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The ongoing Turkish-led Euphrates Shield operation against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), backed by allied Syrian rebel groups and U.S. air cover, has led opposition groups to issue a number of competing fatwas (religious rulings). Ahrar al-Sham ...
Beirut, Lebanon - Russian and Syrian warplanes halted their bombardment of rebel-held districts in Aleppo on Tuesday, in what Russia called a gesture of good will ahead of an eight-hour unilateral "humanitarian pause" it has promised for Thursday.

Exclusive: As the U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq, begins, the mainstream U.S. media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties but the opposite rules apply to Syria's Aleppo, reports Robert Parry. ... It is a ...
Russia says regional states have agreed to push rebel fighters away from Nusra militants in Aleppo. At least 430 ... Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have agreed to military talks with the United States and Russia on efforts to distance Syrian opposition ...
As ISIS awaits one major assault in Mosul, Iraq, the self-declared caliphate has lost its control of a symbolic stronghold in north Syria. The Free Syrian Army, a Turkish-backed faction, on Sunday took back the town of Dabiq from ISIS, Turkish state ...
Secretary of State John Kerry says all options remain open for the U.S. and its allies in Syria, but he admits the United States and Europe have no 'big appetite' for military action, even as Russia refuses to back down.

The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, took Dabiq, in northwestern Syria about nine miles from the Turkish border, and neighboring Soran after clashes on Sunday morning, said Ahmed Osman, the leader of one of the Free Syrian Army factions ...
Damascus, Syria (3:40 P.M.) - The Islamist rebels officially surrendered both the Hamah and Qudsiyah suburbs of Damascus to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Friday morning. This move comes just two weeks after the civilians in both Hamah and ...
A Russian blogger and traveler, who was abducted in Syria three years ago, has finally been reunited with his family after being held in captivity in northern Syria and then, allegedly, in Turkey, by an armed rebel groups affiliated with Jabhat al ...
Aleppo, Syria (4:15 P.M.) - Yesterday, a government delegation met with a group of rebel commanders to discuss the possible surrender of several neighborhoods in east Aleppo.
Senior commanders in the Sunni Palestinian Quds Brigade, known as the Liwa Al Quds or the Syrian Arab Army Fedayeen, have been photographed receiving medals from Russian military officers for battlefield action.
At least 20 people, most of them rebels, were killed in a car bomb attack on Thursday that targeted an opposition checkpoint in northern Syria. The blast - which hit a checkpoint run by a Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliate near the city of Azaz, near the ...
rebel fighter by day, artist by night - a young Syrian's street art offers a sharp commentary on the country's civil war.
FILE - This Sept. 1, 2016 file photo provided by the Syria Press Center (SPC), an anti-government media group, shows rescue workers using a bulldozer to remove a burned van after airstrikes that killed a dozen people west of the town of Suran in Hama ...
The BBC has also learned that an underground railroad is being created in Syria, with other rebel groups and British and European intelligence services, to find, capture and return IS supporters.
The Syrian Army managed today to fully recapture Al-Reyhan town deep in the rebel stronghold of the Eastern Ghouta region after severe battles with the Islamist militants.

