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Assad regime forces mass in northwest Syria – monitor

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Russian-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces gather north of the key town of Khan Sheikhun in a bid to take more territory from Turkish-backed rebels

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

The week in photos: March 3-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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

Men dismantle the symbolicly attached prosthetic arms from a replica of the Venus de Milo during an action led by Handicap International to raise awareness on the thousands of amputees worldwide in need of a prosthesis, at the Louvre-Rivoli metro station in Paris on March 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:49 PM

2nd UPDATE Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off The evacuation resumes following the blast

Buses evacuate hundreds from 4 besieged Syria towns

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Most of the evacuees on board at least 65 buses are women children and elderly people

Residents afraid to flee Aleppo through 'death corridors'

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:27 PM

Russia a key ally of President Bashar al Assad announces the opening of humanitarian passages for civilians and surrendering fighters seeking to exit the city s rebel held eastern neighborhoods

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI

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

3 journalists return to Spain after Syria kidnapping

May 08, 2016 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED Antonio Pampliega Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre are welcomed at the Torrejon air base

epa05294416 A handout photo released by Spanish Prime Ministry press office Spanish journalists Angel Sastre (R), Jose Manuel Lopez (C) and Antonio Pampliega (2-L hugging a relative) upon their arrival at Spanish air base in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, Spain, 08 May 2016. The three journalists, who had been kidnapped in July 2015 while working as freelancers in the Syrian city of Alepo, were freed on 06 May. EPA/DIEGO CRESPO / SPANISH PRIME MINISTRY OFFICE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Syria aid deliveries postponed over violence: Red Cross

Mar 14, 2016 - 11:54 PM

Aid groups are unable to deliver much needed food packages to four besieged towns in war torn Syria on Monday March 14 the International Committee of the Red Cross says citing security problems

AID. A Red Crescent convoy carrying humanitarian aid arrives in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 23, 2016 during an operation in cooperation with the UN to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians. Photo by Amer Almohibany / AFP

Air strike kills Syria rebel chief ahead of peace talks

Dec 26, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Zahran Alloush s death is a blow to the fragile peace process in Syria

ALLOUSH. A screen grab made available on 25 December 2015 from a video released by Jaish al-Islam (JAI), shows the leader of JAI, Sheikh Zahran Abduallah Alloush, delivering a speech during a passing out ceremony for graduating recruits of the group, Ghouta, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 29 April 2015. TV grab from Jaish al-Islam / EPA

Saudi Arabia says 100,000 Syrians granted residency

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Saudi Arabia made it a point not to deal with them as refugees but has issued residency permits to 100 000 Syrians who wish to stay in the kingdom

REFUGEES. A Syrian refugee family braves a sand storm at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 24 September 2014. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

45 dead in attacks on Syria Kurds celebrating new year

Mar 21, 2015 - 9:57 PM

The attacks occur in what was one of IS s bloodiest days in Syria as the Sunni Muslim extremist group left dead more than 120 people across the war ravaged country

'Syria-bound' Briton held in Turkey arrested on return home

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The 21 year old is arrested at the Luton airport near London on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism

12 migrants missing after boat sinks off Turkey

Feb 07, 2015 - 9:14 PM

The nationality of the migrants is still being identified as of posting

REFUGEES. A Syrian refugee child peeks out of their tent at a refugee camp in the Suruc district near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 28 January 2015. Kurdish fighters on 26 January claimed to have pushed militants from the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) out of the embattled Syrian town of Kobane, following 4 months of fighting. Most of the Kurdish civilians fled the area to Turkey. Photo by EPA/Sedat Suna

Russia hopes to host Syria talks in January

Dec 25, 2014 - 11:09 PM

Russia wants to broker peace talks between the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government in Moscow in January 2015

FILE PHOTO. Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to journalists following a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 16 September 2014, United Nations. Devra Berkowitz/UN Photo

Number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million mark – UN

Aug 29, 2014 - 1:40 PM

Less than a year ago the number of registered Syrian refugees stood at two million UNHCR said pointing to reports of increasingly horrifying conditions inside the country to explain the surge

RUNNING. Syrian refugees, who had been based in Arsal, gather with their belongings at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, at Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 08 August 2014, after they failed to cross into Syria. Wael Hamzeh/EPA

PH pulling out peacekeepers in Liberia, Golan Heights

Aug 23, 2014 - 2:26 PM

The move involves a total of 446 troops consisting of 115 Philippine Air Force personnel deployed to Liberia in July 2012 and 331 troops deployed to Golan in November 2012

Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The proposed fund would serve vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition to help defend the Syrian people the White House says

Assad wins vote branded 'illegitimate' by opposition

Jun 05, 2014 - 9:48 PM

As celebratory gunfire erupted in the capital and loyalist areas across Syria at least 10 people were killed as the bullets fell back to earth according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RE-ELECTED. Bashar al-Assad wins another 7-year term as Syrian President. Photo from AFP

Moscow to veto UN resolution on ICC for Syria: envoy

May 22, 2014 - 8:38 AM

It will be the fourth time for Moscow to use its veto power to block Western resolutions since the start of the conflict 3 and a half years ago


Syria's children starving and scared as war drags on

Mar 16, 2014 - 1:03 AM

Displaced from their homes and deprived of health care education and security a generation of Syrian children risks being lost forever

HUNGRY. A Syrian girl pets her cat in the once rebel-held neighborhood in Homs In the early months of Syria's uprising, Homs was the epicentre of peaceful mass protests sweeping the country, but now lies in ruin. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

UN, Syria reach deal for civilians to leave Homs

Feb 06, 2014 - 10:39 PM

The UN and Syria reach a deal to allow civilians to leave areas of Homs that have been under army siege for more than 18 months

