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Putin, Erdogan agree to ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The object is to avoid the humanitarian crisis getting worse,' Erdogan says, though he adds that Turkey reserves the right to 'retaliate with all its strength against any attack' by Damascus

SHAKE ON IT. Russian President Vladimir Putin(R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Turkish drones kill 19 Syrian government soldiers as tensions soar

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:13 AM

The report comes hours after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Dozens more soldiers are injured and taken to Turkey for treatment, Rahmi Dogan, governor of Turkish Hatay – bordering Syria – said Friday, February 28.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Syrian rebels reentered the key northwestern crossroads town of Saraqib lost to government forces earlier this month but fierce fighting raged on in its outskirts today, an AFP correspondent reported. Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Russia warns Turkey, blocks U.N. bid to end Syria bloodshed

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Syrian aid workers call urgently for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing the regime onslaught

TUNNEL. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Idlib displacement worst since start of Syria war – U.N.

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'In just 10 weeks, since 1 December, some 690,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Idlib and surrounding areas,' says the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. A truck loaded with a family's belongings drives on the outskirts of the town of Deir Ballut as Syrians fleeing air strikes by pro-regime forces on rebel-held areas of the Idlib province head toward safer zones near the Turkish border, on February 6, 2020. File photo by Rami al Sayed/AFP

Erdogan urges Russia to 'assume its obligations' in Syria's Idlib

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Turkey, which already hosts more than 3.7 million Syrians, fears a further influx of refugees fleeing violence in Idlib

SITE. A Syrian man clears debris at the site of helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in the Idlib province along the border with Turkey on October 27, 2019, where "groups linked to the Islamic State group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Children among 8 killed in Russian strikes on Syria's Idlib

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The strikes targeted a village in southern Idlib province, killing civilians sheltering in a school and nearby

Trump confirms death of ISIS leader Baghdadi

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:21 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'He died like a dog. He died like a coward. The world is now a much better place,' Trump says in a televised broadcast announcing the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world's most wanted man

ISIS head Baghdadi believed dead after U.S. strike in Syria

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:14 PM

(5th UPDATE) US media cites multiple government sources as saying Baghdadi may have killed himself with a suicide vest as US special operations forces descended

BELIEVED DEAD. In this undated and unlocated TV grab taken from a video released by Al-Furqan media, the chief of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears for the first time in 5 years in a propaganda video in April 2019. Photo from AFP

9 jihadists killed in Russia strikes on Idlib – monitor

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:27 PM

Six of the dead were members of the Al-Qaeda linked Hurras al-Deen

Russia announces ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria says the ceasefire aims 'to stabilize the situation' in Idlib and urged anti-government fighters to 'abandon armed provocations and join the peace process'

CEASEFIRE. This file photo shows Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Damascus to let civilians flee rebel-held Idlib

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:47 PM

The Idlib region, which sits on the Turkish border, is now the last major stronghold of opposition to the Russia-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad

OPEN. Syrian civilians flee on August 21, 2019 a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Anti-Assad fighters withdraw from key area of northwest Syria

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:42 AM

After 8 years of civil war, the Idlib region on the border with Turkey is the last major stronghold of opposition to Assad's Russia-backed government

Syrian government forces gather near the town of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on August 18, 2019. A Turkish military convoy crossed into jihadist-run northwest Syria on August 19, it's path blocked by advancing regime troops as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara, which said its forces were targeted by an air strike. AFP

Syria resumes Idlib air strikes after scrapping ceasefire

Aug 06, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The northwestern region of some 3 million people is one of the last major centers of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad's regime after 8 years of war

FAREWELL. Children wave goodbye as displaced Syrians who fled from their villages near the village of Jibala in the south of Idlib province to escape bombing by Syrian government forces, return home shortly before a truce fell apart between rebels and President Bashar al-Assad's regime, on August 4, 2019. File photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

More than 400,000 displaced in northwest Syria in 3 months – U.N.

