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We review the key developments in Syria, including more than 1,000 people, among them hundreds of fighters, evacuating a town in Eastern Ghouta as part of a Russian-backed deal and airstrikes on Idlib province killing more than 30 people.
It opens a link between parts of northern Syria, where Turkish forces maintain a presence, and the rebel-held western province of Idlib, where Turkey has been steadily expanding its presence. About two million people live in Idlib, half of them displaced from elsewhere in Syria, and they are under ...
Buses carrying the fighters and their families entered the northwestern province after their evacuation from the rebel-held town of Harasta in Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. An AFP reporter at a camp for the displaced in the Maaret al-Ikhwan area ... Syria Idlib

... will allow civilians and fighters to either leave for northern Syria or remain in their homes and reconcile with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, with guarantees from Moscow that they will not be prosecuted for opposition activities. In effect, the deal will displace thousands of civilians to the northern ...
Russian jets launched airstrikes on a district in Syria's Idlib province on Thursday, killing 42 civilians and leaving scores injured. Mustafa Haj Yousuf ... At least 98 people have been killed, 134 others were injured by airstrikes in opposition-held parts of Idlib and Hama provinces in the last two weeks. ...
Russian jets launched airstrikes on a district in Syria's Idlib province on Thursday, killing at least 42 civilians and leaving scores injured. Mustafa Haj ... At least 98 people have been killed, 134 others were injured by airstrikes in opposition-held parts of Idlib and Hama provinces in the last two weeks. ...
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli airstrikes destroyed in 2007 an alleged nuclear facility in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, which was on final stages of its ... the Israeli Air Force destroyed a nuclear facility in its last stages of construction in the Deir ez-Zor region in Syria, 280 miles north-east of Damascus. Bombing
The Pentagon has warned that the Afrin offensive has disrupted the fight against Islamic State remnants in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province. Some 20,000 Kurdish fighters from the US-sponsored Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have travelled west from SDF-held territory to reinforce Afrin's defenders. Bombing
WASHINGTON — U.S.-backed ground operations against Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria have been put on hold because Kurds who had spearheaded combat against the extremists have shifted to a separate fight with Turkish forces, U.S. officials said Monday. The public acknowledgement of what ... Bombing
A Syrian soldier stands guard in the recently liberated Nashabiyeh town in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region, eastern countryside of Damascus, capital ... MOSCOW, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia registered 12 truce breaches in three Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry ... Bombing
The Week in Photos: From a Refugee Camp in Syria to the Holi Festival in India ... fled their homes in the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, carry boxes of humanitarian aid supplied by the United Nations Children's Fund at a refugee camp in Syria's northeastern Hassakeh province on February 26th, 2018. Bombing
A RUSSIAN Sukhoi-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib. The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected but was killed in a ground fight. Video posted on social media appears to show the plane being hit, while other video shows burning ... Bombing
Scores of civilians have lost their lives or sustained injuries when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out a series of aerial assaults in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah. Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria's official news agency ... Bombing
Press releases and stories have described him as “one of Syria's most renowned military commanders,” and have depicted his Tiger Forces as invincible. In the summer of 2017, for instance, Russian Ka-52 helicopters conducted a night-time air raid on an ISIS target in the province of Deir Ezzour, clearing ... Bombing

