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Damascus, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The rebel groups, including al-Qaida-linked ones, launched a fresh offensive Sunday against a key Syrian military base in the eastern countryside of the capital Damascus, as part of the rebels' determination to capture that strategic base in Harsta city, activists said.
The decision to cross over into Syria, and directly intervene in the seven-year-long civil war, has underlined the depth of Turkey's concern about Kurdish fighters inside Syria. But it has also thrown Ankara's ambitious training project into relief. According to rebel commanders, Turkey has for nearly two years ...
A giant sign spells out in colorful English letters, "I love Aleppo." The scene in Saadallah al-Jabiri Square on a recent day was a complete turnaround from what it was during nearly four years of warfare that wracked the Syrian city. rebel sniper fire and shelling -- and a triple car bombing that killed dozens ...
The Syrian rebel commander stared at photographs of his fighters on the hilly frontline at the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, their pickup trucks stalled in the mud ... and very nearly defeated, Syria's armed opposition now finds itself waging a battle against Syrian Kurdish militias on behalf of Ankara, a patron that in ...
For the thousands of Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkish forces in northern Syria this week in a military offensive Ankara has called Operation ... is to regain 16 Arab towns and villages occupied by the YPG" in 2016, said Major Yasser Abdul Rahim, the commander of Failaq al Sham, a rebel militia.

The general command of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the mainly Syrian Kurdish rebel force that has led the United States-backed fight against the ... agreement forged in March between American-backed Kurdish rebels and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters on the control of villages around Afrin.
IN THE spring of 2015 the rebel takeover of Idlib province in north-western Syria seemed to signal the beginning of the end for President Bashar al-Assad. Yet Idlib's fall may have ... As part of the deal, Turkey was to have forced the rebels it backs to hand over parts of eastern Idlib to the regime. In return, the ...
January 17, 2018 Homs, Syria--Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city.
Furthermore media linked to ISIS also claims that rebel forces have suffered casualties of six dead and 30 wounded; at least one prisoner was also taken and later executed. At the present time it is unclear whether or not clashes between ISIS militants and Syrian rebels in southern Damascus are still ...
Damascus, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government forces have become close to lay a siege on rebels in 1,200 square km in the countrysides of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo provinces in northern Syria, a monitor group reported on Saturday. The Syrian forces are advancing in the southeastern countryside ...
Damascus, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- A total of 500 families started returning to their homes on Saturday in the Beit Jin town south of Syria's capital Damascus, two weeks following the rebels' withdrawal from that area, state news agency SANA reported. The return of families to Beit Jin in the southwestern ...
Beirut, Lebanon (12:50 P.M.) - Heavy clashes have erupted between Islamic State militants and Syrian rebels in southern Damascus after the former attempted an operation this morning to seize the latter's positions in the Yalda district. According to reports from pro-government sources observing ...
The Russian military said Friday it has eliminated a group of rebels that had attacked Russia's air base in Syria. ... The province has become the key rallying point for various rebel factions after Syrian government forces reclaimed control over large swathes of territory thanks to Russian air cover. The drone ...
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitor of the conflict, also reported the death toll of 17, adding that Syrian and Russian aircraft had targeted several residential areas. The monitor said that a coalition of rebels and jihadists had surrounded the only Syrian-regime base in the enclave ...
Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus have killed at least 17 civilians, a war monitor has said. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. "Syrian and Russian aircraft on Saturday continued their ...
Damascus, Syria (04:15 PM) - After a long absence from the main battlefields in the Syrian civil war, militant rebel group Faylaq Al-Sham, linked to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), has shown up again in battle against the Syrian Army. In its first encounters with the Syrian armed forces since ...

The Russian news agency Kommersant is reporting that at least seven Russian planes were damaged or destroyed by rebel shelling in Syria, in one of the ... Reuters that "the front lines of Ghouta are witnessing battles and clashes and big losses inflicted on (Syrian President) Assad's forces and his militias.
A mortar attack on Russia's main military airbase in Syria is thought to have killed two servicemen and may have destroyed up to seven warplanes. The attack on the Hmeimim airbase, which is heavily protected and was thought to be beyond the range of rebel groups and those linked to al-Qaeda operating ...
At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria on 31 December, the Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources. If confirmed, the attack would mark the single biggest loss of military hardware for Russia since it launched ...
Altogether the Syrian Army has taken over some 85 square kilometers (33 square miles) out of 120 square kilometers that were in the rebels' control near the northern Golan border. The Syrian army is likely to take over the remaining area soon. rebel militia officials who were interviewed on opposition ...
Buses and ambulances are stationed in the town of Saassaa, Syria, to transport the rebels and their families, on Dec. 29, 2017. Hundreds of rebels and their families started evacuating their last strongholds in the southwestern countryside of Damascus on Friday to rebel-held areas in northern and southern ...
Mr. Erdogan's condemnation of Mr. Assad on Wednesday came as the Syrian leader appeared to allow a humanitarian breakthrough, albeit a small one, in the besieged Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, home to about 400,000 people and the only major rebel stronghold near Damascus.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted that Assad's December 2016 victory in Aleppo came only after the "death and the injury of hundreds of citizens" and a "massive displacement that included tens of thousands of civilians and fighters" from Aleppo to the rebel-held, northwestern province of Idlib ...
It remains unclear how IS secured the weaponry supplied by foreign powers to Syrian rebel groups: some could have been captured or sold by recipient militias, says a European official. rebel fighters say some weaponry was shared or bartered with jihadist factions which subsequently joined IS. Western ...
Syrian troops have retaken the strategic Abu al-Duhur military airport, located deep within the country's final major pocket of rebel territory that was recently ... Muslim militias, launched a rapid push into the northwestern province of Idlib, the final bastion of support for rebels that have tried to overthrow Syrian ...
In December, regime forces escalated their attacks on rebel-controlled suburbs of the Eastern Ghouta, where over 94 people were killed and at least 460 were injured in nine days only, according to the website Syria Direct. The region falls under a de-escalation deal brokered by Iran and Russia last May, ...
The US-led anti-ISIL coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, ... at the borders of the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria dominated by the YPG.
Opposition fighters prepare ammunition in the Al-Mushrifa area, near the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Syria's northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib, during ongoing clashes with pro-government forces on January 2, 2018. The Syrian military and its allies have made rapid advances since beginning their ...
Muslims gathered in Syrian mosques and Jews gathered at holy sites in Israel, both praying for rain as a drought threatened a region already plagued with ... against Syrian pro-government forces, which include Shiite Muslim militias supported by Iran, and offered support to rebel groups opposed to Assad.
Beirut, Lebanon (2:15 P.M.) - The al-Qaeda-linked Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham is preparing to leave the Beit Jinn pocket near Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh) for the first time in four years. Ten buses and ambulances provided by the Syrian government have already entered the town of Beit Jinn, where they ...
Altogether the Syrian Army has taken over some 85 square kilometers (33 square miles) out of 120 square kilometers that were in the rebels' control near the northern Golan border. The Syrian army is likely to take over the remaining area soon. rebel militia officials who were interviewed on opposition ...
Buses and ambulances are stationed in the town of Saassaa, Syria, to transport the rebels and their families, on Dec. 29, 2017. Hundreds of rebels and their families started evacuating their last strongholds in the southwestern countryside of Damascus on Friday to rebel-held areas in northern and southern ...
Beirut, Lebanon -- Turkey's leader denounced President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Wednesday as a terrorist mass murderer with no place in that country's postwar future, scrapping a softened ... Russia and Iran have always backed Mr. Assad, while Turkey supports some Syrian rebel groups. Despite ...
Damascus, Syria (5: 50 P.M.) - Islamist militants fighting the Syrian government forces in eastern Hama countryside claimed they have shot down a Syrian jet. The L-39 Albatros jet trainer was shot down by anti-aircraft machineguns while conducting combat mission over Um Haratain village, a rebel ...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted that Assad's December 2016 victory in Aleppo came only after the "death and the injury of hundreds of citizens" and a "massive displacement that included tens of thousands of civilians and fighters" from Aleppo to the rebel-held, northwestern province of Idlib ...
Syria's powerful Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units (YPG), has recaptured nearly all of the eastern Deir el-Zour countryside from "Islamic State" ... The YPG is the dominant member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias backed by the US that is fighting IS ...
Damascus, Syria (8:15 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is slowly but systematically pursuing pincers to break down the jihadist defensive line in northeastern Hama, ultimately looking to drive Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) into the Idlib Governorate. On Sunday, SAA contingents led by elements of the ...
[MAARAT-AL-NAASAN, Syria] In a rebel-held town in Syria's northwest, streams of crude oil are piped into a cylindrical tank to be primitively refined, ... on these primitively refined oil products to run his bakery because they are more affordable than those provided, irregularly, by the Syrian government.
Homs, Syria -- This city's last rebel stronghold, once a well-to-do neighborhood in Homs of wide streets and high-rise apartments, is today a ghost of its former self. After a siege by Syrian government forces that lasted three and a half years, only a fraction of the population remains in the area, known as Al ...
Hammuriyeh: A wave of Syrian air strikes today killed at least 25 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, a monitor said. The deadliest raids hit the town of Hammuriyeh, killing 17 civilians including six children, the Britain-based Syrian ...
Damascus, Syria (9:14 P.M.) - Video footage revealed intense bombardment of rebel positions in Zakat and Latamina in Hama's northern countryside. The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and MLRS launchers had targeted those towns in retaliation after militants launched grad rocket attacks on the ...
The exact type of missile or exactly which faction fired it are as yet unclear, though if it turns out to be a US-provided missile this may be another source of tension. Not that this is necessarily the case. While the US has indeed armed a lot of the rebel factions, the Syrian war started around the same time the ...
A UN chief has issued a desperate plea to Syria's government to allow 500 severely ill and starving people to leave a besieged region on the outskirts of Damascus, amid claims President ... The tightening of the siege on Eastern Ghouta echoes the Syrian government's tactics in rebel-held East Aleppo.
The UN urged the Syrian government to allow for the immediate evacuation of civilians from the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta, ... in Syria and located in one of four so-called "de-escalation zones", where fighting between regime forces and rebels was supposed to cease under a deal ...
A race against time is taking place there, regarding the booty left behind by fleeing ISIS forces, between the alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which unite a Kurdish militia with Sunni rebels and with the support of the United States, and Iran and the Shi'ite militias operating with its financial support ...
In short, the IRGC, which over the last seven years has established a strong presence in Syria through its various militias and local proxies, is anxious to ... it into open conflict with Russia and other Actors, including Rouhani, who might be more open to a multilateral political settlement to end the Syrian war.
The U.S. began arming members of the SDF -- an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias considered rebels by the Russian- and Iranian-backed Syrian ... and thousands of new M4 rifles, the same weapons wielded in combat by American troops -- would be closely tracked as they flowed into war-torn Syria.
Russia's U.N. envoy clashed with the world body's humanitarian chief as well as U.S. and other Western diplomats on Wednesday over extending the delivery of humanitarian aid across borders and conflict lines in Syria which has helped thousands of people in rebel-held areas. Russian Ambassador ...
But after what were described as "intensive contacts" between Russia and Syria over the past two days, the state-run Syrian Arab news agency reported ... Previous attempts to negotiate a political solution in Syria have broken down over rebel demands that Assad step down, and there appears to be little ...


 

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