The Syrian state news agency SANA also reported the attack, saying that "terrorists" have intentionally bombed the school "to terrify people in government-held areas".
At least five children were killed by rebel fire on a school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa on Tuesday, state media said.
Despite losing ground inside Aleppo city itself, Syrian rebel factions have seized over a hundred villages from ISIS in Aleppo's northern countryside during a major Turkish-backed offensive dubbed operation 'Euphrates Shield'.
"Instead of investing energy in peace and diplomacy, you have instead supported, facilitated and cooperated with the Syrian regime to retake and destroy any areas standing against Assad," said Rycroft before the Security Council. "Killing off ...
Syrian opposition groups have expressed dismay at the decision by former al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham to accept hardliners Jund al-Aqsa into their ranks, despite the latter repeatedly clashing with other Syrian rebel groups. The announcement ...
Syria's main opposition group called on Monday for foreign allies to supply rebel forces with man-portable anti-aircraft missiles to counter deadly air raids in Aleppo.
The Syrian and Russian governments are seeking to end the insurgent presence in Aleppo before the end of the year, an official Syrian source has told The Irish Times. This is because there is ... their presence in east Aleppo. The army has pledged not ...
Syrian government forces continued their offensive on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, after the U.N. Security Council failed to pass a resolution Saturday on a truce to end the deadly bombing of the city.
Damascus, Syria (2:30 P.M.) - For almost five years, the Al-Hamah suburb of Damascus was a war-zone that left thousands of civilians stranded between the Islamist rebels and Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Tired of war, the Syrian civilians in Al-Hamah ...
Jund al-Aqsa, a US-designated terrorist organisation, launched a series of attacks against the Salafist Ahrar al-Sham opposition group as fighting continues between a coalition of Syrian rebels and the Assad government. In response to the infighting ...
Syrian rebels faced two major setbacks as pro-government forces and the Islamic State group militants - in unrelated incidents - recaptured a number of towns and villages from the anti-regime fighters.
Damascus, Syria (9:40 A.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a new assault inside the Damascus suburb of Al-Hamah on Friday after the Islamist rebels violated the peace agreement set forth earlier this week. According to an Al-Masdar field ...
"This morning regime forces tried to take over several points in the Skeikh Saeed area, but rebel forces managed to push them out, taking more than 10 fighters prisoners, all of them from Iraqi Shia militias," Ibrahim Abu Leith, spokesman for the Syria ...
GENEVA - The top United Nations diplomat for the Syria conflict proposed a new truce on Thursday, in hopes of averting what he called the destruction of rebel-held eastern Aleppo by Russian and Syrian forces. He offered to personally escort the ...
Beirut (Reuters) - Syrian government forces seized around half of a key opposition-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Thursday in a new advance against rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The British-based Observatory ...
Now, the five-year civil war that rages in Syria has left much of it destroyed and divided roughly in two, with President Bashar al-Assad's forces controlling the west and the rebels the east. A month ago, government forces re-imposed a siege on the ...
Damascus (AFP) - Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Thursday warned rebels in Aleppo that unless they agreed to a deal with the government, his forces would have "no option" but to expel them from the city.
Minneapolis - A prominent mainstream British newspaper blamed the Syrian government for the recent death of a competitive swimmer in Aleppo, despite evidence that the shelling which took her life was launched by Western-backed rebel forces. ... Other ...
As Islamic State has lost fighters and territory over the last year, an al Qaeda-founded militant group in Syria has grown in strength, establishing a reputation as the most ferocious fighting force against Bashar Assad's government.
According Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr, reporting from Turkey's Gaziantep on the border with Syria: "Atmeh is a border crossing that [Syrian] rebels use to move from one area of northern Syria to another; because, as of late, the [Syrian] government cuts ...
The U.N. envoy for Syria says only an estimated 8,000 rebel fighters are holed up in the eastern parts of Aleppo amid a government offensive in this northern Syrian city - and that no more than 900 insurgents there are from the al-Qaida affiliate in ...
An alliance of Syrian Arab rebel groups, supported by Turkish air strikes, tanks and special forces, launched an operation to drive IS militants and Syrian Kurdish fighters from an area along Turkey's border with Syria in late August. Since then, they ...
The battalion said it will join Jabhet Fateh al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front), al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, to continue fight the Syrian government troops. Both Suqour al-Jabal Brigade and Division 13 have received U.S.-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles.
Damascus (AFP) - Syria's military announced Wednesday it is reducing its bombardment of rebels in devastated Aleppo, in a surprise move nearly two weeks after declaring an all-out assault to capture the city.
Beirut (AP) - Syria's military command said it would scale back its bombardment of the contested city of Aleppo on Wednesday to allow civilians to evacuate besieged rebel-held neighborhoods. The announcement ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory ...
Damascus, Syria (8:30 P.M.) - Preliminary reports from the Damascus suburb of Al-Hamah indicate that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels have accepted the reconciliation proposal set forth by the Syrian government. According to an Al-Masdar ...
IS-controlled Dabiq first came under threat from Kurdish rebels this year; the Kurds backed off after IS rushed in 800 more fighters.
Damascus, Syria (7:05 P.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army's 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Palestine Liberation army (PLA), continued their large-scale offensive in the East Ghouta region of rural ...
"If the Islamists take over, then all the religious minorities in Syria will be oppressed, they'll be second class citizens," he says.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has released a new video allegedly showing Free Syrian Army rebels being executed by its militants. The video released on Tuesday showed ISIS masked militants threatening more executions of "any Muslim ...
Syrian government tanks crossed the frontline in the battleground city of Aleppo for the first time in four years, as a Russian-backed offensive to retake the rebel-held east escalated on the ground. pro-government forces ... A day earlier, Washington ...
The death toll among the Syrian rebels near the Turkish border is the highest since Turkey sent troops and tanks into Syria in August to help rebels recapture IS strongholds in the area and curb the advance of a Syrian Kurdish militia, which Ankara ...
A monitoring group said more than 400 civilians have been killed in and around Aleppo since the collapse of a U.S. and Russian-brokered cease-fire two weeks ago, mainly in the rebel-held east. In central ... The death toll among the Syrian rebels near ...


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