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkish soldiers cleared Rajo in Afrin district of "terrorists." He says the Kurdish fighters have been pushed back from the border with Turkey and are now surrounded in Afrin. Yildirim was speaking at a rally in the central Konya province. The Syrian Observatory for Human ... Bombing
BEIRUT — Turkish air force hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters in an escalation of violence in a region where Turkey has been on the offensive for more than a month, Syrian activists said Friday. Bombing
On February 7, in the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, the US army bombed fighters who were advancing towards oil installations held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed rebel coalition. Shortly afterwards, the Pentagon said these fighters could be "Russian mercenaries". Moscow is trying ... Bombing
AT THE start of its offensive against Kurdish insurgents in Syria's Afrin province last month, Turkey's prime minister, Binali Yildirim, held a morning briefing with more than a dozen editors of the country's leading news outlets. According to accounts of the meeting, the journalists were provided with guidelines ... Bombing
About a week later, Syrian regime forces, with Russian and Iranian support, launched an offensive on rebel-held Idlib province. ... in January 2017 called Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) have a small presence in Eastern Ghouta and declining influence in Idlib, northern Hama, and western Aleppo provinces. Bombing
The International Committee of the Red Cross decried the reported bombing of medical facilities in Hama and Idlib Provinces, where the majority of hospitals ... One is the mostly rural province of Idlib, on Syria's northwestern border, where the newborns were evacuated from a burning hospital last week. Bombing
The fight between Turkish forces and US-backed SDF fighters in northwest Syria's Afrin province appears to be in a tailspin. Turkish forces have reportedly killed more than a hundred civilians, mutilated US-backed SDF fighters, and even indiscriminately shot at displaced civilians attempting to flee into ... Bombing
A Russian Sukhoi-25 ground-attack aircraft has been shot down in a rebel-held area in Syria's north-western province of Idlib. The Russian defence ministry said the pilot had ejected into an area believed to be controlled by the jihadist Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance. Although he survived the crash he was ... Bombing
Beirut — A family of nine was killed in a Syrian government strike on eastern Ghouta, a war monitor said on Monday, as Russia said a truce demanded by the UN Security Council would take effect only when all sides agreed how to implement it. Fighting has continued in Syria since Saturday's Security ... Bombing
“I'd rather drop my parents off in our village in Wadih al-Qalaa,” in the government-controlled province of Latakia, said 29-year-old Karim. “They'll be safer there, and I can bring them back as soon as it's calm in their neighborhood,” he told AFP. According to the Observatory, the regime began dispatching ... Bombing
The Assad regime, which has gained the upper hand in the war, is now focusing on aggressively attacking rebel enclaves east of Damascus and in the northern Idlib province. But it is also gradually bolstering its presence in southern Syria, including in the Syrian Golan Heights. And accordingly, Israel its ... Bombing
A sign reads 'Welcome to the city of Afrin' in Kurdish and Arabic, in northwestern Syria's Aleppo province on February 19, 2018. 3:33 p.m.. Turkey accelerates ... Temporary base erected in Afrin ahead of reported deal between pro-Syrian government forces and YPG on February 19, 2018. Video: Ruptly. Bombing
At least five people have been killed by a car bomb in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province. According to Syria's official news agency SANA on Sunday, at least seven people were also injured in the blast, which shook the al-Gharbi neighborhood of the town of Qamishli. The so-called Syrian Observatory ... Bombing
He said that Russian officers whom the United States coordinated with were apparently unaware of the February 7 attack in the Deir al-Zor Province, according to a ... Associates of Russian mercenaries fighting alongside Syrian government forces have said that there were large-scale casualties among the ... Bombing
The lowest number of Syrians, a mere 49, live in the Bayburt province in the Black Sea region. Over 228,000 Syrians are living in 21 camps in 10 provinces of Turkey, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency's report published in January. In March 2016, Turkey and the EU signed a refugee deal that ... Bombing
But since arriving in the provinces of Hama and Idlib in recent months, ISIS fighters have also attacked regime forces, capturing and killing a number of Syrian soldiers last month. On January 24, the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency posted a video purporting to show two Syrian soldiers who had been ... Bombing
On 14-15 September 2017, at the sixth round of the Russian-led Astana talks geared toward ending or at least containing the Syrian war, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to demarcate a “de-escalation zone” in Idlib and adjacent slices of territory in other provinces. Yet the three “guarantors” of this accord ... Bombing
The International Committee of the Red Cross decried the reported bombing of medical facilities in Hama and Idlib Provinces, where the majority of hospitals ... One is the mostly rural province of Idlib, on Syria's northwestern border, where the newborns were evacuated from a burning hospital last week. Bombing
Syria's state media say the U.S.-led coalition has bombed government-backed troops in eastern Syria, citing reports of dozens killed and wounded. The official state news agency SANA reported on Thursday that the overnight attack hit tribal fighters in Khusham, a town in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province. Bombing
A leading Russian lawmaker condemned on Thursday the deadly U.S. coalition strikes against pro-Syrian government forces, which reportedly attacked a Pentagon-backed militia near the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. The U.S.-led coalition claimed Wednesday that its allied Syrian Democratic Forces ... Bombing
Further complicating the situation, the US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias have recently become collateral targets of the Turkish army, which alongside another umbrella organization, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), continues to advance into the Syrian province of Afrin. 'Operation Olive Branch' ... Bombing
Residents in parts of Syria have been experiencing some of the most terrifying days of their seven-year-long war. This week, the Syrian government and its Russian ally pummeled towns and villages in the opposition-held northern Syrian province of Idlib with air attacks. A relentless series of payloads were ... Bombing
Fighting between Turkish forces and US-backed SDF fighters in Syria's Afrin province is getting more dire. Reports and videos have emerged of Turkish forces mutilating YPG fighters and shooting at fleeing civilians. YPG fighters have also taken out multiple Turkish tanks and armored vehicles. Bombing
Nearly 200 civilians have reportedly been killed in Syrian government airstrikes launched in the past 37 days as part an offensive to retake territory in the northwest province of Idlib, the last province in the war-torn country remaining in the hands of insurgents battling to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Bombing
The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS announced Tuesday that it carried out a major airstrike in the southeastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, claiming to have killed 150 militants. Once commonplace, strikes like this have become relatively rare. According to the independent monitoring group Airwars, the ... Bombing
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand its operation against Kurdish forces in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which ... Syrian opposition fighters walk through Syria in front of Turkish troops near the Syrian border at Hassa, Hatay province, on January 22, 2018. Bombing
After failed attempts to ensure its interests were safeguarded by the major players in the war next door, Israel is pushing to implement the second phase of its “safe-zone” project — an attempt to expand a buffer ranging out from the occupied Golan Heights deeper into the southern Syrian provinces of ... Bombing
Two rockets fired from Syria landed in the Turkish border provinces of Kilis and Hatay on Jan. 23, according to a security source and the Kilis Governor's Office. The rocket attack came after Turkey launched an operation in the Syrian province of Afrin against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units ... Bombing
After declaring victory over the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) late last year, the Syrian military, backed by Russian warplanes and Iran-backed, Shiite 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 ... Bombing
(CNN) Turkey warned the United States before carrying out airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province, Defense Secretary James ... The land operation comes as YPG missiles fired from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on Sunday, according to Turkey's Deputy Prime ... Bombing
(CNN) Turkey warned the United States before carrying out airstrikes against U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin province, Defense Secretary James ... The land operation comes as YPG missiles fired from Syria hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli on Sunday, according to Turkey's Deputy Prime ... Bombing
Syrian government forces in the village of Obeid, in the southern part of Aleppo province, January 18, 2018, as they advance towards the Abu Duhur military airport in the ongoing offensive against opposition fighters. GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty. The five objectives are closely interrelated and reflect a ... Bombing
A German rapper who became a notorious militant for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and reportedly married an undercover FBI translator was killed in a strike in eastern Syria, according to a U.S.-based monitoring group. SITE Intelligence, a company that tracks online jihadi activity, reported the ... Bombing


 

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