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Moscow, Ankara say Syria buffer going ahead despite missed deadline

Beirut - Russia and Turkey said Tuesday their deal to set up a buffer zone for the last major Syrian rebel bastion of Idlib was still on course, despite jihadists missing a deadline to withdraw.

Syria reopens two border crossings, but many escape regime control

Birut - Two border crossings in Syria's south reopened on Monday, after the government's capture of the entire frontier there allowed for the gates to be opened for the first time in years.

Syria's Idlib buffer zone hangs in balance

Beirut - A horseshoe-shaped demilitarised zone around Syria's opposition stronghold of Idlib is aimed at averting a massive government assault on the area, but its implementation has been riddled with challenges.

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without jihadists leaving

Beirut - A deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.

Hundreds taken by IS from displacement camp in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - Hundreds of people were taken by Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said Saturday.

Aid groups worried as deadline looms for Syria's Idlib

Beirut - Aid agencies on Friday warned of dire humanitarian consequences if a Russia-Turkey deal to avert a regime assault on Syria's last major rebel stronghold was not fully implemented within days.

HRW urges Saudi allies to review ties over missing journalist

Beirut - Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged allies of Saudi Arabia to review their ties with its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

IS attacks advancing US-backed forces in Syria's east: monitor

Beirut - The Islamic State group launched a deadly counter-offensive on Wednesday to repel US-backed forces advancing on a final jihadist-held pocket of eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Most heavy arms out of planned Syria buffer zone

Beirut - Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels in Syria's last major opposition stronghold have withdrawn most of their heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone ahead of a Wednesday deadline, a monitor said.

Most heavy arms out of planned Syria buffer zone: monitor

Beirut - Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels have withdrawn most heavy weapons from territory around Syria's last major opposition stronghold ahead of a Wednesday deadline, a monitor said.

Jihadists pull heavy weapons from Syria buffer zone as deadline nears

Beirut - Jihadist factions including Syria's former Al-Qaeda branch have withdrawn heavy weapons from parts of a planned buffer zone in Idlib province, a monitor said Monday, two days ahead of a deadline.

Syria rebels say shifting heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

Beirut - Syrian rebels said Saturday they have begun withdrawing heavy arms from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Idlib province, ahead of a deadline to set up the demilitarised area.

Syria rebels, jihadists clash near planned Idlib buffer: monitor

Beirut - Fighting erupted on Friday between Turkey-backed rebels and jihadist hardliners in northwest Syria, a monitor and a resident said, near a planned demilitarisation zone.

Syria families demand regime action to free IS hostages

Beirut - The families of Druze hostages held by the Islamic State group rallied for a third day Friday to demand action by the Syrian government to free them, witnesses said.

As clock ticks, little progress visible on Idlib deal

Beirut - The clock is ticking to implement a Russian-Turkish deal for the Syrian rebel region of Idlib, but its terms remain hazy and little has changed on the ground.

Confusion among Syria rebels as Idlib deadline nears

Beirut - With a deadline for establishing a demilitarised zone around Syria's Idlib inching closer, confusion and apprehension is rife among Turkish-backed rebels who fear it will cost them their last stronghold.

Syria rebels deny withdrawing arms from north under deal

Beirut - Syrian rebels on Sunday denied pulling any heavy arms out of a major opposition bastion in the north, as the deadline to implement a demilitarisation deal there draws closer.

Pro-Turkey rebels in north Syria 'begin withdrawing' under deal

Beirut - Pro-Turkey rebels began Sunday withdrawing from areas in northern Syria under a deal brokered by Ankara and Moscow to avert a large-scale military assault on the country's last major opposition stronghold, a monitor said.

Syria rebel faction rejects Idlib deal

Beirut - A formerly US-backed Syrian rebel group on Saturday rejected a deal between Russia and Turkey to avert a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province.

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists

Beirut - A Russia-Turkey deal may have stopped a regime assault on Syria's Idlib for now, but analysts are sceptical that rebel backer Ankara can impose it on the jihadists who dominate the area.
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