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Civilians in eastern Syria flee IS conscription

- The Islamic State group order that prompted Mahmud al-Ali to flee his town was simple: "All young men aged 20 to 30 years old must enlist to fight throughout Syria.

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Idlib - On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year.

Besieged Syria town swaps meat for mushrooms

Duma - In a humid room in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, Abu Nabil inspects the pearly white mushrooms sprouting from white sacks hanging from a ceiling.

Syria's traditional oud-making on the decline

Damascus - Antoun Tawil, one of Syria's last traditional lute makers, waits in vain in his Damascus workshop for orders of the oud, an instrument his country was once renowned for producing.

Syria national basketball team hoops against the odds

Damascus - Khalil Khoury dribbles a basketball deftly down the dilapidated gym where he and the rest of the Syrian national team train, passing it through his legs before a silky-smooth lay-up.

Deadly strike hits Syria rebel town despite truce

Harasta - An air strike killed eight civilians, half of them children, and wounded dozens more late Monday in a rebel-held region near the Syrian capital where a fragile truce was declared at the weekend.

Syria announces truce in one of rebels' last Damascus bastions

Damascus - Syria on Saturday announced a ceasefire in one of the last rebel strongholds near Damascus after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on a safe zone for the besieged opposition enclave.

Syria army announces halt in fighting in parts of Ghouta

Damascus - Syria's army announced Saturday a halt in fighting in parts of Eastern Ghouta after rebels and regime ally Russia agreed on how a safe zone will function for the besieged opposition enclave.

'Like a dream': bombed-out cafe reopens in Aleppo's Armenian quarter

Aleppo - Taline Menassian still trembles when she steps into the Aleppo Armenian Society's open-air cafe, shaken by memories of the rockets that once rained down on the Syrian city's front line.

In east Aleppo, industrial zones emerge from the rubble

Aleppo - In a formerly rebel-held district of Syria's Aleppo, factory owner Karam allows himself a small smile as he watches his machines back in action, churning out plastic goods.

For families fleeing IS, a waystation in Aleppo

Aleppo - Syrian escapees from the Islamic State group languished for hours on the sizzling concrete pavements at Aleppo's main bus station, their faces gaunt and eyes rimmed by dark circles.

Syria warns of allied response in case of US attack

Damascus - The Syrian government on Monday warned that any new attack by Washington on the war-ravaged country would provoke an even stronger reaction by Damascus and its allies.

Syrian army declares unilateral fighting freeze in south

Damascus - The Syrian army on Monday unilaterally announced a halt to fighting in the country's south that would coincide with a new round of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana.

New Syrian pound features Assad for first time

Damascus - The Syrian Central Bank has released the war-ravaged country's largest currency note yet, featuring the face of President Bashar al-Assad for the first time.

Turks and rebel allies planning offensive against Kurds in Syria

About 20,000 members of the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) along with Turkish troops who support them are reported to be massing for a new military operation in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria.

Damascus bomber kills 18 after car chase

Damascus - A suicide car bomber pursued by security forces blew himself up in eastern Damascus on Sunday, with a monitor reporting 18 killed in the deadliest attack to hit the Syrian capital in months.

Suicide bombing hits Damascus, deaths reported: state TV

Damascus - Several people were killed and others wounded on Sunday when a suicide bombing struck an eastern district of Damascus, Syrian state television reported.

Op-Ed: U.S. Defense Minister claims warning to Syria's Assad worked

Washington - A White House warning that the Assad government was making potential preparations for a chemical attack in Syria had worked to stop a chemical attack according to U.S. national security officials.

Syrian Kurds will not be required to return US weapons for now

Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, said that the US will continue to provide weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria even after the Islamic State has been ousted from its last main stronghold in Syria Raqqa.

Op-Ed: US warns that Assad may be planning a chemical attack in Syria

Washington - The US White House said on Monday that US intelligence had observed potential preparations for a similar attack similar to those observed prior to an attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhhoun last April blamed on Assad.
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