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The civil war in Syria. It's been raging for seven years. The trigger for the war was pulled in March 2011. That's when Syrian government forces killed protesters demanding the release of political prisoners. anti-government violence rapidly spread, and the fighting hasn't let up. Neither have the daily ...
As 2018 began, it looked like the war in Syria might be drawing toward an ending that few in the international community wanted. Yes, ISIS was on the way to defeat as a conventional fighting force-but the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, backed by Russia and Iran, controlled more than half of the ...
The rebel-held Syrian region of the Eastern Ghouta has received its first aid delivery in almost three months. It comes after weeks of appeals from the United Nations to allow aid deliveries and the evacuation of hundreds of critically ill people. About 400,000 people live in the besieged enclave, east of Damascus, under ...
The fall of the eastern rebel-held side of Aleppo at the end of 2016 marked a turning point in Syria's civil war, shifting the tide of the conflict in President Bashar al-Assad's favour. With ISIS's caliphate dismantled after the battle for Raqqa last year, the other long-standing front in the Syrian theatre also began ...
And as Syria sees a new wave of international conflicts being fought within its borders, families fear they will never be free of the violence. ... elements of the war, there is still an ongoing battle among Syrians about who will control the country; but, new elements of the Syrian war are complicating this fight ...

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres stressed that "all concerned in Syria and the region have a responsibility and must abide by ... solution, in line with Security Council Resolution 2254, noting that it is the only way to end the violence and the terrible suffering of the Syrian people.
The Damascus suburbs, Idlib, Afrin and Deir Ezzor - the blood-soaked regions in Syria's seven-year civil war are the subject of near daily reports of airstrikes, chemical attacks and civilian massacres. The scars of the conflict stretch far and wide - across ethnic divides, religious sects and down family lines ...
Medics doused patients with water after a suspected chlorine attack, one of five in Syria since the start of the year. That was just a fraction of the violence this week in northern Syria, according to residents and rescue workers, as the Syrian government and its Russian ally stepped up their air war on two of ...
Two British men believed to be members of a notorious Islamic State group cell have been seized by Syrian Kurdish fighters, US officials say. Alexanda Kotey, 34, and El Shafee Elsheikh, 29, were the last two members of the cell to remain at large. The four, all from London, were nicknamed "the Beatles" because of their ...
The Islamic State is being routed from its strongholds, and the rebels who seek to topple President Bashar al-Assad are down to a few remaining pockets of land. But nearly seven years after it started, the war in Syria continues to defy attempts at resolution. It may continue for years. The war's complexity ...
the Pentagon said Russian Mercenaries were also killed, but Russia denies having personnel in the area. The strikes happened in the Middle Euphrates Valley, which serves as an informal demarcation line in eastern Syria. The government controls the western side and the US-backed Syrian Democratic ...
Turkish forces and their allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), say they have captured the town of Sheikh Horuz on the road to Afrin - a stronghold of the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG). The FSA have accused the YPG of expelling Syrian Arabs. Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal visited a military camp ...
Israeli warplanes have fired missiles at a Syrian military position near the capital, Damascus, Syrian media report. A Syrian military statement said its air defence systems blocked most of the missiles, but gave no further details. A monitor said ammunition depots in Jamraya were hit. It is the location of a ...
He left Syria for Lebanon and found work as a house painter, leaving his family behind. Mishaan al Abed sent money back to his wife and kids, who stayed outside the town of Abu Kamal, on the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS controlled Abu Kamal from the summer of 2014 until last November, when it was retaken ...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, said at least 30 people were killed in strikes in the Eastern Ghouta on Monday. Another 47 died in fresh attacks on Tuesday, it added, including suspected ground-to-ground missile strikes on the towns of Douma and Harasta.
Beyond Aleppo's bustling market, the cost of Syria's brutal civil war becomes clear ... But it's immediately clear from the picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad hanging from the ramparts of the citadel's tower who won the battle for this city, and perhaps the war that has engulfed Syria for seven years.

