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Russia planes pound Aleppo as Syria army closes in

Aleppo - Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded rebel-held areas of divided second city Aleppo on Saturday as government forces closed in on the rebels' sole remaining supply line, a monitoring group said.

US-backed Syria fighters edge into IS border hub

Aleppo - US-backed fighters edged further into the Islamic State group stronghold of Manbij on Saturday, threatening a key stop on the jihadists' lifeline from Turkey to their "caliphate" in Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

IS snipers, car bombs await U.S.-backed fighters in Syria's Manbij

Sham - As a knot of US-backed Syrian fighters advanced gingerly into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, the crack of a jihadist sniper round forced them to take cover behind a bullet-riddled wall.

Syria's Assad names new prime minister

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday named electricity minister Imad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country.Assad tasked Khamis with forming a new government, the official news agency SANA reported.

Islamic State counter-attacks regain some ground in Syria

Damascus - The recent US-backed offensive against the IS-held strategic city of Manbij was reported as having reached the edge of the city. However on the morning of June 20, the offensive suffered a serious setback.

UN marks refugee day in Syria, from where millions have fled

Damascus - United Nations agencies marked World Refugee Day on Sunday in Syria, a country from which millions have fled a five-year civil war.Some refugees from other countries have decided to stay in Syria despite the devastating conflict.

Dozens protest rising fuel prices in Syria capital

Damascus - Dozens of protesters gathered in Damascus on Sunday for a rare demonstration in front of Syria's parliament against a 40 percent hike in fuel prices announced last week.

Russian defence chief, Assad coordinate on 'anti-terrorist fight'

Damascus - Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu met in Damascus on Saturday with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss anti-terrorist "cooperation" in Syria's conflict, a bone of contention between Moscow and Washington.

Dodging mines, sniper fire near the IS frontline

- Slumped against a tree trunk in northern Syria, the bullet-riddled body of an Islamic State group fighter still wears a suicide belt he did not have time to detonate.

Barrel bombs in Syria's Aleppo threaten new truce

Aleppo - Barrel bombs and air strikes hit Syria's Aleppo on Thursday hours after a temporary truce announced by regime ally Russia came into effect in the northern war-torn city.

Siege of IS bastion in north Syria traps thousands

Sham - Thousands of civilians were under siege Saturday in an Islamic State group stronghold surrounded by US-backed forces in northern Syria, as the jihadists claimed deadly attacks on a Damascus shrine.

Food aid enters Syria's besieged Daraya for first time since 2012: Red Crescent

Damascus - A food aid convoy entered the Syrian town of Daraya on Thursday, the first delivery since the start of a siege there by the Damascus regime in 2012, a Red Crescent official told AFP."Nine lorries are currently being unloaded in Daraya.

Syria's Assad hardens position in address to parliament

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hardened his position on UN-sponsored peace talks in his first address to the newly elected parliament broadcast on state television on Tuesday.

Syria regime raids on Aleppo kill 16 civilians

Aleppo - Dozens of Syrian regime strikes on Aleppo killed at least 16 civilians on Sunday, a monitor said, and caused huge damage to one rebel-held district targeted by a barrel bomb.

US-backed fighters close in on IS Syria bastion

- US-backed fighters have advanced to within five kilometres (three miles) of the Islamic State group's stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, threatening a crucial jihadist supply line.

Syria regime kills dozens in raids, agrees aid convoys

Aleppo - Syria's regime killed dozens of civilians with air strikes in and around Aleppo city on Friday, even as it agreed to allow access for ground convoys to deliver aid to 12 besieged areas.

Regime raids kill dozens in Aleppo, UN to meet on airdrops

Aleppo - Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby areas Friday as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas.

An old disease has reared its ugly head, and it's spreading

Cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease once contained to areas around Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, has now been given new life thanks to the ongoing conflict in the region, reaching catastrophic proportions.

More than 280,000 dead in Syria war, monitor says in new toll

Damas - Syria's devastating war has killed more than 280,000 people, a monitoring group said on Thursday in a new toll for the five-year conflict.

Bombs kill 8 in northeast Syria as U.S. commander visits

Kamishli - Bombings suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State group killed at least eight people in northeastern Syria hours after a top US commander visited, security forces said Sunday.
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