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Syria army retakes Damascus areas from rebels: state news

Damascus - Syrian government troops on Friday recaptured all points taken by rebels in a surprise offensive launched late last week in the east of the capital Damascus, state media said.

Syria rebels launch fresh assault on east Damascus

Damascus - Rebels and jihadists launched a fresh assault on east Damascus on Tuesday, just two days before another round of UN-backed peace talks get underway in Switzerland.

Syria Kurds say will get training from Russian forces

Kamishli - Russia's military will train Kurdish forces in Syria, the militia's spokesman said Monday, in Moscow's first agreement of its kind with the group that controls large parts of the country's north.

Strikes pound east Damascus after rebel assault

Damascus - Syrian government forces clashed with rebels and hammered opposition-held areas of east Damascus on Monday, before calm returned to the capital after a surprise assault.

Hundreds quit last rebel-held district of Syria's Homs

Homs - Nearly 1,500 people, mostly civilians, left the last opposition-held district of Homs on Saturday under a controversial Russian-supervised deal to bring Syria's third city under full government control.

Evacuation of last rebel-held district of Syria's Homs begins

Homs - Hundreds of rebels and civilians began leaving the last opposition-held district of Syria's Homs on Saturday under a controversial deal that will bring the whole city under government control.

Syria says shot down Israeli plane after raids near Palmyra

Damascus - Syria's army said Friday it shot down an Israeli plane that had been carrying out pre-dawn raids on a military target near Palmyra, the famed desert city it recently recaptured from jihadists.

US claims Syria strike, denies hitting mosque where 49 killed

- The US said Friday it carried out an air strike in Syria against an Al-Qaeda meeting but denied hitting a mosque where a monitor said 49 people were killed.

Bombs rock Damascus as war enters seventh year

Damascus - Two suicide bombings hit the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, including an attack at a central courthouse that killed at least 32 people, as the country's war entered its seventh year.

Suicide bomber kills 25 at Damascus courthouse

Damascus - A suicide bomber attacked a courthouse in the centre of the Syrian capital on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and wounding others, state media reported.

In Syria, governors hope for end to 'exile'

Hama - "Welcome to Idlib province!" the Syrian governor proclaims, seated in a converted classroom in Hama city some 90 kilometres (55 miles) from his real office, held by rebels since 2015.

Six years on, Aleppo dares to dream of end to Syria war

Aleppo - When the army recaptured Aleppo in December, Mohammad Baqdul left Beirut and returned with his family to his native city, convinced the end of Syria's six-year war was near.

Turks claim to have killed over 70 Kurds in Syria over a week

A statement by the Turkish military claimed that Turkish troops have killed at least 71 fighters from Kurdish YPG during the past week in Syria. They also claimed that since invading Syria they have killed 425 Kurds.

Twin Damascus bombs kill 46 including many pilgrims

Damascus - Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims on Saturday killed 46 people in Damascus, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital.

Aleppo car lover aims to revive his 'wounded' classics

Aleppo - Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars "wounded" in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Op-Ed: U.S. trying to stop clashes between Turks and Kurds in Syria

American forces have been seen in a convoy near the Syrian city of Manbij. In areas west of the city there have been clashes between the Kurdish-linked Manbij Military Council (MMC) and Turkish troops.

Fight IS, start 'revolution': Why foreigners join Syria Kurds

Kamishli - Captivated by the idea of fighting jihadists, or dedicated to starting a "revolution," foreigners have diverse reasons for joining the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria.

Syrians fleeing IS group wait for safe passage at checkpoints

Sham - At a checkpoint in northern Syria, a weary woman and her husband sit in a truck, surrounded by their belongings, waiting for safe passage away from the Islamic State group.

Syria forces quietly take up buffer between Kurds, Turks

Sham - US-backed Syrian fighters have turned over several villages in the country's north to government forces under a deal to avoid conflict with Turkey, a spokesman told AFP on Tuesday.

Syrian farmers fear IS to flood villages near Euphrates

- Syrian farmers near the Euphrates river are terrified the Islamic State group will literally open the floodgates to defend its stronghold Raqa, drowning their tiny villages in the process.
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