The Syria Civil Defence said three of its rescue workers were among the casualties from the attack on Saraqeb, in the north-western province of Idlib. The Syrian opposition said the bomb was dropped by a government helicopter. At least 20 people were reportedly killed in conventional government and ...
Separately, Human Rights Watch on Saturday accused Turkish border guards of firing on would-be asylum seekers trying to enter from Syria. A government official denied the accusation, saying Turkey had an "open-door policy". Turkey has taken more Syrian refugees than any other nation.
Off camera, reporters have been told that the US government believes the Syrian government still holds chemical weapons, Jordan said. While the use of chemical and biological agents has been rare since World War I, in recent years the Syrian government and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ...
Syrian government warplanes killed seven civilians and injured dozens of internally displaced people in Aleppo as air strikes and shelling intensified across rebel-held areas in Syria. Several air strikes and artillery shelling also took place in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the capital Damascus, on Friday as ...
Mr. Maarawi is among a small number of refugees who have come back to Syria from among the more than 5.4 million who fled their homeland since the civil war erupted in 2011. So far, they are just a trickle, numbering in the tens of thousands. The United Nations and host governments in Europe are not ...
Rather they are the mostly Arab fighters of the Free Syrian Army, once trained and assembled by the C.I.A. and Western allies to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. Since the routing of the Islamic State, alliances in Syria have been scrambled. The latest round of the conflict, in fact, features two ...
Walid Jabbour, like his colleagues, was making a record of the Syrian Army's war, as ruthless a struggle as any in the recent history of the Middle East. He was shot dead by a sniper - probably a Jabhat al-Nusra man - in the battle of Harasta in eastern Damascus. He was wearing a flak jacket. The bullet ...
The United Nations, United States, and other stakeholders in Syria should ensure that Syrian women have a seat at the table and an opportunity to help bring an end to Syria's war. The CFR interactive report includes additional in-depth case studies, as well as the first-ever index tracking women's ...
A Kurdish girl gestires during a protest against the Turkish attacks on Afrin, in Qamishli, Syria, on January 30. Last week, the Turkish military invaded Syria, joining the rebel Free Syrian Army in an attempt to oust U.S.-backed Kurds administering the region. Rodi Said/Reuters. Without explicitly urging fellow ...
Just look at Turkey's controversial offensive in Syria's northern region of Afrin, intended to extend Turkey's existing buffer zone inside the country and to evict ... There is also evidence - cited by US think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) - which suggests that Syrian government forces have allowed ...
Russia-hosted talks on the war in Syria are being held in Sochi without the representation of any major opposition group. Turkey-backed rebel figures have refused to leave the Russian city's airport in a last-minute protest. An amateur video obtained by Al Jazeera on Tuesday showed a group of Syrian ...
The operation has so far claimed the lives of 61 civilians in Afrin, three in Turkish towns along the border and five Turkish soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Turkish-led offensive has opened a new front in the civil war, which is far from over despite recent gains by Assad's ...
Turkish air strikes have seriously damaged an ancient temple in Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, the Syrian government and a monitoring group say. Pictures circulated online showed what appeared to be a crater in the centre of the Ain Dara site and rubble where there used to be carved basalt lions.
... ISIS; creating conditions for the return of Syrian refugees; eliminating the regime's Weapons of Mass Destruction; diminishing Iran's influence; and ending the Syrian civil war through "a UN-led political process, and a stable, unified, independent Syria, under post-Assad leadership... functioning as a state.".
"I fell in love, I don't know why," confesses Alaa al-Sayed with a lingering gaze towards his beloved. The object of affection for this Syrian historian is the ancient gate of Bab al-Nasr, the Victory Gate. Like the other historic entrances leading into a warren of cobbled lanes in Aleppo's old quarter, part of its ...
Inside Story began this year asking whether 2018 would see the end of the war in Syria that has lasted nearly seven years. Recent events would suggest the conflict is instead changing course. Turkey has launched air raids in the north as a direct response to the US decision to back a border security force ...