UNDER SIEGE. A man uses crutches as he walks past damaged buildings in a neighborhood, besieged by government forces, in the central Syrian city of Homs. Photo by AFP

UN issues distress call over war-affected Syrians

Jan 15, 2014 - 11:12 PM

Trapped hungry and ill are just some of the words being used to describe Syrian refugees in various sites

VICTIMS. Syrian refugees, particularly children, are now in danger of getting sick and hungry. AFP Photo

How Pinoy soldiers befriended their Syrian captors

Dec 18, 2013 - 7:16 PM

When they were released the rebels told them they would be missed

HOME: After over a year in Golan Heights, hundreds of Filipino peacekeepers are home. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

US and Russia in landmark deal on Syria weapons

Sep 14, 2013 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED Arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November with the goal of eliminating the country s chemical weapons by mid 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry says

AGREEMENT. The United States and Russia, in talks to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program came to agreement on the size of its toxic stockpiles. Photo by AFP

Film on Syrian unrest debuts at Toronto

Sep 11, 2013 - 8:06 PM

Ladder to Damascus a film committed to its motherland in crisis

'PROTEST.' Malas is clear about cinema's role in times of turmoil. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images/AFP

Syria 'already agreed' to Russia arms plan - reports

Sep 10, 2013 - 8:02 PM

The Syrian Foreign Minister says we agreed with the Russian initiative

Assad warns US will 'pay the price' if it attacks Syria

Sep 09, 2013 - 8:50 PM

UPDATED There are going to be repercussions Assad said in a CBS television show He also denied that his forces used chemical weapons against his own people How can you talk about what happened if you don t have evidence?

Dollar slips, yen climbs amid Syrian conflict

Aug 28, 2013 - 9:55 AM

The US dollar is down vs yen amid Syria jitters

Asian stocks destabilize amid fears of Syria intervention

Aug 27, 2013 - 7:30 PM

Fears of military action in Syria compound expectations of the end of the US stimulus program

N. Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria

Aug 27, 2013 - 1:34 PM

The masks were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition says a Japanese daily

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on August 26, 2013 allegedly shows a UN inspector (C) listening to the testimony of a man in the Damascus subburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE

US builds case for Syria attacks

Aug 27, 2013 - 7:26 AM

Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria but he has to notify lawmakers in Congress

Syria opposition presses Kerry for US arms

Jul 26, 2013 - 7:29 AM

Syrian opposition leaders say that US commitment of military support needs to happen fast

POLITICAL SOLUTION. A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) allegedly shows bodies of rebel fighters after being ambushed by government forces in the industrial city of Adra outside Damascus. The UN says only a political solution can bring an end to the civil war, which killed over 100,000 people. AFP/HO/SANA

6 Syrian generals, 65 other officers defect to Turkey

Jun 15, 2013 - 11:06 PM

The defections came after Washington said it would begin providing military support to the opposition

Syria's chemical weapons: NATO urges UN inspection

Jun 14, 2013 - 5:43 PM

Allow the UN to probe allegations says NATO official

Syrian army kills 3 Westerners, two of them Muslims

May 31, 2013 - 7:25 AM

Troops shot them in an ambush

EU lifts embargo to arm Syria rebels

May 28, 2013 - 6:31 AM

UPDATE Britain however says no immediate plan to send weapons to Syrian opposition

Journalists report chemical weapons use in Syria

May 27, 2013 - 8:05 PM

The French newspaper Le Monde says two of its journalists witnessed the use of chemical weapons

Peace envoy to Syria set to quit

May 03, 2013 - 8:43 AM

UN leader Ban Ki moon tackles efforts to end the Syrian conflict amid reports peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is set to quit

The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

Blast in central Damascus kills 13

Apr 30, 2013 - 6:27 PM

Casualties include 9 civilians and 5 members of the security forces

UN to Syria: Allow chemical arms probe

Apr 26, 2013 - 7:01 AM

UN leader Ban Ki moon renews an urgent call to let inspectors into the country

PH peacekeepers move closer to freedom

Mar 09, 2013 - 8:57 PM

UPDATED The UN peacekeepers seized by rebels on the Syrian Golan were on their way to the border with Jordan and freedom on Saturday

PH peacekeepers still kept by Syria rebels

Mar 09, 2013 - 7:49 PM

As the deadline for the release of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers lapses on Saturday March 9 the planned handover does not take place

ICRC to receive 21 Pinoy soldiers if freed

Mar 09, 2013 - 4:20 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross will facilitate the release of 21 FIlipino peacekeepers being held captive by Syrian rebels

Pinoys in Syria to be freed despite bombing

Mar 09, 2013 - 10:52 AM

Philippine Army spokesman Col Randolph Cabangbang says the shelling had stopped and the UN Disengagement Observer Force believes hostages will be released

Assad refuses to quit as foes advance

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:20 PM

We are ready to negotiate with anyone including militants who surrender their arms the Syrian leader told a British newspaper

RAGING WAR. The Syrian flag flutters above Damascus on September 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

Iran: Assad 'will take part' in 2014 Syria presidential poll

Mar 02, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Assad has steadfastly rejected calls from Western leaders Arab countries Turkey and the Syrian opposition to relinquish power and has kept quiet on whether he would contest the next presidential election

Well-armed jihadists raise fears of new war in Syria

Mar 02, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Victory in Syria s civil war is still up for grabs but some rebel commanders fear that even if they do oust President Bashar al Assad they will then have to take on Islamists they accuse of seeking to hijack their democratic revolution

UN: More than 60,000 killed in Syria conflict

Jan 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

The UN says the Syrian conflict killed over 60 000 people since the uprising began in 2011

Syrian rebels seize oilfield, down warplane

Nov 05, 2012 - 6:43 AM

Syrian rebels seize a major oilfield and shoot down a warplane November 4