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Russia, China veto U.N. extending Syria cross-border aid

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through UN-designated checkpoints without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, but that authority is due to expire on January 10

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey assault could displace 400,000 in Syria, says U.N.

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Thousands are forced to flee their homes since the beginning of Turkey's military incursion after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border

FLEEING HOME. An elderly woman is evacuated from a building in Akcakale, a town near the Turkish border with Syria on October 13, 2019, after it was hit by a rocket reported to be fired from within Syria. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Syria flare-up kills 35 fighters, 10 civilians

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The flare-up comes as Russian-backed regime forces tried to retake two villages seized by jihadists and allied rebels earlier in June

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

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

French guns on Iraq border aim to pin down ISIS diehards inside Syria

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Since the launch of its operations, French forces have fired off more than 18,000 shells and conducted 1,500 air strikes in support of anti-Islamic State fighters on the ground

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

Rebels, families begin evacuating Syria's Daraa city

Jul 15, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Hundreds of fighters and some of their relatives, carrying suitcases packed with clothes, board around 15 buses in Daraa city, more than 7 years after the country's ill-fated uprising erupted there

Rebels set to leave new area outside Damascus

Apr 21, 2018 - 3:34 PM

The agreement is the latest in a string of deals that have seen opposition fighters and civilians bussed out of former opposition strongholds near Damascus

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Blasts shake Damascus as U.S. and allies launch Syria strikes

Apr 14, 2018 - 6:18 PM

As dawn broke, plumes of smoke can be seen rising from the city's north and east

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion 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 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

Russia says 'no victims' among Syrian civilians, military

Apr 14, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Russian military says that 103 cruise missiles were fired including Tomahawk missiles but that Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept 71 cruise missiles

STRIKES. A photo released early on April 14, 2018 on the website of the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows an explosion 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

U.S.-led strikes on Syria justified – Israeli official

Apr 14, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'Syria also serves as a base to carry out such action, namely on behalf of Iran, endangering its territory, its forces and its leadership,' an Israeli official says

SYRIA CRISIS. Smoke billows behind destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held town of Saqba in the Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus on April 10, 2018. AFP/STRINGER

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

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

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on two fronts

Mar 17, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Tens of thousands have taken to the roads, as Russia-backed regime fighters advance against rebels in Eastern Ghouta outside the capital and Turkey-led forces press an assault in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin

FLEE. Syrian civilians evacuate from the town of Jisreen in the southern Eastern Ghouta, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on their way to areas under government control on March 17, 2018. Photo by AFP

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

Israel warns over Iran's presence in Syria after air strikes

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:41 PM

While several analysts say they do not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some speak of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase

WARNING. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Syria regime strikes kill 6 civilians in Ghouta – monitor

Feb 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

President Bashar al-Assad's regime intensifies its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus

DESTROYED. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

U.S.-backed Israel vows action vs Iran 'entrenchment' in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:29 AM

The United States supports Israel for its strikes in Syria, blaming Iran for escalating violence in the war-wracked country

FOR ISRAEL'S INTEREST. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

U.S.-backed forces seize major Syria oilfield

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor had been a key source of income for the ISIS, reaping revenues up to $5.1 million per month

FUNDING. The Al-Omar oilfield in the province of Deir Ezzor produced 30,000 barrels per day before the start of Syria's conflict in 2011 and became a key source of income for the jihadists after they seized it in 2014.

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

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

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S.-backed Syria force advances in Raqa, battles for base

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:15 AM

The Syrian Democratic Forces says its fighters had liberated the neighborhood of Al Romaniya on the western front of Raqa

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made up of an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, unloaded boxes of ammunition, supplied by the US-led coalition, in a village north of Raqa on June 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN

Syria army seizes airbase from ISIS – military source, monitor

May 13, 2017 - 6:31 PM

The army takes control of more than 170 villages and towns in the area according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

Apr 16, 2017 - 7:40 PM

UPDATED At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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U.S. launches missile strike on Syria airbase

Apr 07, 2017 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED President Donald Trump orders the massive military response in retaliation for the deadly April 4 chemical attack being blamed on the Assad regime

MISSILE STRIKE. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile while conducting naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price

U.S.-backed fighters battle ISIS around north Syria town

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:45 AM

UPDATED Operations are currently focused on the strategically important town of Tabqa on the Euphrates River and the adjacent dam and military airport

Clashes in Syria capital after surprise rebel assault

Mar 20, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Steady shelling and sniper fire are heard across Damascus as rebel factions allied with Fateh al Sham Front launch an attack on regime positions

Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 19, 2017. Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of Damscus as rebels and jihadists tried to fight their way into the city centre in a surprise assault on government forces. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed EYAD

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defense systems

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation warns Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

A general view taken on March 17, 2017 shows Israel's Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border on March 17, 2017. Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The objective is to consolidate the ceasefire and to involve rebel field commanders in the political process to end the bloodshed

MURAL. Syrian artist Aziz al-Asmar works on a mural depicting the war in his country ahead of the start of the Astana peace talks, on January 19, 2017, in the Syrian rebel-held town of Binnish, on the outskirts of Idlib. Photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Jan 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

