Syria attacks

May 27, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Defense ministry says the fighting lasted for an hour and left 43 militants dead

U.S. warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

May 26, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Reports concern US State Department that the Daraa was within the boundaries of a de-escalation zone it had negotiated with Russia and Jordan last year

REBEL. Smoke rises from buildings in a rebel-held neighbourhood of Daraa in southern Syria following reported shelling by the regime on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

U.S.-led strike hits regime positions in east Syria – state media

May 24, 2018 - 2:49 PM

'Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,' a military source says

Israel says first to use F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat

May 22, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Calling the plane by its Hebrew name, an Israeli general says: 'The Adir aircraft are already operational and flying combat missions'

FIRST RUN. An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

ISIS begins quitting last pocket of Syria's capital

May 20, 2018 - 9:44 PM

ISIS jihadists burn their headquarters before boarding buses with their relatives to leave the area, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

To fast or not? Free of IS, Syrians in Raqa mark relaxed Ramadan

May 20, 2018 - 12:19 PM

For more than three years, residents of Raqa were subjected to IS' ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN. People buy fruits and vegetables at a market in the Syrian city of Raqa on May 17, 2018, during the holy month of Ramadan. The Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) recently drove the Islamic State (IS) group out of large parts of northern and eastern Syria, including the onetime jihadist capital of Raqa, with help from the coalition's air strikes, weapons and special forces advisors. Photo by Delil souleiman/AFP

Putin meets Assad, calls for 'political process' on Syria

May 18, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that 'there were detailed discussions' between the two leaders

DIPLOMACY. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP

11 Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria Thursday – monitor

May 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Among those killed are 6 Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters in Israeli strikes on Thursday, May 10

Israel hits Iranian posts in Syria: What we know

May 10, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Here's what we know about what was hit, how the world reacted, and what could happen next

ARMOR. An Israeli soldier directs a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

10 journalists among dozens killed in Afghan attacks

May 01, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Reporters Without Borders calls it the most lethal single attack on the media since the fall of the Taliban

AFGHAN ATTACKS. Relatives and friends of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi, including his AFP photographer colleague Wakil Kohsar (R) carry Marai's coffin before his burial in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty/AFP

'Missiles' fired at Syrian regime military positions – state media

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:17 AM

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights monitor confirms the firing of missiles, adding 'Iranian elements' are stationed at two of the targeted bases

Russia, Turkey, Iran stress unity at Syria talks

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the 3 countries 'must help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists'

SYRIA CRISIS. In this file photo, the former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two-month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

EU, U.S. police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,' says Europol head Rob Wainwright

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

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Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:35 AM

Analysts say that if toxic chemicals were used, OPCW inspectors would still be able to find important traces in clothes, walls, rocks and soil in Douma, although their potency decreases with time

OPCW. The logo of OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague. File photo by John Thys/AFP

UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

'Hopefully there will be some new ideas on the table and I think it'll be on those tracks: the humanitarian situation, the chemical weapons,' says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom

UNSC MEETING. Journalists wait before a group picture during the annual informal working meeting with the UN Security Council on April 21, 2018, at Dag Hammarskjold's farm at Backakra, close to Ystad, southern Sweden. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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

German jihadist tied to 9/11 attacks caught in Syria – Pentagon

Apr 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Mohammad Haydar Zammar has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 Al-Qaeda hijackers who carried out attacks on Washington and New York, killing almost 3,000 people

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security is trying to make arrangements for fact-finding experts to travel to Douma 'at the earliest possible time'

Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari tells a meeting of the UN Security Council that the team of experts will begin work on Wednesday, April 18, once they receive the all-clear from the security detail

DOUMA. The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

U.S., France, Britain launch new U.N. bid for Syria chemical weapons probe

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The 3 allies circulate a joint draft resolution that also calls for unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid and a ceasefire, signaling the West's resolve to return to diplomacy after a one-night military operation.

CHEMICAL ATTACK. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on April 7, 2018, shows a wounded woman arriving at a hospital in the Syrian capital Damascus, after rockets fired from Douma killed civilians. Photo by SANA/AFP

U.N. rejects Russia bid to condemn strikes on Syria

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:52 AM

The Russian measure would have condemned the 'aggression' against Syria and demanded that US, UK, and France refrain from any further strike

UN VOTE. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley vetoes a Russian proposed draft resolution that would 'condemn the aggression against Syria by the US and its allies' during a UN Security Council emergency meeting concerning the situation in Syria, at the UN headquarters, April 14, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Britain at UN says Syria strikes were 'right and legal'

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:14 PM

British Ambassador Karen Pierce says the military action aims to 'alleviate further humanitarian suffering'

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. Photo by AFP

Blasts shake Damascus as U.S. and allies launch Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:18 PM

As dawn broke, plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the city's north and east

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by HANDOUT / STR / SANA / AFP

Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Douma is the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday

CONFLICT. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows anti aircraft fire on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SANA / AFP

Syria: from 'chemical attack' to retaliatory strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Here is a recap of a week of high-stakes international drama

STRIKES. A photo released on April 14, 2018 on the Twitter page of Hezbollah's "Central War Media" account shows night footage of flares above Damascus seen through a night-vision device as Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around Syria's capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SYRIAN GOVERNMENT'S CENTRAL MILITARY MEDIA / AFP

Russia says 'no victims' among Syrian civilians, military

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Russian military says that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by HANDOUT / STR / SANA / AFP

U.S.-led strikes on Syria justified – Israeli official

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Syria also serves as a base to carry out such action, namely on behalf of Iran, endangering its territory, its forces and its leadership,' an Israeli official says

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Iran warns of 'regional consequences' of Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Iran condemns the attacks, saying its a 'clear violation of international rules and laws'

U.S., France, Britain launch strikes on Syria

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:43 AM

(UPDATED) The countries launch a series of air strikes in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks

TRUMP. The US, Britain, and France launch strikes against Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that US President Donald Trump called 'crimes of a monster.' File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Filipinos in Syria urged to stay home amid U.S.-led air strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'So far, the Embassy has not received any reports of Filipino casualties in the attacks that appear to have targeted military installations in and around Damascus,' says Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

U.S. must act, but not rush decision on Syria – Haley

Apr 13, 2018 - 11:03 PM

'You don't rush decisions like this, says US Ambassador Nikki Haley about plan to launch military action on Syria

NO RUSH. File photo of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley  Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

With the UN Security Council failing thus far to find a diplomatic solution, Secretary General Antonio Guterres warns that time is running out

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

Trump says Russia ties worse than Cold War, blames Mueller

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:12 AM

US President Donald Trump mocks Moscow's threat to shoot down any US missiles targeting Syria and pilloried Moscow for its ties to the regime of Bashar al-Assad

US PRESIDENT. US President Donald Trump claims ties with Russia are worse than during the Cold War. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Divided UN fails to agree on response to Syria chemical weapons use

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Russia vetoes a US-drafted resolution on setting up a panel to identify the perpetrators of toxic gas attacks after chemical weapons were allegedly used in the rebel-held town of Douma

ANOTHER VETO. This file photo shows a UN Security Council meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Russia, U.S. headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) The US push for a new inquiry comes amid heightened tensions over possible US military action in Syria, with President Donald Trump saying 'major decisions' would be taken within 48 hours

UNITED NATIONS. A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

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CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo

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