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Syrian Kurds will not be required to return US weapons for now

Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, said that the US will continue to provide weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syria even after the Islamic State has been ousted from its last main stronghold in Syria Raqqa.

Op-Ed: US warns that Assad may be planning a chemical attack in Syria

Washington - The US White House said on Monday that US intelligence had observed potential preparations for a similar attack similar to those observed prior to an attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhhoun last April blamed on Assad.

U.N. blasts 'staggering' loss of life from U.S. bombing of Raqqa

United Nations human rights investigators on Wednesday condemned the "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by U.S.-led air strikes in and around Raqqa, Syria.

Monitor: U.S.-led coalition killing the most Syrian civilians

For the second straight month, the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State (IS) killed more Syrian civilians than IS, dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces or Russian air strikes, according to a leading monitor group.

106 Syrian civilians — 47 children — die in U.S. air strikes

In what is likely the deadliest incident in the nearly three-year U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, 106 civilians — including 47 children — died in multiple strikes on a town in Deir Ezzor province.

Op-Ed: Turkish airstrikes on Kurds in Iraq and Syria anger U.S.

After Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes against Kurdish allies in Syria and Iraq, US officials expressed deep concern. Turkish warplanes attacked targets both in northern Syria and also near Singar Iraq.

Rebels drive Islamic State militants from large desert area

Large areas of southern Syria near the Jordanian border have been seized by Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups from the Islamic State (IS)

Op-Ed: Turks demand U.S. air support for operation in Syria

The Turks allow the U.S. to launch operations against the Islamic State from an airbase in Incirlik but in return they have of late expected that the U.S. would provide air support for the Turkish military operations inside of Syria.

Trump may end covert CIA support for Syrian rebels

Washington D.c. - In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he was likely to end the U.S. policy of supporting "moderate" rebel groups.

"Cat man" of Aleppo operates sanctuary in besieged city

Aleppo - As thousands of people are fleeing from eastern Aleppo to avoid the fighting many leave their pet cats. Aleppo resident, Mohammed Aljaleel noticed that the number of cats without owners was increasing.

Op-Ed: Were there deliberate attempts to wreck the Syrian peace deal?

The recent ceasefire negotiated by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, created tension between the U.S. Pentagon and the Department of State.

U.S. and Russia increasing cooperation on Syria

Moscow - John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State said on July 15 that Russia and the U.S. had agreed to cooperate in Syria against the Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

Islamic State counter-attacks regain some ground in Syria

Damascus - The recent US-backed offensive against the IS-held strategic city of Manbij was reported as having reached the edge of the city. However on the morning of June 20, the offensive suffered a serious setback.

Iran allegedly sending child soldiers to Syria Special

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims the Iranian government is encouraging Iranian children to join the war effort and to fight to save Bashir Assad's regime in Syria.

U.S. to send 250 more troops to Syria but no mission creep

Washington - Although the Pentagon admits it is sending 250 more troops to Syria, it denies that this represents any mission creep in the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The deployment is said to be needed simply to meet current requirements.

Many different critics of Kurdish vote for autonomy in Syria

Damascus - The Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria have voted to seek autonomy. The vote was to unite three Kurdish-controlled provinces into a federal system. The move could complicate UN-backed peace talks, in which Kurds are not included.

Many civilians killed in mortar attacks in Kurdish area of Aleppo

Aleppo - Attacks by rockets and mortars hit a predominantly Kurdish area in the city of Aleppo, Syria. The area is under the control of the Syrian government of Bashir Assad.

Syrian truce largely holding, allowing delivery of aid

Damascus - The recent cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and the U.S., agreed to by many in the opposition to Assad and the Assad government, is mainly holding, even though both sides complain of violations.

Saudi Arabia prepares for war

The Syrian civil war rages on after five years of intense fighting and has absorbed a wide variety of factions into the conflict, including the Kurds, Islamic State, the Syrian army, the United States and its allies, and Russia.

Op-Ed: Syrian man admirably expressed his gratitude to be an American Special

A Syrian family caught between two worlds tries to build a new life in a strange land, with strange laws and customs, because going home isn't an option.

Over 1 million refugees face freezing winter

More than 1 million refugees face sub-zero temperatures and increased risk of illness on Europe's borders and in the Middle East. Harsh winter conditions will see temperatures fall to -11C in the Balkans.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry optimistic about Syria ceasefire

Vienna - John Kerry, US secretary of state, has given a positive assessment of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between rebels aiming to overthrow Assad and his forces. Kerry claimed a ceasefire could be just weeks away.

Op-Ed: Russia discussing Syria with Saudis

Riyad - A visit to Russia by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is being worked on through diplomatic sources, according to the Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Bashar al-Assad’s Moscow visit upsets United States

Moscow - The United States disapproved Moscow’s "red-carpet welcome” to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and questioned Russia’s intentions about the political transition in Syria.

Op-Ed: U.S. ditches training program for moderate rebels in Syria

Washington - After considerable criticism, the Pentagon has announced it is ending its $500 million program to train and equip vetted moderate Syrian rebels to form a New Syrian Force to fight the Islamic State.

A Rubik’s cube with no solution: The debate over Syria Special

Washington - At the end of September Russia launched its first air strikes against rebel positions in Syria. Did the show of force mean that Putin had outmaneuvered Obama once again or was it a desperate move to shore up the crumbling regime of Bashir Assad?

Op-Ed: Refugees, Totalitarians and the West

The solution to the migrant crises in Europe is not open borders or donations to refugee camps. Instead, oppressors must be removed and there must be a concerted effort help to create tolerant, pluralist societies.

Op-Ed: Obama approves bombing of any forces attacking U.S.-trained rebels

Aleppo - President Barack Obama has authorized the bombing of any forces that attack US-trained rebels. This could include attacks by troops loyal to President Assad of Syria.

U.S. intervention is worsening Syria's conflict and helping ISIS Special

Damascus - U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.

U.S. airstrike kills at least 50 Syrian civilians

A US-led coalition airstrike, most likely American, targeting a headquarters of Islamic State militants in northern Syria has killed at least 50 civilians being held prisoner by the terrorist group.
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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.
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert  wearing a gas mask  holds a plastic bag containing samples from one ...
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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U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas atta...
U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Wash...
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Syria at the U.S. Department of State in Washington
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October 3  2012 - Aleppo  Syria:  A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri...
October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
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Syria: Wounded civilians
Syria: Wounded civilians
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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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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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Syrian rebels
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Syrian children
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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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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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Sigrid Kaag  Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United ...
Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
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A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
A FSA fighter engaged in a shootout in Aleppo
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The docks at the port of Latakia on Syria s Mediterranean coast. Norwegian and Danish ships are expe...
The docks at the port of Latakia on Syria's Mediterranean coast. Norwegian and Danish ships are expected to transport Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia to a port in Italy for processing and making safe aboard a specially adapted American ship.
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Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on ...
Russia's Defence Ministry released images showing an airstrike carried out by its warplanes on an Islamic State facility in the Syrian province of Idlib
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