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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.

UNICEF declares 2014 a 'devastating year' for children

According to a UNICEF statement released on December 8, an estimated 230 million children live in countries and areas affected by armed conflicts.

Op-Ed: Battle with IS for Syrian border city of Kobani intensifies

Damascus - While the Islamic State appears to have suffered significant casualties in the long conflict over the Syrian town Kobani( or Kobane) on the border with Turkey the Kurdish troops in the town appear to be at a disadvantage at present.

Western-backed Syrian rebels surrender to Al-Qaeda group

Damascus - Two of the main moderate rebel groups who had received weapons from the US have surrendered to the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front after defeats in battle.There are reports that Islamic State forces joined the Nusra Front in at least one attack.

Op-Ed: U.S. considering a possible buffer zone between Syria and Turkey

Ankara - The U.S. and the UK say they are willing to look at the possibility of creating a "buffer zone" between Syria and Turkey. Meanwhile the Islamic State is continuing its assault on the border town of Kobane with fighting now taking place within the town .

Op-Ed: Many Islamic State weapons made in the U.S.

Baghdad - Many weapons used by the Islamic State were seized as they captured bases in Iraq from Iraqi forces. However, the group also has US weapons that appear to have been given originally to moderate Syrian rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army.

Islamic State occupies town on Lebanon Syria border

Beirut - Jihadists associated with Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) seized territory inside Lebanon. The rebel group that swore allegiance to the Islamic State set up checkpoints in the town of Arsal.

Op-Ed: Iraq a lose-lose proposition for Obama administration

Baghdad - For President Obama, Iraq is the anti-war horse he rode to victory in 2008. Many political analysts say opposition to the Iraqi war was the club he used to first pound Clinton then Republicans into submission.

Syrian rebels and government agree to ceasefire near Homs

Homs - Activists report that Syrian rebels have negotiated a ceasefire near the city of Homs. The ceasefire came into effect Friday. Earlier negotiations led to rebels giving up Homs while they were transported with weapons to rebel-held areas.

Two militant groups in Syria continue to clash with each other

Damascus - Fighting between rival radical Islamist groups has claimed the lives of 62 militants and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes to avoid the violence.

Ceasefire in Homs allows rebels to retreat with weapons

Homs - While there may be no progress in Syria peace talks there have been local ceasefires from time to time. A new ceasefire deal has been reached between rebel and Syrian commanders.

UN special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi set to resign

New York - Lakhdar Brahimi the UN and Arab League joint special representative on Syria is said to be planning to resign in the near future. He told reporters almost a year ago in New York that he thought about resigning every day.

Op-Ed: Assad's presidential run probably dooms any peace talks

Damascus - The speaker of the Syrian parliament announced on April 28 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would seek a third term in office in an election that is to be held on June 3.

Gun battles between pro and anti-Assad forces break out in Beirut

Beirut - Clashes between pro and anti-Assad gunmen in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has left at least 13 people wounded according to police.
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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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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 portrait of Bashir al-Assad among the trash in al-Qsair.
A portrait of Bashir al-Assad among the trash in al-Qsair.
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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
With permission by Reuters / Mohamed Abdullah
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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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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Anti-riot police in central Damascus  Jan. 16  2012.
Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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Free Syrian Army soldier walking among rubble in Aleppo.jpg
Free Syrian Army soldier walking among rubble in Aleppo.jpg
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Syria: Wounded civilians
Syria: Wounded civilians
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Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station...
Women and children among Syrian refugees striking at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station 4 September 2015
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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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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
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Syrian rebels
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Kamal Hamami  aka Abu Basir  was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission ...
Kamal Hamami, aka Abu Basir, was reportedly killed with his brother during a reconnaissance mission in Turkmen mountains
Via Al Jazeera
A close-up view of the Za atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan  as seen on July 18  2013  from a ...
A close-up view of the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, as seen on July 18, 2013, from a helicopter
U.S. State Department
Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Alepp...
Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria.
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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