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U.N. says nearly 5 million children born into Syria war

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:20 PM

UNICEF also says close to 5,000 children were recruited into the fighting

Syrian children play as they sit on the tip of an abandoned missile at the Ash'ari camp for the displaced in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area outside the capital Damascus on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY

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

U.N. probe highlights Russia, Turkey roles in Syria 'war crimes'

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'You have children in open air with their families, without a tent, without shelter, without blankets, UN's Syria commission chair says, lamenting that 'children are freezing to death'

CHILD. 11-year-old Syrian girl Rawan poses on a destroyed tank with her stuffed bear near the village of Yazi Bagh. Photo by Nazeer Al-Khatib/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

Northwest Syria violence displaces 500,000 in 2 months

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:32 AM

According to the UN, the vast majority – 80% – are women and children

ESCAPE. Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Photo by Kahlil Mazraawi/AFP

Syria regime fire kills 8 in school turned shelter

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says part of the building in the town of Sarmeen was turned into a shelter for the displaced

Arms embargoes won't stop Turkey's Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says 'those who think they can make Turkey turn back with threats are gravely mistaken'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / 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

6 civilians killed in northwest Syria despite truce

Sep 14, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports regime fire in various parts of southern Idlib, including close to a Turkish military observation post

Air strikes kill 15 civilians in northwest Syria

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 7 children among 11 civilians are killed in Syrian air strikes that targeted two residential buildings

WAR. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense (White Helmets) carry the body of a victim at the site of a reported air strike on the town of Ariha, in the south of Syria's Idlib province on July 27, 2019. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

U.S. calls on Germany to send ground troops to Syria

Jul 07, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The United States expects an answer from Germany this month

CONFLICT. A picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2019, shows damaged and destroyed buildings in the town of Ihsim, in Syria’s Idlib region. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syria regime air strikes kill 4 civilians – monitor

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The region is supposed to be protected by a September buffer zone deal

Jihadist attacks kill 17 Syria pro-regime fighters

Apr 27, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The assaults are done by Al-Qaeda's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and its ally Hurras al-Deen, which remains affiliated to the global jihadist network

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

U.N. envoy discusses Syria constitution on Damascus visit

Mar 17, 2019 - 10:34 PM

United Nations envoy for Syria says talks over the constitution should be 'led and owned' by Syrians

ENVOY. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen speaks to the press upon his arrival in the capital Damascus on March 17, 2019. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Syria force locked in battle with ISIS jihadists in holdout village

Mar 17, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The makeshift camp of tents and tunnels is all that remains of a once-sprawling 'caliphate' declared in 2014 over swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq

WAR. A fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) loads an ammunition belt at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019 during the SDF's preparations to advance in the battle against the last pocket of Islamic State group jihadists. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

The week in photos: March 2-8, 2019

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:34 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

FESTIVAL PREPS. A Nepali sadhu (Hindu holy man) applies face paint near the Pashupatinath temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu on March 4, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Syria force to pluck more civilians from last ISIS pocket

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:52 PM

'God had promised us a caliphate and we went to it. I feel there will be no victory although they (jihadists) tell us victory is near,' says a Syrian woman who is a wife of a deceased ISIS fighter

LAST HOLDOUT. Men suspected of being Islamic State fighters wait to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after leaving the IS group's last holdout of Baghouz, in Syria's northern Deir Ezzor province on February 22, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Dying days of caliphate in Syria as ISIS fighters trapped

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'In a very short time, not longer than a few days, we will officially announce the end of ISIS' existence,' says Syrian Democratic Forces commander Jia Furat

CIVILIANS. Men believed to be civilians fleeing the battered Islamic State-held holdout of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor stand in the back of a truck on February 11, 2019. Photo . by Fadel Senna/AFP

Pope Francis hopes for peace in Yemen, Syria, other flashpoints

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In his traditional 'Urbi and Orbi' address, Pope Francis appeals for 'fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture'

Trump decided on Syria troop pullout during Erdogan call – report

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

US President Donald Trump's move comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch an operation against a Kurdish militia that is fighting against ISIS with American military assistance

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Turkey, Iran hold talks after U.S. Syria announcement

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Turkey has been working closely with Iran and Russia to find a political solution to the war in Syria

Pope Francis lights candle for children of Syria

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'"Let these flames of hope dispel the shadows of war,' Pope Francis says

Around 100 Syrians struggle to breathe after 'toxic' attack

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Health official Ziad Hajj Taha says the incident was a 'probable' chlorine attack

Turkey to host Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The planned summit will be the first to bring together the Turkish and Russian leaders with the European Union's two most significant national leaders to 'try and find' a lasting solution to the Syrian war

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Russia says 88,000 Syria rebels killed

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the 7-year civil war.

