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Turkey-backed Syria rebels seize battleground town from IS

Afrine - Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting.

US-backed fighters advance on IS in Syria's east

- An alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters seized more than a dozen villages in eastern Syria on Tuesday in their drive to encircle the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa.

'Daddy, pick me up!' screams boy after Syria attack

Idlib - In the aftermath of a barrel bomb attack in Syria's Idlib, nine-year-old Abdel Basset Al-Satuf tries to sit up, his legs blown off, and screams "Daddy, pick me up!

Op-Ed: New plan may involve sending regular U.S. ground troops to Syria

Washington - A anonymous defense official told CNN that the U.S. Defense Department might suggest that the U.S. send conventional ground troops to Syria in order to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State there.

UN warns of 'looming catastrophe' in 4 besieged Syria towns

Damascus - The top UN official in Damascus has warned of a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" in four besieged towns in Syria, calling for immediate access to deliver aid to some 60,000 residents.

Damascus ready for prisoner swap with rebels: state media

Damascus - Syria's regime is ready to release detainees in exchange for hostages held by rebels, the official SANA news agency reported Monday, ahead of peace talks in the Kazakh capital. "The government is ready...

Syria says Amnesty report on mass hangings 'completely false'

Damascus - Syria's justice ministry on Wednesday dismissed as "completely false" an Amnesty International report alleging up to 13,000 people were hanged over five years in a Syrian government prison.

Assad says 'defending' Syria more important than any UN tribunal

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that "defending" his country in a time of war was more important than any international tribunal that may be brought against his government later.

For Kurds in Syria, world novels finally speak their language

Kamishli - Abdo Shehu sits in an office in Kurdish-majority Qamishli in northeast Syria, surrounded by copies of the first Western novel available in the city in his own language.

Anti-IS Syria force launches new phase in Raqa campaign

- US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters announced on Saturday a new phase in their campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, but said they needed more weapons to win.

Harsh conditions for Syrians fleeing IS-held Deir Ezzor

Kamishli - Syrians fleeing the Islamic State group in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor are taking dangerous smuggling routes through mined territory to reach safety, but harsh conditions await near the Iraqi border.

In first, US gives anti-IS Syria force armoured SUVs

- The United States has provided Syrian fighters battling the Islamic State group with armoured vehicles for the first time, a US official and a spokesman for the anti-jihadist force said Tuesday.

Syrian family mourns shattered American dream

Damascus - After nearly 24 hours of exhausting travel from war-ravaged Syria, the Abu Assaleh family arrived in Philadelphia, brimming with excitement to begin their new life in the United States.

Syria army enters key water plant near capital: state TV

Damascus - Syria's army on Saturday entered a key water pumping station outside the capital for the first time in four years after a deal with rebels, state television said.

Aleppo traders clear debris from war-scarred souk

Aleppo - In Syria's Aleppo, men throw rubble into the courtyard of a historic inn as merchants gather below to oversee the resurrection of their war-battered shops.

Op-Ed: Trump annoys Russia with pledge of Syrian safe zones

Washington - U.S. president Donald Trump has announced that he will establish "safe zones" within Syria for people fleeing the civil war and terrorism. Earlier statements by Trump suggested he would be less involved in Syria.

Air attacks in Syria and Iraq cost U.S. about $11 billion so far

After two and a half years of fighting the Islamic State through an air war the costs to the United States is huge. So far the total cost is estimated at about $11 billion but this includes only the costs of the military operations not other costs.

IS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Damascus - The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria's ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country's antiquities chief said Friday.

Syria's Assad hopes rebels will disarm after Astana talks

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he hopes rebels attending peace talks next week in Kazakhstan will agree to lay down their arms in exchange for an amnesty deal.

At Syria retirement home, elderly left behind by war

Damascus - Alone in her room at an overcrowded retirement home in Damascus, Naz Ashiti thumbs through photographs of her daughters overseas, her eyes lingering on features she has not seen in years.
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