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Deadly ISIS-claimed suicide attack hits U.S. forces in north Syria

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:22 PM

According to Pentagon statistics, the blast is the deadliest attack for US anti-ISIS forces in Syria since they deployed in 2014

DEADLY ATTACK. An image grab taken from a video published by Hawar News Agency on January 16, 2019, shows the aftermath of a suicide attack in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. Photo by various sources/AFP

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Instead, the Kurds say they will accept the deployment of UN forces along the separation line between Kurdish fighters and Turkish troops

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participating in a training manuever, gather near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo's province, a few kilometres from areas controlled by a Kurdish-led coalition, on January 16, 2019. Turkey has threatened to launch a vast cross-border offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which controls most of northeastern Syria. Syria's Kurds today rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

New envoy in Syria to revive U.N. mediation efforts

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Geir Pedersen, who replaces Staffan de Mistura, is the fourth negotiator to have been appointed UN special envoy to Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011

NEW ENVOY. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on January 15, 2019 shows Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (R) meeting with the new United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen in the capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Turkey to set up Syria 'security zone' after Trump call

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM

In a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirms that 'a 20-mile security zone along the Syrian border... will be set up by us'

TURKEY. Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. File photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:00 AM

In a telephone conversation, the leaders 'discussed the idea of creating a security zone cleared of terrorism in the north of the country,' the Turkish presidency says in a statement

ON SYRIA. This combination of file pictures created on August 11, 2018 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) deliverling a speech during an AK party's group meeting at the AK Party's headquarters in Ankara, on January 26, 2018; and US President Donald Trump (R) during a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 30, 2018. File photos by Adem Altan and Saul Loeb/AFP

Netanyahu confirms weekend strike by Israel on Iran target in Syria

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus international airport,' says Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump advisor in Turkey for talks on Syria pullout

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

US President Donald Trump says the fight against ISIS is not over and that the withdrawal will be done in a 'prudent' manner

U.S. seeking to ensure 'Turks don't slaughter the Kurds' in Syria

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:36 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references the growing fears for US-allied Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as he defends President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw from the war-battered country

ON SYRIA. In this file photo, Mike Pompeo delivers his remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

2018 death toll Syria war's lowest at under 20,000 – monitor

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:24 PM

(UPDATED) The war in Syria leaves 19,666 people dead in 2018, the lowest in nearly 8 years

ONGOING WAR. A picture taken early on March 23, 2018 shows flames erupting following regime bombardment in Douma, one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. File Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/ AFP

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after U.S. pullout

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov says an 'understanding was reached' between military representatives of Russia and Turkey

COORDINATION. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country and Turkey will coordinate ground operations in Syria. Photo by AFP

Pompeo to meet Netanyahu in Brazil after Syria decision

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The meeting comes at the heels of US President Donald Trump's announcement that he would bring home all 2,000 American troops from Syria

DIPLOMACY TALKS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brazil. Photos by AFP

Trump declares end to U.S. 'policeman' role in surprise Iraq visit

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Trump's surprise visit prompts criticism from Iraqi authorities, noting that it was 'not commensurate with diplomatic norms and relations with sovereign states'

TRUMP IN IRAQ. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to speak to members of the US military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq, December 26, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Order signed for U.S. military's controversial Syria exit

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

US President Donald Trump and Turkey President Recept Tayyip Erdogan agreed to ensure coordination to prevent a power vacuum in the war-torn country

STRIKES. 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. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Top U.S. envoy to anti-ISIS coalition resigns

Dec 23, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Brett McGurk describes President Donald Trump's move to withdraw troops from Syria as a 'shock' and 'complete reversal of policy'

U.S. defense chief James Mattis quits

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:02 AM

The resignation of of the US defense secretary comes as President Donald Trump weathers backlash over his sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria

JIM MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump plans full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:52 PM

The US president tweets: 'We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency'

TRUMP AND MEDICAID. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fair Expo Center on October 13, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. File photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive

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

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

Syria coalition targets ISIS leader linked to decapitation of American

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:07 AM

'The coalition forces carried out specific strikes against a high-ranking ISIS leader, Abou al Oumarayn... in the desert' in Syria, says Sean Ryan, spokesman for an international anti-jihadist coalition.

PETER KASSIG. This Kassig Family released handout photo on October 4, 2014 shows Peter Kassig in front of a truck somewhere along the Syrian border between late 2012 and autumn 2013 delivering supplies to refugees. File photo handout by Kassig Family/AFP

Argentinian woman leaves Syria after two year 'kidnap' ordeal

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Nancy Roxana Papa was kidnapped after accepting the invitation of a Syrian man she had met online 3 years earlier

Pope Francis lights candle for children of Syria

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'"Let these flames of hope dispel the shadows of war,' Pope Francis says

U.N. wants Syria to account for war dead, detainees

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria says it is crucial to push the Syrian government to give a full account after it began in May to release death notifications

SYRIA WAR. 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

Around 100 Syrians struggle to breathe after 'toxic' attack

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Health official Ziad Hajj Taha says the incident was a 'probable' chlorine attack

Veteran war crimes prosecutor urges reform of 'disappointing' United Nations

Nov 18, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Carla del Ponte reiterates her frustration at the lack of accountability for the horrendous crimes committed in Syria, where more than 360,000 people have been killed since the conflict erupted in 2011

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

First aid since January reaches displaced Syrians near Jordan border

Nov 03, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'The UN and SARC are delivering humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in need at Rukban camp in southeast Syria,' the UN says in a statement

BORDER. In this file photo taken on March 1, 2017, Syrian refugee patients from the makeshift Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan in the remote northeast, cross over to visit a UN-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian-side for checkups. File photo by Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

Israel accuses Syria, Iran of orchestrating Gaza rocket fire

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:51 PM

The barrage of rockets triggers extensive retaliatory strikes by Israeli aircraft against Gaza that risked escalating into a wider conflict

Turkey to host Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The planned summit will be the first to bring together the Turkish and Russian leaders with the European Union's two most significant national leaders to 'try and find' a lasting solution to the Syrian war

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Russia says 88,000 Syria rebels killed

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the 7-year civil war.

WAR. Syrian rebel-fighters with the National Liberation Front (NLF) stand on a hill overlooking regime-held areas in northwestern countryside of Aleppo province on October 9, 2018. File photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

ISIS frees 6 Syria Druze women, children after 3-month ordeal

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) The release of the prisoners is the first part of a deal to exchange them for at least 60 Islamic State prisoners and $27 million

FREE. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 20, 2018 shows a woman and 4 children among the 6 released of 27 Druze hostages held by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in a prisoner swap and ransom, upon their arrival at a government-controlled building in Syria's southern city of Sweida. Photo from SANA/AFP

Amnesty International condemns US-led coalition over Raqa civilian killings

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:11 AM

'The US-led coalition's ongoing failure to admit to, let alone adequately investigate, the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction it caused in Raqa is a slap in the face for survivors,' Amnesty International says in a statement

RAQA. A member of the first response team tours the courtyard of the National Hospital building in the northern Syria city of Raqa, which was the final bastion of IS fighters, on October 13, 2018. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Under a deal reached by opposition backer Turkey and regime ally Russia last month, rebels and jihadists alike should have pulled out all heavy arms from the horseshoe-shaped zone by October 10

Hundreds taken by ISIS from displacement camp in east Syria

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

A number of fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces dies trying to defend the camp in a battle that lasted several hours

FUNERAL. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attend the funeral of fellow fighters in the northeastern city of Qamishli on September 14, 2018. File photo Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Iran fires missiles at Syria jihadists after deadly attack

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The pre-dawn strike by Iran was in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group

MISSILE. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website via SEPAH News shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018. Handout/Sepah News/ Iran's Revolutionary Guards Website/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

Syria calls on U.S., French, Turkish forces to 'withdraw immediately'

Sep 30, 2018 - 12:02 AM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem says Damascus would continue 'fighting this sacred battle until we purge all Syrian territories' of both terror groups and 'any illegal foreign presence'

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Syrian president points to Israel but the Russian plane was downed by Syria's Russian-made S-200 air defense system and all aboard were killed

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 downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

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

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Pope warns of 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Syrian rebel bastion

Sep 02, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Pope Francis urges the international community and other actors 'to make use of the instruments of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations, in compliance with international humanitarian law and to safeguard the lives of civilians'

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican.  Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Gilas drubs Syria for 5th place Asiad finish

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The national men's basketball team pens a fairly happy ending to its dramatic Asian Games campaign

WINNING EXIT. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine basketball team close out their campaign with a victory. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler