International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs
At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says
(UPDATED) At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says
(UPDATED) The escalation comes as pro-government forces are also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish assault there
'We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves. And we will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,' adds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
'We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another,' US State Secretary Rex Tillerson says after the talks. 'We will work together... we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this,' he adds.
While several analysts say they do not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some speak of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase
President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus
The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria
The United States supports Israel for its strikes in Syria, blaming Iran for escalating violence in the war-wracked country
'He calls on all to work for an immediate and unconditional de-escalation of violence and exercise restraint,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric
(UPDATED) Iran, Russia and Hezbollah – the Syrian regime's main allies – issues a joint statement calling Israel's drone allegations 'lies'
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Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire
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
Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee el-Sheikh are believed to have 'participated in the detention, exploitation and execution of Western detainees'
The strikes were to counter an 'unprovoked attack against well-established Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters,' the US Central Command says
'All indications... tell us today that chlorine is being used by the regime at present in Syria,' Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian tells BFM television
The United States and Russia clash at the UN Security Council over a push by Washington to condemn reported chlorine gas attacks in Syria that have left many injured in recent days
(2nd UPDATE) Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a powerful jihadist-dominated alliance, says it shot down the plane on an affiliated media channel but made no mention of the pilot
But there needs to be a 'political transition in Syria', leading to a new constitution and elections, says President Erdogan's spokesperson
A UN panel of experts also finds evidence of military cooperation by North Korea to develop Syria's chemical weapons programs and to provide Myanmar with ballistic missiles
'There have been some problems with an armed opposition group arriving from Turkey, which said its participation depended on additional requirements,' Artem Kozhin of the Russian foreign ministry says in comments reported by TASS news agency
While some US bases are well known to groups that want to attack them, the map also shows what appear to be routes taken by forces moving outside of bases – information that could be used in planning bombings or ambushes
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'is confident that the congress in Sochi will be an important contribution' to reviving the peace talks held under UN auspices in Geneva
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin
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The two days of talks in Vienna come after 8 previous rounds in Geneva, during which the two sides failed to even meet each other
The launch comes despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow
Russia said its troops were withdrawing from the area "to prevent potential provocation and exclude the threat to the life and wellbeing of Russian military"
Turkey has sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation could be launched soon
Turkey accuses the YPG of being the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a rebellion in the Turkish southeast for more than 3 decades
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Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids
The latest killings raises to 44 the number of Russian military casualties in the Syria campaign
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 18 people are killed by Russian strikes in the town of Misraba, while the remainder die in shelling from government forces
Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have since Monday, December 25, been battling mostly jihadist fighters in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces
(UPDATED) The Russian president also sends messages to other heads of state, including Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad
It is not immediately clear when the bodies found had been killed, other than while ISIS controlled the northerly province
Red Crescent official Ahmed al-Saour says 29 seriously ill people were due to be evacuated
The 'Congress of National Dialogue' is set in Sochi on January 29 and 30
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The jihadist group lost its two main hubs, Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in Syria, earlier this year and is now only clinging to the dregs of a 'caliphate'
Rights watchdog Amnesty International has voiced repeated concerns about the use of the death penalty in Iraq, which it ranks as one of the world's top executioners behind China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia
Staffan de Mistura, UN envoy for Syria, says 'we did not have real negotiations,' blaming in particular the government delegation's apparent lack of interest in discussing anything besides the fight against 'terrorism'
This comes after Vladimir Putin said last month that efforts to end the war are entering a 'new stage' as the focus shifts from military intervention to political reforms
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The 8th round of talks is seen as a chance for the UN to revitalize its push to end the 6-year war, which has killed more than 340,000 people and left Syria in ruin
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