A breakdown of the forces involved in the complex civil war

SYRIA. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 9, 2016 shows Syrian Commander-in-Chief of the army and armed forces Defence Minister, Lieutenant General Fahd Jasem al-Freij, gesturing next to other officers during a visit to the city of Aleppo. Photo by Louai Beshara/SANA/AFP

Syria truce begins, but clashes erupt near Damascus

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:18 PM

UPDATED The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it id not clear who had started the clashes in the Wadi Barada region

DESTRUCTION IN SYRIA. A general view shows destruction in the Al-Safa neighborhood of Aleppo after it was captured by government forces on December 7, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

EU drops sanctions threat against Russia over Syria

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The watered down statement says the EU strongly condemns the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies notably Russia on civilians in Aleppo and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities

'END ATROCITIES.' European Council President Donald Tusk says EU leaders 'strongly condemned the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russia, on civilians in Aleppo.' File photo by Jure Makovec/AFP

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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

US threatens to end negotiations with Russia on Syria

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:58 PM

A State Department spokesman says John Kerry told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that plans to set up a joint US Russia military cell to target terrorist groups in Syria would also be put on hold

SYRIA TENSIONS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry speak during the International Syria Support Group meeting, September 22, 2016 in New York. Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP

Turkish soldier killed in Syria attack, Kurdish militia blamed

Aug 28, 2016 - 8:41 AM

This was Turkey s first fatality in an unprecedented 4 day cross border offensive against Islamic State jihadists

OFFENSIVE. Turkey's army backed by international coalition air strikes launched an operation involving fighter jets and elite ground troops to drive Islamic State jihadists out of a key Syrian border town. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

2 medics among 20 dead in regime shelling of Syria town – monitor

Jul 02, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The two medics are among those killed in a Syrian government shelling of a rebel held town northeast of the capital

ISIS mounts fierce defense of besieged Syrian bastion

Jun 18, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Islamic State group in Iraq Syria ISIS carried out two suicide attacks and 5 car bombings in the southwestern suburbs of Manbij

SYRIA. A handout photograph made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows damage at the site of bombing in Assayidah Zainab neighborhood, Damascus, Syria, 11 June 2016. Photo by EPA

Turk gets 108 years for refugee sex assaults

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:14 PM

He is found guilty of sexually abusing 8 Syrian children in the toilets at a refugee camp

REFUGEE CAMP. A general view shows Syrian refugees at Harran Refugee Camp in Sanliurfa, southeast of Turkey, 23 September 2015. Photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Syria army thrusts into ISIS bastion province Raqa

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED The troops advance towards the country s largest dam for the first time since 2014

Syria's famous damask rose withered by war

May 17, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Exported to Europe for centuries the damask rose is one of the casualties in the Syrian conflict

A Syrian man picks Damask Roses (Rosa Damascena), which are used to make rose water, in the village of Marah, north of the capital Damascus, on May 11, 2016. Exported to Europe, especially during the Crusades, this ancient rose has been cultivated in other countries including France, Morocco, Iran and Turkey.  With its odor both rich and suave, the Damask rose, which grows naturally in May but can be grown throughout the year, is the most used for the production of essential oils and flower scented cosmetic products. / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

Hezbollah blames Islamist extremists for killing military chief in Syria

May 14, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Lebanon s Hezbollah says investigation has shown that the blast was caused by artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri Sunni extremist groups present in the region

GRIEF. Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 13 May 2016. Photo by Nabil Mounzer/EPE

Global powers to discuss Syria in Vienna on May 17 – Moscow

May 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Russia co chair of the International Syria Support Group ISSG vows to redouble efforts to end the crisis

epa05292216 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks to press following the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sochi, Russia, 06 May 2016. EPA/PAVEL GOLOVKIN/POOL

More than 55,000 killed in Syria in 2015 – monitor

Dec 31, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Since the war began in March 2011 the Observatory has documented the deaths of 260 758 people including more than 76 000 civilians

SYRIAN CONFLICT. Residents look at their town destroyed by an airstrike in Syria. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Probable Russian raids in Syria kill 36 – monitor

Dec 20, 2015 - 11:20 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the 36 killed likely by strikes carried out by Russian warplanes were mostly combattants

Pakistan school massacre survivors tell France: 'You are not alone'

Nov 17, 2015 - 8:34 PM

The survivors of Pakistan s deadliest ever terror massacre express solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks describing those responsible as animals who had nothing to do with Islam

MOURNING. A Pakistani woman poses with a photograph of her son, outside an army-run school in Peshawar on December 23, 2014, after his death during the December 16, massacre by Taliban militants. Photo by A Majeed / AFP

Putin, Obama to meet as Syria diplomatic drive quickens

Sep 25, 2015 - 12:06 PM

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says Moscow and Washington could find ways to cooperate in the Syrian conflict

UN TALKS. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with US President Barack Obama (C) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summi in Beijing, China, 11 November 2014. File photo by Russian Presidential Press Service/EPA

Thousands more pour into Austria in deepening refugee crisis

Sep 20, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Crowded aboard buses and trains thousands more migrants flood into Austria from countries unable or unwilling to cope with a desperate human tide fleeing war and poverty for a better life in western Europe

BORDER. Austrian police officers stand by a truck during border controls on the Highway A4 near Nickelsdorf, at the Austrian-Hungarian border, in early hours on September 16, 2015. Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP