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With capital 'secure', Syrians breathe sigh of relief

Damascus - Outside Syria's famed Umayyad Mosque, Ibrahim Mehrez snapped a cellphone picture of his friends and posted it to Instagram, typing out an exultant caption: "Damascus is safe. Syria's alright".

Syria says capital 'completely secure', IS ousted

Damascus - Syria's army said Monday it was in full control of the capital Damascus and its outskirts after ousting the Islamic State group, marking a major milestone in the seven-year war.

First IS fighters evacuate south Damascus: monitor

Beirut - A first batch of Islamic State group fighters left their final stronghold in Syria's capital early Sunday under a deal struck after weeks of fierce combat, a monitor said.

Syria fight against IS in Damascus stalls, dozens dead: monitor

Beirut - At least 86 pro-regime fighters were killed in Syria over the past week in battles against the Islamic State group as regime forces push to clear jihadists from their last stronghold in Damascus, a monitor said Saturday.

Deal agreed to evacuate Syria's Yarmuk refugee camp: state media

Damascus - A deal has been reached for the evacuation of the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk where Islamic State group fighters have been holed up in southern Damascus, state media reported Sunday.

Syria regime bombardment kills 17 civilians in south Damascus: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime air strikes and shelling killed 17 civilians including seven children on Friday in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in southern Damascus, a Britain-based monitor said.

Assad supporters rally in Damascus after Western strikes

- Thousands of Syrians gathered Monday in Damascus in defiance of Western strikes on the country and to celebrate the regime reconquering a former rebel bastion outside the capital.

Waking to blasts, Damascus residents defiant after Western strikes

Damascus - Hours before dawn, a string of powerful blasts jolted awake residents of the Syrian capital. Emerging onto their balconies, they watched Western strikes light up the sky over Damascus.

Syria rebels prepare to quit penultimate pocket of Ghouta

Harasta - Syrian rebels and civilians gathered in rubble-strewn streets early on Saturday, awaiting evacuation from the penultimate opposition-held pocket of Eastern Ghouta.

Grief and stitches at Damascus hospital after rocket attack

Damascus - Inside a hospital in Syria's capital, Ilham slaps her head in grief after her daughter stepped out to buy her a Mother's Day present but never came back.

IS kills 36 Syria troops in surprise attack on Damascus: monitor

Beirut - A monitor said Tuesday three dozen pro-government fighters were killed in a district of Syria's capital as Islamic State jihadists took control of it in a surprise nighttime attack.

Delegation from Syria rebel enclave mulls evacuation deal

- A delegation from Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta was on Sunday considering a partial evacuation deal to halt a fierce government offensive, a negotiator and monitor told AFP.

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians: monitor

Birut - At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.

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.

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.

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.

Deadly strike hits Syria rebel town despite truce: monitor

Birut - An air strike killed eight civilians late Monday in a rebel-held town east of Damascus where a truce was supposed to have taken effect at the weekend, a monitor said.

Syria regime nears total recapture of Damascus

Birut - Syria's regime is close to cementing its control over the entire capital under local deals with rebels after a six-year war that has ravaged suburbs of Damascus and caused population displacements.

2,200 evacuate rebel-held Damascus district

Damascus - More than 2,200 civilians and rebels evacuated an opposition district in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, bringing the government closer to cementing its control over the Syrian capital.

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district  

Damascus - Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital.

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district  

Damascus - Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital.

First evacuations from Damascus rebel district  

Damascus - Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital.

40 dead in rebel-jihadist clashes near Damascus: monitor

Birut - Fierce clashes between jihadists and Islamist rebels near Damascus left at least 40 dead and 70 wounded on Friday, a monitoring group said.

Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport: Syria state media

Damascus - A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a "military position", Syria's state SANA news agency reported.

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles Thursday at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion and prompting a call from regime ally Russia for restraint.

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles Thursday at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion and prompting a call from regime ally Russia for restraint.

Syria accuses Israel of strike near Damascus airport

Damascus - Syria accused Israel of firing several missiles Thursday at a military position near Damascus airport, triggering a huge explosion and prompting a call from regime ally Russia for restraint.

'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor

Birut - A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. The blast was outside the airport itself.

'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor

Birut - A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. The blast was outside the airport itself.

'Huge' explosion near Damascus Airport: monitor

Birut - A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. The blast was outside the airport itself.
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I child cleans debris off the roof of his home after Syrian military launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
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Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
Free Syrian Army rebels chant slogans against President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus.
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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they gather in al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge area on Damascus International Airport Road November 24, 2013.
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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
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A protest in Damscus, Syria
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Anti regime graffiti being sprayed in the Syrian city of Daraa early on in the Syrian uprising.
Anti regime graffiti being sprayed in the Syrian city of Daraa early on in the Syrian uprising.
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Video screen capture of Syrian Islamists throwing a man out of a third storey window.
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Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
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Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment in Damascus.
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A protest in Damascus, Syria
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File photo: Free Syrian Army fighters stand near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapon at al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge area on Damascus International Airport Road
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Al-Hamidiyah Souq the largest and the central souk (market) in Syria.
Al-Hamidiyah Souq the largest and the central souk (market) in Syria.
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A mortar attack in a Damascus neighborhood left this hole in the ceiling of a make shift school clas...
A mortar attack in a Damascus neighborhood left this hole in the ceiling of a make shift school classroom.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists  who were killed during what ac...
People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
With permission by Reuters / Bassam Khabieh