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40 killed in deadliest Israeli strikes on Syria since 2018: monitor

Beirut - Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least nine Syrian soldiers and 31 allied fighters, in the deadliest raids since 2018, a war monitor said Wednesday.

Israeli strikes on Syria kill 23: monitor

Beirut - Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least seven Syrian soldiers and 16 allied fighters, in the deadliest raids this year, a war monitor said Wednesday.

Syria's regime auctions off land of the displaced

Beirut - Many Syrians forced from their homes by their country's brutal, decade-old war are now shocked to discover that their family farms have been taken over by regime loyalists and cronies.

Struggling Syria farmers turn to tropical fern for fodder

To dodge skyrocketing prices for animal fodder in Syria's last major rebel bastion, farmer Ayman Ibrahim has turned to an aquatic fern used as a fertiliser in Asian rice paddies.

Syria declarations on chemical arms lacking: UN, watchdog

New York - UN officials and a global watchdog on Friday criticized incomplete declarations from Syria on chemical weapons while its ally Russia sought to push back against the accusations.

Germany to allow deportations of 'suspect' Syrians

Berlin - Germany said Friday it would allow deportation of Syrians to their war-ravaged homeland from 2021 if they are deemed a security risk, five years after a massive refugee influx.

Syria war deaths reach 387,000 in slowest annual increase: monitor

Beirut - The overall death toll for Syria's civil war has crept up to 387,000 following the least deadly of 10 years of conflict, a monitor said Wednesday.

Jihadism in Spain: a silent but real threat

Madrid - Europe's latest jihadist attacks may have targeted France and Austria, but Spain, like the rest of the continent, remains within the sights of extremists and the threat level is still "severe", experts say.

Forgotten Syrians need winter help, says author Gaiman

Paris - The world can't forget the plight of Syrian refugees this winter despite the global upheaval caused by Covid-19, fantasy author Neil Gaiman said on Tuesday as he helped launch the UN refugee programme's cold weather appeal.

Syria graduate doctors set to battle Covid in rebel hub

Kilis - Mohammed Mostafa al-Mohammed started studying medicine in rebel-held northern Syria to help the victims of war, but instead he has graduated into a world battling the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Spirit of revolt lives on in Syria's exiles

Paris - They may be scarred, but nothing, not even torture, bombing or exile, could break them.

Wounded photographer says Paris protest brought back Syria memories

Paris - An award-winning Syrian photojournalist wounded in a Paris protest against police brutality said Sunday he had suffered a "heavy shock" and the experience had reawoken memories from the civil war in his home country.

Hundreds of Syrians exit Lebanese town over tensions: UN

Tripoli - At least 270 Syrian families have left a north Lebanon town, as hostility towards them mounted over a murder allegedly committed by a Syrian national, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Bombings, minefield kill 29 in pro-Turkey north Syria

Beirut - Twenty-nine people were killed Tuesday by explosives in three separate incidents in parts of north Syria along the border with Turkey, a war monitor said.

UK Supreme Court to hear case over 'IS bride' return

London - Britain's Supreme Court will on Monday hear the case of a woman stripped of her UK citizenship after joining the Islamic State in Syria, who wants to return to appeal the ruling.

Syria's Assad: Lone survivor of Arab Spring

Beirut - When the Arab revolts that were sweeping the region and toppling autocrats like dominoes reached Syria, Bashar al-Assad's days at the helm looked numbered.

Pompeo says will make unprecedented visit to Israeli-occupied Golan

Jerusalem - Mike Pompeo said he will make the first visit by a US secretary of state to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, after labelling the pro-Palestinian BDS movement an anti-Semitic "cancer".

Israel air strikes in Syria kill three troops, hit Iranian targets

Jerusalem - Israel launched air strikes on Syria Wednesday, killing three troops and hitting Iranian targets in what the Israeli army called a retaliatory attack after it found explosive devices along its northern border.

Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem dies

Damascus - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a stalwart of Bashar al-Assad's regime who held his job through a decade of conflict and several reshuffles, died Monday at the age of 79.

'One team': disabled duo help each other in war-torn Syria

Damascus - One is deaf and mute, the other is paralysed from the waist down; but together, Ahmad and Bader form a duo equipped to handle life in war-torn Syria.

'In our hearts': radio keeps Syria refugees in Iraq close to home

- Speaking into a microphone in her modest studio, Sherin Mohammad goes live with the news. But this is no typical radio station: Gardenya FM is run by, and for, Syrian refugees.

Syrian village trains racing dogs despite war and pandemic

Tanriverdi - On his motorbike, Mohammed Derbas speeds across a field in northeast Syria, slender Saluki dogs galloping behind.He hopes to export them for racing in the Gulf, despite war and coronavirus.

Crammed into camps, displaced Syrians fear spread of coronavirus

- Hassan Sweidan is terrified he will catch Covid-19 in the overcrowded displacement camp in northwest Syria he calls home, even more so as medical staff in the region have become sick.

UN envoy sees delay in Syria political process

New York - A UN envoy acknowledged Tuesday that a new meeting aimed at winding down Syria's civil war would not happen as planned this month but voiced hope it would take place in November.

Russia strikes kill 78 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes by Damascus regime ally Russia killed 78 Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria on Monday, a monitor said, in the bloodiest surge in violence since a truce almost eight months ago.

Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle after years of war

Homs - Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij cut away at bushes growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world's most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers.

US drone strike kills 17 jihadists in NW Syria

- The US army said Thursday it carried out a drone strike against Al-Qaeda leaders in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border, killing 17 jihadists, according to a war monitor.

The 'Beatles': IS jihadists with taste for torture

Paris - Their hostages called them the "Beatles" because of their British accents.

Syria rebels sign up to fight for Azeris to feed families

Beirut - Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria's war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan hoping to earn almost 80 times his current salary."I signed up to fight more than a week ago to go to Azerbaijan...

Arabic theatre is cultural lifeline for Sweden's migrants

Stockholm - In a theatre in Stockholm's suburbs, a small crowd gathered to watch three actors, two Syrian and one Swedish, act out the lives of a young migrant couple settling into life in Sweden.
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Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Russian warship at Tartus naval facility some years ago.
Russian warship at Tartus naval facility some years ago.
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Idlib  the last rebel stronghold in Syria
Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in Syria
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Syrian army general Jameh Jameh
Syrian army general Jameh Jameh
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A silent memorial. This rebel fighter was shot by a sniper. They were able to recover his body but h...
A silent memorial. This rebel fighter was shot by a sniper. They were able to recover his body but his boots got left behind. Now they sit in the middle of a very dangerous road as a silent reminder of a life lost.
A young man in Aleppo grilling lamb and chicken at his street stall
A young man in Aleppo grilling lamb and chicken at his street stall
In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network  ENN  Syrians search under rubble to...
In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane in Idlib province, August 30, 2013
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A body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
A body found in a mass grave in Al Qadam is exhumed
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Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile f...
Residents inspect a huge hole in the ground at a site hit by what activists say was a Scud missile from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria
With permission by Reuters / Nour Fourat
Syria: Sheets strung across the road to block the view of snipers  of which there are many.
Syria: Sheets strung across the road to block the view of snipers, of which there are many.
Israel in winter
Israel in winter
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Syria: The Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 11...
Syria: The Crac des Chevaliers was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271
Silvan Rehfeld / UNESCO
An image grab taken from Hezbollah s al-Manar TV on August 25  2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al...
An image grab taken from Hezbollah's al-Manar TV on August 25, 2015 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad answering questions during an interview in Damascus.
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A Syrian girl gives a recital of a very moving poem about her home country.
A Syrian girl gives a recital of a very moving poem about her home country.
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Ahmed Jarba  head of the Syrian National Coalition opposition group  gestures during an interview wi...
Ahmed Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition opposition group, gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bayan Palace in Kuwait December 8, 2013
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A still from a YouTube video reportedly showing Syrian forces beating a rebel soldier
A still from a YouTube video reportedly showing Syrian forces beating a rebel soldier
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