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Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

May 23, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly 3 million residents

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on May 23, 2019, shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Escalation in Syria's Idlib rattles months-old truce

May 07, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The region of some 3 million people is under the control of a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, in one of the last parts of Syria which President Bashar al-Assad has yet to take back

CONFLICT. A man walks amidst the rubble of a building, destroyed during airstrikes by the Syrian regime and their allies near the town of Saraqeb in Syria's rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib on May 7, 2019. Photo by Amer Alhamwe/AFP

ISIS counterattack in east Syria leaves 32 dead

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Using the bad weather as a cover, the Islamic State group launches a vain but deadly counter-attack against Kurdish-led fighters

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018, shows a line of US military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij. US President Donald Trump on January 7, 2019 sought to end fears of an abrupt US pullout from Syria, saying the fight against the Islamic State group was not over and that withdrawal would be done in a "prudent" manner."We will be leaving at a proper pace while at the same time continuing to fight ISIS and doing all else that is prudent and necessary!" Trump tweeted.  Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

U.S.-backed forces retake ISIS hub in east Syria – monitor

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Syrian Democratic Forces have secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group

SDF. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attend the funeral a fellow fighter killed in the town of Hajin during battles against the Islamic State group, in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria, on December 3, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Anti-ISIS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:28 PM

Seventeen children were among 36 IS family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause – monitor

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says waves of US-led air strikes since Monday, November 5, have killed 48 jihadists, including during two ISIS assaults on oilfields north of the Hajin enclave

IN SYRIA. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters attend the funeral of a fellow fighter, killed in an offensive by the Islamic State movement against an SDF position near Deir Ezzor, in the northern Syria Kurdish town of Kobane, on November 6, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

ISIS attack kills 12 US-backed fighters in east Syria

Nov 04, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 14 civilians and 9 ISIS jihadists were killed Saturday, November 3, in coalition air strikes in Hajin and the nearby towns of Sousa and Al-Shaafa.

CIVIL WAR. Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US soldiers gather in the Kurdish-held town of Al-Darbasiyah in northeastern Syria bordering Turkey on November 4, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

3 years of Russia strikes on Syria kill 18,000 – monitor

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Human rights groups and Western governments have criticised Russia's air war in Syria saying it bombs indiscriminately and targets civilian infrastructure

Thousands head home in Syria's Idlib after deal – monitor

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Many head home after a deal is reached between Russia and rebel supporter Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone along the front line, as the first step in a wider settlement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA. A Syrian motorist drives amidst ruins in Morek, a town in the northern countryside of Hama province that links regime-held areas to the south and rebel territory in neighbouring Idlib province to the north, on September 18, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syria war has killed more than 360,000 – monitor

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:54 PM

The toll represents an increase of about 13,000 people in the past 6 months

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 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

'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

Fresh raids pound Syria's rebel Douma after talks falter

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are accused of using 'poisonous chlorine gas,' but state media says these allegations are rebel 'fabrications'

Syria regime enters key rebel-held Ghouta town – monitor

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:33 PM

More than 1,220 civilians have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since February 18

SOLDIERS. Syrian government forces brandish their weapons while standing on an armoured personnel carrier after entering al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. File photo by AFP

Civilian suffering worse than ever in 7-year Syria war – UN

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:57 PM

'The conditions faced by civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, with 69% languishing in extreme poverty,' UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says during a visit to Lebanon

AIR STRIKE. Doctors tend to ten-year-old Omar who was injured in an air strike that killed several members of his family on their home in Otaybah, in Syria's rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta on February 25, 2018. File photo by Amer Almohibany/AFP

Dozens treated for breathing problems after raids on Syria's Ghouta

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 60 people in the besieged rebel enclave are left struggling to breathe after air strikes and barrel bombs hit the towns of Saqba and Hammuriyeh

BREATHING PROBLEMS. Syrian children receive treatment for breathing difficulties at a clinic in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on March 7, 2018, after regime air strikes. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Syria's Assad says Ghouta campaign must go on

Mar 05, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's remarks come as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime air strikes on Eastern Ghouta killed 34 civilians including 11 children on Sunday

SOLDIERS. Syrian government forces brandish their weapons while standing on an armoured personnel carrier after entering al-Shifoniya as they advance in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area on March 4, 2018. Photo by AFP

Regime forces advance in Syria's battered E. Ghouta, says monitor

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 'Russian advisors' are taking part in the battles alongside regime forces in Eastern Ghouta, backed by heavy air strikes and shelling

DAMAGED. A picture taken on March 2, 2018 shows a Syrian youth looking through a balcony from a severely damaged building at the exposed painted walls of rooms that were hit by shelling in the rebel-held besieged town of Ayn Tarma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Death toll in Syria enclave tops 500 after UN delays truce vote

Feb 24, 2018 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) At least 29 civilians have been killed in fresh strikes on Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

FRESH STRIKES. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

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

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Nearly 200 dead in Syria enclave as UN warns situation 'out of control'

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) At least 194 civilians have been killed, among them 57 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA RAIDS. A man weeps over his child at a make-shift morgue in Douma who was killed in air strikes on the Syrian village of Mesraba in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:34 PM

(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

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. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Russian pilot killed after plane downed over Syria

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(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

Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitor

Jan 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids

IN SHAMBLES. This file photo shows a damaged building in the eastern Ghouta area, the target of near-daily air raids. It is one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country. AFP photo

