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Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

Moscow - Russia's defence minister said Saturday that almost 88,000 rebels had been killed in Syria in the three years since Moscow's intervention to back government forces.

IS frees six Syria Druze women, children after three-month ordeal

Beirut - The Islamic State group has released two women and four children among 27 surviving Druze hostages it seized during a deadly July attack on the minority community's heartland in southern Syria.

Turkey to host four-way Syria summit Oct 27 in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit on the Syria conflict with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France on October 27 in Istanbul, his spokesman said Friday, the first such gathering with key EU leaders.

Turkey to host four-way Syria summit Oct 27 in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit on the Syria conflict with the leaders of Russia, Germany and France on October 27 in Istanbul, his spokesman said Friday.

Outside Raqa, displaced Syrians brace for winter in tents

Ak - As dust whips up around them, families from Syria's Raqa ready their tents for the coming winter, still homeless a year after the Islamic State group was expelled from their city.

One year after IS 'defeat', Syria's Raqa still in fear

Ak - A year after a US-backed alliance of Syrian fighters drove the Islamic State group from the northern city of Raqa, traumatised civilians still live in fear of near-daily bombings.

UN to deliver aid to Syrians trapped near Jordan border

Damascus - The UN said Wednesday it was organising a joint aid convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to tens of thousands of Syrians stranded in the desert near the Jordanian border.

The UN in Syria: years of failed peace efforts

Beirut - Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday he will resign as UN envoy to Syria, becoming the third person to quit the post after years of fruitless efforts to end the country's war.

The UN in Syria: years of failed peace efforts

Beirut - Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday he will resign as UN envoy to Syria, becoming the third person to quit the post after years of fruitless efforts to end the country's war.

US envoy says Idlib deal 'freezes' Syria conflict

Ankara - A Russian-Turkish deal for a buffer zone around Syria's last rebel stronghold was a "major step" that has "frozen" the country's devastating seven-year war, a US envoy said Wednesday.

UN Syria envoy to step down

New York - The United Nations envoy for Syria announced on Wednesday he will step down at the end of November after more than four years in the key post as UN efforts to end the seven-year war show no sign of a breakthrough.

Retaken but not rebuilt: Syria's Raqa a year after IS ouster

Ak - All day, dinghies cross the Euphrates River to shuttle residents into the pulverised cityscape of Syria's Raqa, where bridges, homes, and schools remain gutted by the offensive against the Islamic State group.

Foreign fighters still joining IS in Syria: US general

Washington - Foreign fighters continue to flow into Syria to join the Islamic State group despite its forces being largely decimated, Pentagon Joint Chiefs chairman Joe Dunford said Tuesday.

Moscow, Ankara say Syria buffer going ahead despite missed deadline

Beirut - Russia and Turkey said Tuesday their deal to set up a buffer zone for the last major Syrian rebel bastion of Idlib was still on course, despite jihadists missing a deadline to withdraw.

Syrians search for IS captives a year after caliphate crumbles

Ak - When the Islamic State group lost its Syrian bastion Raqa last year, Amani hoped to finally uncover what happened to her husband who had vanished in the jihadists' prisons.

Syria reopens two border crossings, but many escape regime control

Birut - Two border crossings in Syria's south reopened on Monday, after the government's capture of the entire frontier there allowed for the gates to be opened for the first time in years.

Syria, Iraq say joint border crossing to re-open soon

Damascus - A border crossing between Syria and Iraq is to re-open soon, Damascus and Baghdad's top diplomats said Monday, hours after other Syrian frontier posts reopened with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan.

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-held Golan reopens

Katzrin - The sole crossing point between Syria and Israeli-controlled territory reopened Monday after a four-year hiatus, as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime bolsters its control in the wake of sweeping advances against rebels.

Year after IS lost Syria's Raqa, holdout hospital awaits recovery

Ak - Shattered ultrasound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways of Raqa's main hospital, still gutted a year after the Islamic State group made its infamous last stand in its Syrian heartland.

Syria's Idlib buffer zone hangs in balance

Beirut - A horseshoe-shaped demilitarised zone around Syria's opposition stronghold of Idlib is aimed at averting a massive government assault on the area, but its implementation has been riddled with challenges.

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without jihadists leaving

Beirut - A deadline passed Monday without jihadists leaving a planned buffer zone around Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib as set out under a Russian-Turkish deal.

New Syria law expands state regulation of religious affairs

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has signed into law a new bill expanding the powers of a government ministry overseeing religious affairs and limiting the term of the country's top Muslim cleric.

Hundreds taken by IS from displacement camp in east Syria: monitor

Beirut - Hundreds of people were taken by Islamic State group fighters from a displacement camp in east Syria during a jihadist counterattack against advancing US-backed forces, a monitor said Saturday.

Golan crossing point to reopen Monday: US

New York - The United Nations, Israel and Syria reached an agreement to reopen the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on Monday, the United States announced Friday, urging the two Middle East countries to facilitate the work of peacekeepers in the zone.

Aid groups worried as deadline looms for Syria's Idlib

Beirut - Aid agencies on Friday warned of dire humanitarian consequences if a Russia-Turkey deal to avert a regime assault on Syria's last major rebel stronghold was not fully implemented within days.

Syria army warns Idlib residents as deadline looms

Idlib - Syria's army Friday warned residents of the country's last major rebel bastion to stay away from jihadists, who have yet to withdraw from a buffer zone ahead of a looming deadline.

Bulldozers scoop slow way to recovery in Syria's Yarmuk

Midan - Not far from where he used to live, Palestinian engineer Mahmud Khaled watched as bulldozers rumbled back and forth scooping up smashed concrete from the devastated streets of Syria's Yarmuk.

Fear grips Syria city seized from Kurds by Turkish-backed rebels

- From kidnappings for ransom to armed robberies and torture: residents of Syria's Afrin region say they are suffering a litany of abuses at the hands of Turkish-backed rebels.

Kurdish, Iraqi forces arrest IS financiers: coalition

Washington - Ten members of a key financial network for the Islamic State network have been arrested in Iraq, the US-led coalition fighting the jihadists announced Thursday.

Syria Kurds say they hold 900 foreign IS fighters

Kamishli - Syrian Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State group hold around 900 of the organisation's foreign jihadists, a spokesman said on Thursday, a sharp increase from a previous figure.
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Destruction in Azaz, Syria from government forces air strike.
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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Violence continues to sweep across Aleppo.
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A Foreign Policy map showing potential targets in Syria for U.S. cruise missiles
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A picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency on September 12, 2015 shows a Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid being unloaded on the tarmac of the Martyr Bassil al-Assad international airport in Latakia, Syria
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DANGEROUS: Protesters in Paris last August demand the release of Kurds and Yazidis captured by Islamic State radicals in Iraq and Syria.
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013
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