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Syria hotline for US and Russia still in use: US

Washington - Russian and US military officials are still using a special hotline to communicate about operations in Syria, a US official said Friday, days after Moscow said it was severing the connection.

Russian warships fire cruise missiles at IS targets in Syria

Moscow - Two Russian warships and a submarine in the Mediterranean have fired missiles at Islamic State group targets in Syria, the defence ministry said Friday.

Macron unveils France's new realpolitik for Syria

Paris - Recalibrating France's long-held policy of insisting that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must step down, President Emmanuel Macron has opted for realpolitik by making the fight against terror the top priority.

In Syria's besieged Douma, Ramadan meals among the ruins

Duma - The scene in Syria's besieged rebel-held town of Douma is almost surreal -- tables laden with food to break the Ramadan fast are surrounded by the crumbling carcasses of bombed-out buildings.

UN chief concerned about possible escalation in Syria

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that the recent downings of a Syrian jet and of an Iranian-made drone could be "very dangerous" and lead to an escalation of the war in Syria.

US-led coalition says Syria strike killed 'top IS cleric'

Birut - The US-led coalition said Tuesday it had killed the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed top cleric in an air strike in May on a Syrian town near the Iraqi border.

US-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

Birut - A US warplane shot down an Iranian-made drone operated by pro-regime forces in Syria early Tuesday, officials said, prompting growing international concern over rising tensions between the two sides.

Fighters from Syria's Raqa battle to oust IS from their hometown

Ak - Khalil al-Hussein fled the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa 18 months ago, but now he is back and fighting to help oust the jihadists from his hometown.

Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Sydney - Australia's military on Tuesday said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces.

America's widening role in Syria's civil war

Washington - The unprecedented US downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield.

Who's who in the Syrian conflict

Birut - Syria's war has spiralled into a complex multi-sided conflict since it began with anti-government protests in March 2011, drawing in regional and international powers including the United States and Russia.

Who's who in the Syrian conflict

Birut - Syria's war has spiralled into a complex multi-sided conflict since it began with anti-government protests in March 2011, drawing in regional and international powers including the United States and Russia.

Who's who in the Syrian conflict

Birut - Syria's war has spiralled into a complex multi-sided conflict since it began with anti-government protests in March 2011, drawing in regional and international powers including the United States and Russia.

Iran sends a message with missile strike in Syria

Tehran - Iran has targeted jihadists in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran, but the strike was also a message to its regional rivals and Washington, experts say.

Fresh Syria talks set for July 10 in Astana

Moscow - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Monday that the next round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana will be held on July 10.

Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed

Birut - Russia on Monday warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet.

Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed

Birut - Russia on Monday warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet.

Russia warns US after Syrian warplane downed

Birut - Russia on Monday warned it would track US-led coalition aircraft in Syria as potential "targets" and halted a military hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian jet.

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit IS targets

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Monday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State group targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.

US shoots down Syria warplane after allies bombed

Damascus - An American fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian warplane that the US-led coalition said attacked its allies in the fight against the Islamic State group in the war-torn country.

Gunfire on Syria aid convoy wounds one: Red Crescent

Damascus - At least one person has been wounded after a convoy seeking to deliver aid to a besieged Syrian rebel-held town came under fire, the local Red Crescent said.

Russia says 180 IS fighters killed in Syria strikes

Moscow - Russia said Saturday that airstrikes carried out this month had killed about 180 Islamic State jihadists in Syria, including two field commanders.

Fresh Syria talks in Geneva slated for July 10

Damas - A fresh round of UN-sponsored Syria peace talks will begin on July 10 in Geneva, the UN envoy said Saturday, amid slim hopes for progress towards ending over six years of bloodshed.

Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence

Stockholm - The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to "thousands", intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack.

Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence

Stockholm - The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to "thousands", intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack.

Sharp rise in violent Islamist extremists in Sweden: intelligence

Stockholm - The number of violent Islamist extremists in Sweden has soared from 200 in 2010 to "thousands", intelligence agency Sapo said Friday, while noting that only a handful were deemed able to carry out a terror attack.

Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss

Baghdad - Discreet in his youth and invisible as the world's most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose through the ranks quietly and patiently to become global jihad's undisputed supremo.

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

Birut - The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State group said Friday it could not confirm the death of the jihadists' leader following reports by the Russia army that he might have been killed.
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