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Syria army, allies capture Mayadeen from IS: state media

Damascus - Syrian troops and allied forces captured the city of Mayadeen from the Islamic State group on Saturday, state media said, in the latest blow to the jihadist group.

Tears in Damascus as Syria misses shot at World Cup

Damascus - Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for its first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

Tears in Damascus as Syria misses shot at World Cup

Damascus - Syrians in Damascus collapsed into tears of disappointment on Tuesday as their war-torn country's hopes of qualifying for a first ever football World Cup were dashed during extra time against Australia.

At least 16 dead as suicide bombings hit Damascus police station

Damascus - A double suicide bomb attack hit a police station in Syria's capital Damascus on Monday, state media said, with a monitor saying at least 16 people were killed.

Cornered in Raqa, IS breathing 'last gasps': coalition commander

- Ousting the last Islamic State group fighters from Raqa will be tough, but the jihadists are breathing their "last gasps" in their Syrian bastion, a senior US-led coalition commander told AFP.

Damascus ready to discuss autonomy for Syria Kurds: minister

Damascus - The Syrian government is ready to discuss autonomy for the country's Kurds, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said, the first time Damascus has openly accepted such a possibility.

Syria's Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraq's Kurds.

Russia touts essential role in Syria's advance against IS

Rasm Hamdawi - As the Islamic State group seems to crumble across Syria, a top Russian commander points to a pulverised tank once used by the jihadists as proof of his country's essential role in their demise.

Russia plays up role as peacemaker, donor in Syria

Homs - At a mobile medical clinic in central Syria's Homs province, a Russian doctor takes an elderly woman's blood pressure. Nearby, his colleague examines a dazed teenager on a gurney.

After helping retake Aleppo, Russia seeks to rebuild it

Aleppo - Flicking through before-and-after photos of Aleppo's Umayyad mosque on his phone, the city's mufti Mahmoud Akkam said he initially wanted the celebrated landmark to be restored by fellow Syrians.

Syria army breaks IS siege on Deir Ezzor air base: state media

Damascus - Syrian troops Saturday broke the Islamic State group's siege of the eastern Deir Ezzor military airport, state media reported, days after ending another siege on residential districts of the city.

Syria army breaks years-long siege of Deir Ezzor airbase

Damascus - Syrian troops broke the Islamic State group's siege of Deir Ezzor military airport Saturday, dealing a fresh blow to the jihadists who also face a new offensive from US-backed fighters elsewhere in the province.

US-backed Syria force launches new anti-IS assault in Deir Ezzor

- US-backed fighters launched a new offensive on Saturday to oust the Islamic State group from swathes of Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, a top commander announced.

Civilians fleeing Syria's Raqa find shelter in ruined town

- The war-ravaged homes are littered with mines and lack running water or even doors, but they are the only option for some Syrians escaping even worse conditions under the Islamic State group.

Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons

Damascus - Syria's army accused Israeli warplanes of hitting one of its positions Thursday, killing two people in an attack that a monitor said targeted a site where the regime allegedly produces chemical weapons.

Syria army says Israeli strikes hit military facility in west

Damascus - Syria's army said Israeli air strikes on Thursday killed two people at a military facility in the country's west, a zone where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons.

Syria army breaks IS siege on Deir Ezzor: state media

Damascus - Syria's army broke a years-long Islamic State group siege on the government enclave of Deir Ezzor city on Tuesday, entering into a military base, state media said.

Syria refugees in Turkey make rare trip home for Eid

Idlib - Syrian refugee Mohamed Hajj Steifi hasn't been home for a year, but this week he made the trip across the Turkish border to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqa Old City from IS

- US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Raqa's Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion's well-defended and densely populated heart.

Injuries as rocket hits near Damascus business fair: state TV

Damascus - Rocket fire injured several people Sunday near the entrance to the Damascus International Fair, a key business gathering being held for the first time in five years, Syrian television said.
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