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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.

News corps ask Syrian rebels to halt kidnap of journalists

New York - The Syrian war has dragged on for more than two years with both sides, the rebels and the Assad regime, blaming each other. Journalists reporting from the area face an increasingly hostile environment and kidnappings by rebel forces are on the increase.

Deadly blast hits Central Damascus; 7 killed, 50 injured

Damascus - A deadly blast hit Hijaz square in central Damascus. According to Syria's state news agency SANA, the blast killed eight and injured 50 others in the Syrian capital.

Syrian army lay full siege on eastern Damascus suburbs

The Syrian army has closed the last remaining smuggling routes into the region of Ghouta, located just to the east of Damascus.

Clashes follow suicide bomb attack in Damascus

Following the blowing up of an army checkpoint by Syrian rebels in Damascus thirty people following the blast and subsequent clashes.

Syrian army captures town near Damascus

The Syrian army, assisted by Shiite militia fighters from Iraq and Lebanon, have managed to recapture a town located just south of the capital.

Over 1,000 dead in chemical weapons attack near Damascus

Damascus - A nerve gas attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel-held areas reportedly killed more than 1,000 people, according to reports.

Assad says he can crush Syrian rebellion with iron fist

Damascus - More than two years into Syria’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad proclaimed that he has the ability to crush the Syria rebellion with an iron fist, according to reports.

Syrian troops push into Damascus rebel held district

Syrian troops advanced into a rebel held district on the edges of Damascus today as they pushed on with an offensive looking to reclaim areas near the capitol.

Syrian military fighting rebels around Damascus

Backed by their Hezbollah allies the Syrian military is fighting to secure a Damascus suburb which is also home to a revered Shiite shrine.

Massive explosion shakes Damascus

The Syrian capital has been hit by another explosion. This one appears to have struck the western Mezzeh suburb of the city.

Syrian jet fighters strafe rebel areas in Damascus

Syrian Air Force warplanes have unleashed munitions on districts in Damascus where rebel forces are present. This comes amidst continued shelling of other irregular forces in Homs, Aleppo and Deir Ezzor.

Suicide bombing hits Damascus with at least 14 killed

Damascus - At least two suicide bombers struck central Damascus leaving up to 14 dead. According to reports, one of the suicide bombers blew himself up from inside a police station.

Syria: A declaration of war, Israel deploys Iron Dome in north

Jerusalem - After Israel carried out attacks close to Damascus last night, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad warns that Israeli airstrikes are a “declaration of war.” Israel has deployed two Iron Dome missile defense batteries in the north.

Op-Ed: Syria claims Israeli rockets cause huge explosions in Damascus

Damascus - According to Syrian state television there have been a series of large explosions in Damascus caused by Israeli rocket strikes.

Syrian PM Wael al-Halqi survives assassination in Damascus

Damascus - Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi survived an assassination attempt in Damascus this morning in which at least six people were killed by a bomb aimed at Wael al-Halki's convoy in the capital's Mezze district.

Over a dozen killed in mortar attack against Damascus university

Damascus - At least fifteen people were killed, with up to twenty wounded, when mortar shells were fired by Syrian rebels striking a Damascus university.

Syrian cleric killed in Damascus suicide bombing

Damascus - One of Syria's top Sunni authorities was killed today in a suicide bomb blast that struck a Damascus mosque according to Syrian news sources.

Rumours of mass-military draft panics residents of Damascus

Following a proclamation that it was a "sacred duty" for Syrians to join the Syrian army and fight on the side of Assad rumors abound in Damascus that there would be mass military conscription.

Op-Ed: The Rights of World Heritage Sites

With the threat of destruction at the hands of dictators and fundamentalists do the nations of the world have a right and an obligation to protect United Nations World Heritage sites?

Op-Ed: Another annum for Assad?

Syria's President-for-life Bashar al-Assad may cling to power for a longer period than is being anticipated and speculated.

Syrian civil war closes in on Assad, official reportedly defects

Damas - As the fighting increases in Syria , with 29 dead in Damascus following a mortar attack, reports are emerging that Syria's foreign ministry's spokesman is defecting to the U.S.

Op-Ed: Don't Forget Syria

With the ferocious exchanges between the Israeli armed forces and Hamas in Gaza, the equally murderous civil war in Syria seems to have been shifted backstage.

Video: 'I'm not Western puppet — I live and die in Syria' — Assad

Damascus - RT News recently held an exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus, and asked his views on the current conflict in Syria.

Syrian flight from Moscow to Damascus intercepted by F16s (video)

Ankara - Turkish F-16 fighter jets intercepted a civilian flight from Moscow to Damascus on Thursday. Now an amateur video made by passengers has been released, showing balaclava-clad Turkish soldiers entering the plane.

Eyewitness account of war crimes in Syrian conflict Special

Damascus - Approximately 3 weeks ago I began talking to a man filming the aftermath of a Syrian military strike on the city of Douma, posting it on a live video stream website. Known only by his screen name, "syriastruggle", I have continued communicating with him.
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Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Members of the Free Syrian Army.
Voice of America
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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.
Bernard Gagnon
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Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as they gather in al-Jarba area near the fifth bridge ...
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.
With permission by Reuters / Msallam Abd Albaset
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A protest in Damascus  Syria
A protest in Damascus, Syria
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A protest in Damscus  Syria
A protest in Damscus, Syria
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I child cleans debris off the roof of his home after Syrian military launched an attack on a neighbo...
I child cleans debris off the roof of his home after Syrian military launched an attack on a neighborhood in Damascus.
syriastruggle
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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
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Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment in Damascus.
Bullet holes can bee seen in the side of this apartment 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.
Voice of America
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File photo: Free Syrian Army fighters stand near a pick-up truck mounted with an anti-aircraft weapo...
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
With permission by Reuters / Msallam Abd Albaset
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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.
Video screen capture of Syrian Islamists throwing a man out of a third storey window.
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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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A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he peeks out from a balcony in the Harasta area in ea...
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
With permission by Reuters/William Ismail
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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
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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
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