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Syrian government forces continue to launch air strikes on ISIL-held pockets in Hajar al-Aswad, one of the neighbourhoods of the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. The strikes on Sunday are part of a campaign to retake the last rebel-held towns on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, which ...
SANA says the villages were held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, adding that they are close to the provincial capital also called Deir el-Zour. Crossings into the east bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Syria by government forces have been rare. Much of Deir el-Zour province was held by ...

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Crossings into the east bank of the Euphrates in eastern Syria by government forces have been rare. Much of Deir el-Zour province was held by the Islamic State group but over the past year Syrian government forces captured most areas west of the Euphrates while SDF fighters took areas east of the river.
One hundred and five cruise missiles launched from sea and air struck three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria. .... TLAMs, were focused on what the allies claim was a chemical weapons storage facility and a chemical warfare operations bunker at Him Shinshar, west of the Syrian city of Homs.
Earlier Tuesday, Syria's state news agency said inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had reached the town of Douma to investigate a suspected April 7 gas attack. Guterres said "it's the obligation of the Syrian government to provide all the conditions for them to work ...

The United Nations Security Council meets again today on Syria – for the sixth time in just over a week. While it's tempting to ask what the deadlocked council will achieve with more talk, this meeting is an important opportunity for it to address the dire situation in another part of Syria – Raqqa city, recently ...
BEIRUT — International inspectors entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, Syrian state media reported ... Syria and its ally Russia deny any chemical attack took place, and Russian officials accused Britain of staging a "fake" gas attack in the town.
On Sunday, groups in Douma, a town in eastern Ghouta, reported what appeared to be a chemical weapons attack by the government, though Russian and Syrian officials have denied that chemical agents were used. Experts and Western officials say that multiple times in its seven-year civil war, Syria has ...
At the end of November last year, the head of the Russian Center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, Lieutenant-General Sergei Kuralenko, reported that the US, having closed the 55-kilometer zone around the US base in the Syrian city of al-Tanf, had isolated more than 50,000 people in ...
Local Syrians point out areas of concern to coalition troops and Syrian Democratic Forces during a joint presence patrol to villages and SDF control points near the city of Manbij, Syria, March 24. Regular patrols keep the area safe for local residents, de-escalate tensions among parties, and prevent ISIS ...
Turkey aims to revive agriculture and livestock breeding in Syrian cities liberated from terrorists by the Turkish military-led operation. In Jarablus and Al-Bab, Turkish officials vaccinated animals and trained farmers for pesticides and selling products, Mehmet Karayilan, the director of Food and Agriculture in ...
Syrian government forces have massed around the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta area, after rebels were reportedly given a deadline to leave. ... the government and the rebel factions Ahrar al-Sham and Faylaq al-Rahman, which controlled the pockets around the towns of Harasta and Arbin.
As the Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are closing in on the strategic Syrian town of Tel Rifaat, local sources claimed on March 27 that Turkish and FSA forces have taken control of the town. Tel Rifaat is some 20 kilometers southeast of Afrin and hosts the Minnag airport. Vowing to continue ...
We review the key developments in Syria, including mass evacuations from the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, Turkey saying it will target the town of Tal Rifaat and ... Failaq al-Rahman is the second rebel group in Eastern Ghouta to strike an evacuation deal with the Syrian government and its allies.
After the fall of the Syrian Kurdish city of Afrin on March 18, the Turkish operation in Syria has entered a particularly dangerous phase, with relations between the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the US fast approaching a make-or-break point. Turkey has set its sights on the next big ...
Erdogan has announced the expansion of operation Olive Branch to Tel Rifaat in Syria and Sinjar in Iraqi Kurdistan, also warning the US to leave Manbij ... Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday that the Syrian-Kurdish held town of Tel Rifaat will "shortly" be under Turkish control, ...