WAR. Syrian rebel-fighters with the National Liberation Front (NLF) stand on a hill overlooking regime-held areas in northwestern countryside of Aleppo province on October 9, 2018. File photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Douma is the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus, and is the site of the alleged gas attack that prompted a volley of Western air strikes on Saturday

CONFLICT. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows anti aircraft fire on the outskirts of Damascus after Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SANA / AFP

Syria: from 'chemical attack' to retaliatory strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Here is a recap of a week of high-stakes international drama

STRIKES. A photo released on April 14, 2018 on the Twitter page of Hezbollah's "Central War Media" account shows night footage of flares above Damascus seen through a night-vision device as Western strikes reportedly hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around Syria's capital. Photo by Handout / STR / SYRIAN GOVERNMENT'S CENTRAL MILITARY MEDIA / AFP

Russia to reduce Syria presence by year's end – military

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Valery Gerasimov says some military will be left behind even after Moscow scales back its involvement in bombing and combat

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted 'advanced' Hezbollah arms

Mar 18, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon s Hezbollah and that the Jewish State would do the same again if necessary

Rebels in Aleppo attack, Putin cautious on new Russian raids

Oct 29, 2016 - 1:03 PM

The rebel assault on Friday October 28 comes more than 3 months into a government siege of eastern Aleppo where more than 250 000 people live

WAR. A Rebel fighter from the Jaish al-Fatah (or Army of Conquest) brigades takes cover while firing a mortar launcher during a major assault on Syrian government forces West of Aleppo city on October 28, 2016. Photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

India backs Russia's efforts on Syria settlement

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:47 PM

The statement of support comes after fresh diplomatic talks to end the Syrian conflict got underway in Switzerland

Europe 'close to limits' on refugee influx – Tusk

Sep 04, 2016 - 2:08 PM

EU President Donald Tusk urges the international community to shoulder its share of the burden

Syrians harness Pokemon frenzy to depict their plight

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Social media campaigns use Pokemon Go to raise awareness about the situation in Syria

POKEMON GO IN SYRIA. Social media campaigns latch onto the Pokemon Go craze to raise awareness about the situation in Syria. Screengrab from Facebook/rfsmediaoffice2

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

In Syria, young boys box to drown out bombs

Feb 10, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Young boys in rebel held Aleppo are finding a distraction from the shelling and air strikes in the boxing ring

A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIGHTING. This file photo taken on January 16, 2016 shows Syrian coach Shaaban Kattan supervising young boxers during a training session at the Shahba boxing club in a rebel-controlled neighborhood of Aleppo's old city. Photo by Karam al-Masri/AFP

Economic effect of Syrian war at $35B – World Bank

Feb 05, 2016 - 12:51 PM

All of Syria s neighbors are facing tremendous budgetary pressure because of the conflict according to a World Bank report

SYRIAN WAR. A handout photo dated late February 3, 2016 and made available February 4, 2016 by International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, showing a severely ill child being evacuated by ambulance by Syrian Arab Red Crescent first aiders from the besieged city of Moadamiyeh, Syria during a joint aid operation by the Syrin Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Handout photo by Pawel Krzysiek/EPA

Syria says ready to enter new peace talks

Dec 24, 2015 - 8:18 PM

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem says Damascus is ready for a dialogue without any foreign interference

Syrian refugees arrive at Jordan Syria border point of Al-Rugban area at the north east of Jordan, 10 September 2015. The Syrian refugees arrive from Raqqa and Deir al Zoor fleeing from ISIS fighters and the Syrian regime attacks. EPA/JAMAL NASRALLAH

UN: 1 million migrants reach Europe in 2015

Dec 22, 2015 - 11:45 PM

About half of the number are Syrians fleeing from the country s brutal civil far

Pope welcomes UN-backed roadmap on Syria, efforts in Libya

Dec 20, 2015 - 7:48 PM

Recent efforts spark hopes for an end in the political deadlock Pope Francis says

Pope Francis waves at the end of his weekly general audience on April 2, 2014 at the Vatican. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Obama says Syrian war not likely to end before he leaves office

May 16, 2015 - 9:52 AM

US President Barack Obama emphasizes that settling the conflict would require the cooperation of Gulf allies and other regional nations such as Turkey

'CIVIL WAR.' A handout picture made available by Syria's government official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) of army soldiers on their armored patrol the area of Mayda?a town, rural Damascus, Syria, May 3, 2015. File photo by SANA/HANDOUT/EPA