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The region under attack is home to some 3 million people, nearly half of them already displaced from other parts of the country

DISPLACED. Residents flee with their belongings during reported shelling by government and allied forces, in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on May 3,2019. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

May 23, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly 3 million residents

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on May 23, 2019, shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

May 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The UN says at least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN "no target" lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides

AFTERMATH. A picture taken on May 5, 2019 shows in an underground hospital on the outskirts of the town of Hass, in the south of the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

Escalation in Syria's Idlib rattles months-old truce

May 07, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The region of some 3 million people is under the control of a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, in one of the last parts of Syria which President Bashar al-Assad has yet to take back

CONFLICT. A man walks amidst the rubble of a building, destroyed during airstrikes by the Syrian regime and their allies near the town of Saraqeb in Syria's rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib on May 7, 2019. Photo by Amer Alhamwe/AFP

Al Qaeda-linked Syria group kills 21 regime forces – monitor

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:22 PM

It is one of the deadliest breaches of a 6-month-old truce deal, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Twin bombing kills 24 in Syria's Idlib – monitor

Feb 19, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The first blast is caused by a bomb planted under a car in the main city of the Idlib region, while a motorcycle bomb detonated after ambulances arrived at the scene of the first explosion

BOMBINGS. The wreckage of a car and a damaged building in the background are seen in Syria's jihadist-held city of Idlib on February 18, 2019, following a double bomb attack. Photo by Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout

Oct 14, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Under a deal reached by opposition backer Turkey and regime ally Russia last month, rebels and jihadists alike should have pulled out all heavy arms from the horseshoe-shaped zone by October 10

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

Sep 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Many head home after a deal is reached between Russia and rebel supporter Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone along the front line, as the first step in a wider settlement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA. A Syrian motorist drives amidst ruins in Morek, a town in the northern countryside of Hama province that links regime-held areas to the south and rebel territory in neighbouring Idlib province to the north, on September 18, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN Security Council considers demanding 30-day Syria truce

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:28 AM

Diplomats say it remained unclear whether Russia would resort to its veto to block the draft resolution proposing the ceasefire

UNSC ON SYRIA. The United Nations Security Council is considering a measure to impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Russian pilot killed after plane downed over Syria

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a powerful jihadist-dominated alliance, says it shot down the plane on an affiliated media channel but made no mention of the pilot

Regime forces advance against jihadists in northwest Syria

Dec 31, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Government and allied forces backed by Russian warplanes have since Monday, December 25, been battling mostly jihadist fighters in an area straddling the border between Idlib and Hama provinces

SEEKING SAFETY. Displaced families from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on December 30, 2017.  Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Turkey troops, Syria jihadists clash ahead of expected incursion

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Turkey seeks to oust Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, from the province of Idlib

Turkish tanks are arriving at the Iskenderun train-port on October 7, 2017 at Iskendurun district in Hatay. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 7, 2017 said pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were staging a new military operation in Syria's jihadist-controlled Idlib province. / AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

Turkey-backed rebels in new Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes as Turkey along with Russia and Iran prepare to set up a so-called 'de-escalation' zone in Idlib in line with accords in peace talks in Astana aimed at ending the Syrian civil war

NEW SYRIA OPERATION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says pro-Ankara Syrian rebels are staging a new military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

TIMELINE: Suspected Syria chemical attack

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Here is a recap of developments after a suspected chemical attack in Idlib province

ATTACK. A picture taken on April 4, 2017 shows destruction at a hospital room in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack. Photo by Omar haj kadour / AFP

UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The vote comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to pressure Russia to reconsider its support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad

YOUNG VICTIM. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

'Suddenly, she fell to the ground': Tales of horror from Syria gas attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:57 AM

We put some masks on but it didn t do anything People just started falling to the ground

YOUNG VICTIM. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Blast at Syria-Turkey border kills 20 rebels – monitor

Oct 06, 2016 - 4:32 PM

Turkey s state run Anatolia news agency confirms the blast left 20 people dead at Atme adding that it took place during a change of guard among Syrian rebels in the area

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Oct 03, 2016 - 2:48 PM

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Tragic story behind rescued baby in Syria's Idlib

Oct 02, 2016 - 11:15 PM

4 month old Wahida Maatouq is rescued after an air strike but her older sister and grandmother are both killed

Syrian Yehya Maatouq holds his four-month-old daughter Wahida, whose rescue video posted online by the White Helmets went viral, in the northwest city of Idlib, on October 1, 2016. Footage of the rescue of Wahida posted by the White Helmets online showed a volunteer burst into tears holding up the tiny baby, her bright yellow outfit caked in dust, as he marches out of her destroyed home following a reported Syrian government air strikes. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

31 civilians dead in bombing of rebel Syria towns – monitor

Jul 13, 2016 - 8:21 PM

UPDATED Most are killed in air raids likely carried out by either President Bashar al Assad s regime or its Russian ally the Observatory says

Raids on Syria market kill 21, hundreds flee ISIS bastion

Jun 13, 2016 - 12:55 AM

Several children are among the fatalities as air strikes hit the Syrian city of Idlib

A picture taken on June 12, 2016 shows Syrian Civil Defence members, known as the White Helmets, gather at a site following air strikes on the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib, on June 12, 2016.  Air strikes on a market in Syria's Al-Qaeda-held city of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not clear who carried out the raids on the northwestern city, which is controlled by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies. / AFP PHOTO / Omar haj kadour

75,000 more Syrians living under siege – UN

May 28, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The United Nations is preparing to begin humanitarian air drops over besieged areas starting June 1 after its repeated demands for access to the blockaded towns were refused

SYRIAN WAR. Syrian residents sit on a ground during a humanitarian aid delivery by the Russian army in a village of Kaukab, Hama province, Syria, 04 May 2016. The United States and Russia have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Syria to the city of Aleppo, the US State Department reported on 04 May. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Russia raids on Al-Qaeda-run Syria prison kill at least 39

Jan 09, 2016 - 10:12 PM

Most of those killed are rebels imprisoned by the Al Nusra Front group while other victims included prison guards and Al Nusra fighters

Syria regime barrel bombs kill 37 as ISIS pushes Hasakeh offensive

Jun 04, 2015 - 9:12 AM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the deaths came in 3 incidents in Aleppo province in the north and Idlib province in the northwest

ATTACKED. Syrian men help an injured person following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces that hit an open market in the northern city of Aleppo, on June 3, 2015, killing and injuring people. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Syria barrel bombs kill 71 civilians as regime army in retreat

May 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The Syrian government s use of the crude weapons has come under fire by rights groups who say they are indiscriminate and often kill many civilians

Syria forces regroup after Islamists seize Idlib

Mar 30, 2015 - 7:58 AM

The capture is a blow to the government and raises the prospect that Idlib will become the effective capital of territory held by Al Qaeda s Syrian wing Al Nusra Front analysts say

AL NUSRA. In this file photo, a fighter from the al-Qaeda group in the Levant, Al-Nusra Front, poses next to the movements flag in a destroyed building near the front line with Syrian government solders in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on September 22, 2014. File photo by Rami Al-Sayed/AFP

Bomb kills 27 in Syria as US presses for peace talks

Oct 14, 2013 - 10:00 PM

A car bomb kills 27 in northwest Syria as the US pressed for peace talks in the country

CAR BOMB. This picture shows vehicles burning following an explosion in Idlib province, according to to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. AFP PHOTO /SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Gunmen kidnap Red Cross workers in war-ravaged Syria

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:52 AM

A key opposition group meanwhile said it would not attend any Geneva peace talks

Shelling, air raids kill 29 in Syria's northwest: NGO

Jul 15, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces against a string of villages in Idlib province killed at least 29 people Sunday