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Deadly strike hits Syria market as Damascus battles jihadists

Sar - Syrian government air strikes killed 18 civilians, including a dozen people at a busy market, as fierce fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwest, a war monitor said on Wednesday.

Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Idlib - Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern jihadist bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there.

Protests erupt in some Kurd-controlled areas in Syria

The US hopes that the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that is supported by the US will continue to control a large area of Syria.

More than 150,000 displaced in northwest Syria in one week: UN

Idlib - Violence in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib has displaced more than 150,000 people in the past week, the UN said Tuesday, as the regime and Russia upped deadly bombardment of the jihadist bastion.

Syria presidency says Instagram account reactivated

Damascus - The Syrian presidency said Wednesday it had regained access to its official Instagram account a day after it was apparently blocked.

Syrian presidency says Instagram account blocked

Damascus - The Syrian presidency Tuesday said its Instagram account has been blocked, one week after the photo-sharing website shut down the accounts of several Iranian Revolutionary Guards because of US sanctions.

Assad urges progress on Idlib deal ahead of Syria talks

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday called for progress on a stalled buffer zone deal around jihadist-dominated Idlib region ahead of fresh talks aimed at ending his country's eight-year war.

Syria Kurds announce deal for return of 31,000 displaced Iraqis

Kamishli - Syrian Kurds on Thursday announced a deal with Baghdad for 31,000 displaced Iraqis, mostly women and children, to return from camps in northeastern Syria to Iraq.

Venezuela FM says seeking to avoid Syria-style conflict

Damascus - Venezuela's top diplomat said Thursday his government was seeking to avoid a Syria-style civil war during a visit to long-time ally Damascus.

IS 'caliphate' exodus overwhelms east Syria hospitals

- Young children nursing severe facial burns, others suffering from malnutrition -- an exodus of jihadist families and civilians from the Islamic State group's vanquished final enclave is overwhelming eastern Syria's hospitals.

A 'tragic life' for the displaced in Syria's Al-Hol camp

Kamishli - Malnourished children struck down by chronic diarrhoea, mothers too weak to breastfeed -- in northeastern Syria's Al-Hol camp, a humanitarian emergency is unfolding.

As IS 'caliphate' dies, so does hope for the missing

- The demise of the jihadist empire that spirited away his teenage son could have been reason to rejoice but, for Abdelsalam Mohammed, with the fall of Baghouz came a crushing disappointment.

Syria says US Golan move blatant attack on its sovereignty

Damascus - The Syrian government said that Washington's recognition Monday of Israeli claims over the Golan Heights were a blatant attack on its sovereignty.

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after 'caliphate' falls

- Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish spokesman said, a day after their "caliphate" was declared defeated.

Baghouz, where the last black flag came down

- It once flew over a chunk of the Middle East larger than Britain but on Saturday the Islamic State group's sinister black banner lay crumpled in the dust of its final bastion.

IS 'caliphate' totally eliminated: Syria force

- Kurdish-led forces pronounced the death of the Islamic State group's nearly five-year-old "caliphate" Saturday after flushing out diehard jihadists from their very last bastion in eastern Syria.

Renewed US-led air strikes pound IS holdouts

- US-led warplanes bombed the north bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Syria early Friday to flush out holdout jihadists from the last sliver of their crumbling "caliphate".

Syria says Trump Golan U-turn ignores international law

Damascus - The Syrian government on Friday condemned US President Donald Trump's pledge to recognise Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, saying it flies in the face of international law.

US-backed forces press offensive against IS Syria enclave

- US-backed forces pressed an offensive against the Islamic State group in its last redoubt in Syria on Thursday, denying reports the jihadist enclave had fallen.

Italian killed fighting IS in Syria: Kurdish-led force

- An Italian fighting alongside a Kurdish-led force to expel the Islamic State group from its last pocket of territory in eastern Syria has been killed, the force said Tuesday.
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