ISIS recaptures last Syrian urban bastion in fierce fightback

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:53 AM

(UPDATED) Across the border, Iraqi forces seize several villages from the jihadists in an offensive to capture the last ISIS-held section of their country

ISIS attack killed at least 75 displaced Syrians

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The scale of the attack showed that despite losing vast swathes of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, the group is still capable of mounting deadly attacks

WAR-TORN. A picture shows the damage in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor during a military operation by government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 4, 2017. AFP photo

Syria army ousts ISIS from all of Hama province – monitor

Oct 04, 2017 - 7:55 PM

ISIS is no longer present anywhere in the Hama province of Syria for the first time in 3 years

Syria's deadliest month of 2017 claims 3,000 lives

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Some 955 people of the 3,000 killed are civilians

GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP

Russian, U.S.-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor – monitor

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier reported a toll of 28 dead in Russian and US led strikes but raises the figure after new Russian raids on the village of Hawayej Thiab in the west of the province

ISIS clashes with Syrian regime kill 150 – monitor

Sep 03, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 120 ISIS fighters and at least 35 regime troops and loyalist militiamen were killed in clashes in 24 hours

Mosul victory in 'days' as ISIS falls back in Syria

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED ISIS which declared a cross border caliphate encompassing swathes of Iraq and Syria 3 years ago is now facing twin offensives in Mosul and Raqa its two most emblematic strongholds

U.S.-backed forces cut off last ISIS escape route from Raqa

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:36 PM

But ISIS fighters hit back with a counterattack that included several suicide bombings against the Syrian Democratic Forces an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters trying to seize control of the city

RAQA. A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

472 civilians dead in month of U.S.-led Syria strikes – monitor

Jun 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the period between May 23 and June 23 saw the highest civilian death toll in coalition raids for a single month since they began on September 23 2014

AIR STRIKES. Smoke rises around buildings following a reported air strike on a rebel-held area in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, on June 22, 2017. Photo by Mohamad Abazeed/AFP

New US-led Syria strike kills 80 relatives of ISIS fighters – monitor

May 26, 2017 - 8:56 PM

The toll includes 33 children They were families seeking refuge in the town s municipal building says Rami Abdel Rahman head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

ISIS in Syria 'executes' 19 civilians, including children – monitor

May 20, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ISIS fighters entered Jazrat al Boushams village and executed civilians there including 2 women and 2 children

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ISIS kills more than 50 people in Syria assault

May 18, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The Observatory says ISIS seized control of Aqareb and part of Al Mabujeh in the attack which began with heavy shelling on a nearby regime checkpoint

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

Infighting near Damascus kills 169 – monitor

May 05, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Some 156 fighters are killed in the clashes 67 from the Army of Islam and the rest from Fateh al Sham and allied forces The fighting also kills 13 civilians including two children and wounded dozens

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

Apr 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

4th UPDATE The incident brings swift international condemnation with France and Britain demanding an emergency UN Security Council meeting and President Francois Hollande denouncing a massacre

Dozens dead in U.S.-led north Syria air strike as coalition meets

Mar 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED A Pentagon spokesman on Wednesday says the coalition will investigate the alleged strike

THE LOOK OF AN AIR STRIKE. A general view shows moke rising from buildings following an air strike on Jobar, a rebel-held district on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 21, 2017. Photo by Ammar Suleiman/AFP

More than 320,000 dead in six years of Syria war – monitor

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The toll represents an increase of about 9 000 since December when government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey brokered a nationwide cessation of hostilities

Air strikes kill 11 civilians in central Syria – monitor

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:41 PM

They are probably Russian air strikes says the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 45 people are also wounded

Thousands flee Syria army advance in north – monitor

Mar 04, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Most of the fleeing civilians have gone to areas around Manbij under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces

PATROL. Manbij Military Council forces, part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drive a humvee as they patrol the surrounding roads of in the northern Syrian town of Manbij on March 3, 2017. Delil Souleiman/AFP

Syria attack deals fresh blow to faltering peace talks

Feb 26, 2017 - 1:03 AM

The regime s envoy to the talks in Geneva says Syria would retaliate following the deadly assault claimed by former Al Qaeda affiliate Fateh al Sham Front

Syrian government forces man a checkpoint at the President square in Homs, the country's third city, on February 25, 2017 as security measures were tightened following a number of suicide attacks. Stringer/AFP

ISIS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province – monitor

Feb 06, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Regime forces were backed by fighters from Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and by Russian artillery says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army disembark from an armoured vehicle near the town of Bizaah northeast of the city of Al-Bab, some 30 kilometres from the Syrian city of Aleppo, on February 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

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

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

Car bomb in Syria coastal regime bastion kills 15 – monitor

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Security services cordon off the area around the stadium where the explosion took place

CAR BOMBING. Syrians civilians police gather at the site of a car bomb explosion in Syria's coastal city of Jablah, a bastion of the regime, on January 5, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Syria truce begins, but clashes erupt near Damascus

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:18 PM

UPDATED The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it id not clear who had started the clashes in the Wadi Barada region

DESTRUCTION IN SYRIA. A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Thousands in desperate wait for evacuation from Aleppo

Dec 17, 2016 - 6:04 PM

3rd UPDATE United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura estimates that as of December 15 there are around 40 000 civilians still trapped in rebel held Aleppo

Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighborhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP