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Qaeda-linked Syria group kills 21 regime forces: monitor

Beirut - A Syrian jihadist group linked to Al-Qaeda killed 21 regime and allied forces Sunday near Idlib province, in one of the deadliest breaches of a six-month-old truce deal, a monitor said.

Six jihadists among 8 killed by blast in Syria's Idlib

Idlib - Six jihadists, mostly foreigners, were among eight people killed in a bomb attack on a restaurant in the Syrian city of Idlib on Friday, a war monitor said.

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - A double bomb attack in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on Monday killed 24 people, including four children, a war monitor said.

What next for Syria's Idlib?

Beirut - The Idlib area in northern Syria is now fully ruled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist organisation dominated by members of Al-Qaeda's former affiliate.

Ceasefire deal sees jihadists take over Syria's Idlib: reports

Beirut - The main jihadist alliance in Syria's Idlib region reached a deal on Thursday ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the whole rebel enclave.

What next for Syria's last major rebel bastion?

Beirut - For nearly four months, a Russian-Turkish ceasefire deal has protected three million people in Syria's last major rebel bastion of Idlib from a major regime offensive.

Jihadists advance against rebels in northern Syria: monitor

Beirut - Jihadists gained ground Friday from rebels in Syria's last major opposition bastion after four days of clashes that have killed more than 100 fighters, a war monitor said.

Air raids hit rebel areas west of Syria's Aleppo: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes hit the edges of Syria's last major rebel stronghold west of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitor said, a day after an alleged toxic attack on the regime-held city.

Gunmen kill two activists in northwest Syria

Beirut - Two activists critical of both the regime and jihadists were gunned down Friday in Syria's last major rebel bastion in the northwest of the country, their radio station and a monitor said.

Syria summit says Idlib ceasefire must be safeguarded

Istanbul - The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany on Saturday called for a ceasefire around the last major rebel-held bastion of Idlib in Syria to be preserved.

'Fiercest' shellfire yet around Syria truce zone: monitor

Beirut - Rebels and jihadists traded fire with government forces in northern Syria overnight, their "fiercest" exchanges since a buffer zone deal was announced for the area last month, a monitor said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Turkey says heavy arms pullout completed in Syria's Idlib

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said a planned buffer zone in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib has been cleared of heavy weapons as part of a deal reached between Moscow and Ankara.

Most heavy arms out of planned Syria buffer zone: monitor

Beirut - Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels have withdrawn most heavy weapons from territory around Syria's last major opposition stronghold ahead of a Wednesday deadline, a monitor said.

Jihadists pull heavy weapons from Syria buffer zone as deadline nears

Beirut - Jihadist factions including Syria's former Al-Qaeda branch have withdrawn heavy weapons from parts of a planned buffer zone in Idlib province, a monitor said Monday, two days ahead of a deadline.

Syria rebels say to remove heavy weapons from buffer zone within days

Kafer Halab - Turkish-backed rebels said Sunday they expected to finish withdrawing heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria within days under a deal to stave off a regime attack.

Syria rebels say shifting heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

Beirut - Syrian rebels said Saturday they have begun withdrawing heavy arms from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Idlib province, ahead of a deadline to set up the demilitarised area.

Syria rebels, jihadists clash near planned Idlib buffer: monitor

Beirut - Fighting erupted on Friday between Turkey-backed rebels and jihadist hardliners in northwest Syria, a monitor and a resident said, near a planned demilitarisation zone.

As clock ticks, little progress visible on Idlib deal

Beirut - The clock is ticking to implement a Russian-Turkish deal for the Syrian rebel region of Idlib, but its terms remain hazy and little has changed on the ground.

Syria rebel faction rejects Idlib deal

Beirut - A formerly US-backed Syrian rebel group on Saturday rejected a deal between Russia and Turkey to avert a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province.

Turkey sends reinforcements to Syria's Idlib

Sar - Turkish troop reinforcements entered Syria's rebel bastion of Idlib on Tuesday, an AFP correspondent reported, a week after a deal between Ankara and Moscow averted a government offensive.

After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists

Beirut - A Russia-Turkey deal may have stopped a regime assault on Syria's Idlib for now, but analysts are sceptical that rebel backer Ankara can impose it on the jihadists who dominate the area.

Pro-Turkey Syria rebels cautiously accept Idlib deal

Beirut - Pro-Turkey rebels have cautiously accepted a Moscow-Ankara deal to prevent a Russia-backed regime attack on Syria's last major opposition bastion of Idlib, while a small jihadist group has rejected it.

Live from Idlib, an American broadcasts from Syria's last rebel zone

Beirut - Pointing to a green screen as if presenting a weather forecast, Bilal Abdul Kareem analyses the Turkish-Russian deal over Syria's Idlib, broadcasting in his native English from inside the war-torn country's last rebel stronghold.

Russia, Turkey agree borders of Syrian demilitarised zone

Sarajevo - Russia and Turkey have agreed on borders of a demilitarised zone in northern Syria, Russia's top diplomat said Friday, part of a deal that could check an assault on the last rebel enclave in Idlib.

Thousands head home in Syria's Idlib after deal: monitor

Beirut - Thousands of residents of Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib headed home within 48 hours of the announcement of a deal to avoid a government offensive to retake it, a war monitor said on Wednesday.
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