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Suicide bombers 'kill 20' outside Syria shrine

Birut - Suicide bombers struck outside a Shiite shrine near Syria's capital Saturday, leaving at least 20 people dead, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Syria rebels give truce brokers 48 hours to end regime assault

Birut - Rebel groups Sunday set a 48-hour deadline for the US and Russian sponsors of a February ceasefire in Syria's conflict to halt a regime offensive in the Damascus region.

Syria rebel clashes 'leave 52 dead' in Eastern Ghouta

Birut - At least 50 fighters and two civilians were killed Tuesday in clashes between rival anti-regime groups east of Syria's capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

22 air strikes near Syria capital as fighting 'freeze' ends

Birut - At least 22 air strikes pounded a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital on Wednesday after a local freeze on fighting expired overnight, a monitoring group said.

Blaze engulfs shops in Syria's historic Old Damascus

Damascus - Syrian firefighters on Saturday worked to contain a fire that engulfed dozens of shops in the Asruniyeh market of Old Damascus, a UNESCO world heritage site.The market is adjacent to the famed Al-Hamidiyeh souk in one of the world's oldest cities.

U.S. 'appalled' by Syria regime strikes that killed more than 30

Washington - The United States said it was "appalled" by Syrian government air strikes Thursday that killed more than 30 people -- including children -- in a key rebel bastion east of the capital of Damascus.

Syria's army reports retaking ancient Palmyra from militants

Beirut - Reports from Lebanon say regular Syrian Army forces have driven Islamic State fighters out of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Nine dead in IS car bomb at Damascus police club: Monitor

Birut - A suicide car bombing killed nine people Tuesday at a police officer's club in the Syrian capital, a monitor said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Aid convoy enters regime-besieged town near Damascus: ICRC

Damascus - An aid convoy on Wednesday entered a regime-besieged town near Syria's capital, at a time when the opposition is demanding a lifting of blockades at peace talks in Geneva, the Red Cross announced.

Rocket hits military bus in Syrian capital, wounds 9

Damascus - Nine people were wounded on Sunday in an explosion when a rocket hit a military bus in the Mazzeh residential district of western Damascus, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

31 killed as Syria rebel bastion bombarded: monitor

Birut - At least 31 civilians were killed Sunday in heavy bombardment of a besieged Syrian rebel stronghold east of Damascus that also struck a school, a monitoring group said.

Damascus attacks leave one dead, 30 wounded

Damascus - One person was killed and 30 wounded Saturday in rocket and mortar attacks on two neighbourhoods of the Syrian capital separately blamed on rebels and government forces, state media and a monitor said.

Turkey downing of Russia jet was 'flagrant aggression': Syria

Damascus - Syria denounced Turkey's downing of a Russian jet over its territory Tuesday as a "flagrant aggression against Syrian sovereignty" and a show of support for "terrorists", state media reported.

Temporary ceasefire arranged with rebels in Damascus suburb

Damascus - A 15-day ceasefire could come into effect in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta as early as November 19 according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria rebels using caged captives as 'human shields': Monitor

Birut - A major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as "human shields" in the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor said Sunday.

Russian strikes bring new hope in regime-held Syria

Damascus - Just a few weeks ago, economics student Firas Kiwani was planning to leave his home in the Syrian capital Damascus, convinced there was no future in his war-torn country.

Syrian air raids pound rebel neighbourhoods around Damascus

Damascus - Syrian regime bombing raids struck rebel positions around Damascus on Wednesday in a bid to dislodge insurgents entrenched on the outskirts of the capital, a military source told AFP.

Damascus shelling of Russia embassy an 'act of terror': Lavrov

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday described the shelling of Moscow's embassy in Damascus as an "act of terror" aimed at intimidating those who support Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria.

Rockets hit Russian embassy compound in Damascus during demo

Damascus - Two rockets struck the Russian embassy compound in Damascus on Tuesday sparking panic as several hundred people gathered to express their support for Moscow's air war in Syria, AFP journalists said.

Clashes near Damascus 'kill 80 in six days'

Birut - At least 80 rebels and regime fighters have been killed in six days of clashes northeast of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Sunday.

Syria regime raids 'kill 31 civilians' near Damascus

Birut - At least 31 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes on Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Wednesday, as a barrage of deadly rebel rocket fire hit the capital, a monitor said.

Syria regime raids kill 37 civilians near Damascus: monitor

Damascus - At least 37 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes on Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Wednesday, as a barrage of deadly rebel rocket fire hit the capital, a monitor said.

Syria readies offensive against Islamic State without U.S. help

Damascus - Syria does not expect help from the United States in battling Islamic State insurgents or in retaking the ancient city of Palmyra, officials said Wednesday.

Syria strikes kill 66 after rebel fire on Damascus

Birut - At least 66 people were killed Thursday as Syria's regime pounded a rebel stronghold with air strikes after a barrage of opposition fire hit the capital Damascus, a monitor said.

Blast hits pilgrim bus in Damascus, killing seven

Birut - At least seven people were killed when a blast ripped through a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitoring group said.

Syria troops retake most of key Damascus suburb: NGO

Damascus - Syrian government forces have retaken most of a key Damascus suburb they have been fighting for months to recapture from rebel forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

Assad easily wins reelection in war-divided Syria

Damascus - Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was overwhelmingly re-elected in the first presidential vote since civil war broke out three years ago, state-run television said Wednesday.

Car-bomb and mortar attacks in Syria kill scores of civilians

A deadly car-bombing and mortar attack have killed more than 50 people today in the large Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus.

Mortar fire kills two at Damascus Opera House: state media

Damascus - A mortar attack on the Damascus Opera House killed two people on Sunday, state media reported, as regime forces pressed a campaign against rebels on the Syrian capital's outskirts.

Ceasefire arranged in rebel held suburb of Damascus

Damascus - In another development that will help improve the humanitarian situation in the Syrian civil war, a ceasefire has been arranged between government forces and rebels in an area of Damascus held by rebels.
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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
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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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