... Syria as part of the surrender deal with Assad. It means only Douma is left of the opposition's eastern Ghouta enclave. A month ago the United Nations said it was home to 400,000 people and constituted the rebels' main stronghold near Damascus. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ...
Entire residential quarters were buried in rubble in #Harim city today, where @syriacivildefe teams continue to search for survivors, after brutal air raids on the city's market this afternoon, number of victims is 35 civilians killed and more than 50 injured documented so far.
Syrian rebels and their families are being evacuated from a key town in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region as part of an agreement with the government. Buses carrying 1,480 people, including 600 Ahrar al-Sham rebels, drove out of Harasta as night fell, en route to the rebel-held northern province of Idlib.
ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday told the US to stop “deceiving” Turkey and start cooperation, after Washington said it was concerned by the Turkish-led offensive on the Syrian city of Afrin. Erdogan's typically abrasive comments came after the US State Department reacted to the ...
Speaking in Ankara on Monday, Erdogan said the previous day's events marked an important phase in Operation Olive Branch -- the invasion of Afrin -- and that forces would push eastward towards other Kurdish-held towns in northern Syria and across the border into Iraq. "Our target is not invasion.
More than 45,000 people have fled the town on the western edge of Damascus over the past few days as the Syrian government and its Russian ally carry out airstrikes, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are still trapped in the city and "in dire need or aid" after ...
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army soldiers walk in city center of Afrin, northwestern Syria, early Sunday, March 18, 2018. ... Thousands of Afrin residents, many of whom had earlier fled from the villages near the border with Turkey to the town center, streamed out of Afrin before the Turkish troops entered.
A Syria war monitoring group says Turkish-allied militiamen are looting the northern Syrian town of Afrin after the Turkish military and allied Syrian fighters seized control of it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the looting began on Sunday, after the Turkish and allied ...
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Turkish-backed Syrian rebels seized control on Sunday morning of the city of Afrin, the target of a two-month military operation against Kurdish militias in the enclave in Syria. The takeover dealt a blow to Kurdish aspirations for self-administration there and added to Turkey's growing ...
Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels captured the centre of Afrin in northwest Syria after Kurdish fighters who were in control evacuated the city in order to fight another day. Turkey's military said in a tweet on Sunday that troops were searching for landmines and other explosive devices in the ...
The northwestern, Kurdish-majority city has been the target of a two-month Turkish offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's ... offensive against Afrin began on January 20th, and the Associated Press reports it slowly pushed the Kurdish militia and civilians into the town center.
ISTANBUL — Turkey's president said Sunday that the Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken “total” control of the town center of Afrin, a major ... Washington's support to the YPG, including arming the militia and relying on it to battle Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, has strained relations ...
Founded in the 3rd millennium B.C., Damascus is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities on Earth and the seat of power of Assad's regime. While the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city has escaped much of the ravages of war, its sprawling outer suburbs have been pounded to near-oblivion.
With the local Midanki Dam now also under Turkish control, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the town's external water ... against ISIS in Syria — and just a few weeks ago, as the Kurdish militia lost ground in the region, they sought help from supporters of Syria's regime.
The Turkish military says it has surrounded the Kurdish-held city of Afrin in northern Syria, the focus of an offensive against a Kurdish militia. ... Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, confirmed that Turkish-led forces were besieging Afrin, 90 villages and a nearby town on Tuesday.
SANA news agency said troops were on the outskirts of Misraba, a rebel-held town in the heart of the enclave. Dramatic ... In Geneva, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced claims by Syria's government that it's doing all it can to protect civilians as "frankly ridiculous," while its forces lead ...
The nationalist Alternative for Germany party came under fire from the government Wednesday, after some of its lawmakers traveled to Syria and met with ... Asked about the lawmakers' trip, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said "the Syrian regime demonstrates every day how inhumanely it ...
It was not clear why Mr. Kalin had referred to Manbij, a city at the westernmost point of the Syrian territory held by the Kurds, though it might have been cited ... The transfer of personnel from the Kurdish-led, American-backed militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., is a blow to Washington's ...
A truly serious strategy on Syria needs to do more than what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has proposed, argues Michael O'Hanlon. ... unfortunately, such ceasefires have been doing little to protect vulnerable populations in places like eastern Ghouta as well as the city and region of Idlib in the country's ...
The An-26 plane crashed during landing at Hmeimim airbase, near the coastal city of Latakia, the ministry is quoted as saying by Russian media. ... The attack targeted the town of Hammoria and led to the evacuation of dozens of civilians, according to the Syrian Civil Defence, whose volunteer rescue ...
AFRIN, Syria -- In Syria, some food and medicine finally reached civilians in Eastern Ghouta Monday, the rebel-held town outside Damascus, where 700 people have been killed by Syrian airstrikes in the past two weeks. In the north, it's ally versus ally: the Kurds -- America's most effective partner against ...
By the time the convoy of 46 trucks sent by the United Nations, the International Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reached the town of Douma ... of eastern Ghouta, after capturing farmland and several villages in the east of the enclave, and the towns of Utaya, Al Shifouniyah and Al Nashabiyah.
Air strikes and mortar attacks continued on the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Tuesday, despite a Russian-organised ceasefire. ... Syria and the Russian government blamed rebel fire for the lack of evacuations, however Jaish al-Islam, the main opposition group controlling the enclave, ...
Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples Wednesday from a new location in the Syrian town of Douma, their second visit to the area that was hit by a suspected gas attack nearly three weeks ago. The Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said samples taken by the team in Douma ...
the student, Mohammed al-Hanash, 25, said by phone from Syria. The attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday, which witnesses and medical workers said used chemical weapons, has resonated far beyond the war-scarred community's destroyed buildings, ratcheting up tensions among world ...


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