Since the Russian president intervened in Syria in 2015 to prop up Assad and secure strategic bases on the Mediterranean, he has shown a callous disregard for civilian lives matched only by his host. In his aerial bombing of rebel-held Syrian towns and cities, as in the siege of Aleppo in 2016, and in ...
Fifteen Syrian refugees - some of them children - have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were ... to flee the conflict at home. Lebanon, with a population of four million, has taken in nearly one million Syrians since the war began in 2011.
The YPG, or People's Protection Units, that Holmes and Hall joined in Syria has also been accused of shady affiliations. The group is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting ISIL, but it has links to the Turkish guerrilla group the PKK - an organisation whose decades long insurgency against the ...
Across Syria, buildings lie in ruin. Millions have fled their homes. And historic sites have been shattered, either by military bombardment or at the hands of the Islamic State. But Syrian authorities were hoping that foreign visitors would look past that devastation, as they promoted the country at an ...
But the goals in Syria are so sweeping they may be unattainable, thus leaving American troops there in perpetuity. As outlined by Mr. Tillerson, the administration intends that ISIS and al Qaeda "suffer an enduring defeat" and that Syria "never again" be a terrorist haven. It also wants the Syrian civil war ...
Mark Lowen, BBC Turkey correspondent, near border with Syria. In mid-afternoon the Turkish air strikes began, with plumes of smoke rising above Afrin. On the ground, Syrian rebel fighters backed by Turkey moved in, the military incursion rather inappropriately named Operation Olive Branch. President ...
He described a plan of "increased diplomatic action" and a "new emphasis on a political solution" for the Syrian civil war, which has killed at least half a million ... Tillerson said the administration also will maintain a small "conditions-based" military presence in Syria to track and kill the dwindling number of ...
In the desert of eastern Syria, not far from a town called Deir ez-Zor, there's reportedly a pile of stones surrounding a wooden board, with an Orthodox cross and an inscription burned into the wood: "2017. To the eternal memory of the warriors killed and missing in the SAR [Syrian Arab Republic]." The stone ...
Turkey's president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the "terror nests" of Afrin and Manbij. The areas are controlled by the Kurdish ...
Beirut -- The death of a Syrian opposition leader who was wounded in a hit-and-run outside his Damascus home has left his allies shaken and appears to have poisoned an already fractious peace process. Mounir Darwish, 80, was a leading member of Syria's internationally backed opposition movement ...
Key powers involved in Syria's civil war have criticised US plans to help an allied Kurdish-led militia set up a 30,000-strong "border security force". Turkey's president vowed to "suffocate" efforts to begin training members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and create what he called a "terror army".
Health workers said six people were treated for minor breathing problems. Some 400,000 locals have been under siege from Russian-backed government forces since 2013. There have been a number of reports of chlorine gas attacks since Syria's civil war broke out, but the government has always denied ...
Such incidents have proven extremely rare throughout Russia's two-year intervention in the Syrian conflict. ... steps to wind down the conflict by sponsoring negotiations between the Assad regime and the remnants of the opposition -- while drawing down its own military presence in the war-torn country.
Six years of civil war has left most of Syria, a country once known for its ancient cities, in ruins. On the battlefield, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces continue to fight a loose, and increasingly diminished collection of anti-government rebels. While in the country's east, coalition forces have crippled a ...
Israeli raids and air strikes have recently increased deep into the Syrian territories. According to Israeli media and research centres reports, these attacks target Iranian weapons before parts of them are transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The reports state that the missiles are particularly advanced and ...
Some 100,000 Syrian civilians have been displaced by a government offensive on the country's largest remaining rebel stronghold, the United Nations says. Since the start of November, fighting and air strikes have intensified in the north-western province of Idlib and neighbouring parts of Hama and ...
This young Syrian refugee, shown here talking with a neighbour, fled Homs and now lives with her three sons in a dark, damp one-room garage originally intended to be a shop, in an alleyway with other similar shelters, in Ghazieh, Saida, Lebanon (file). Photo: UNHCR/Sebastian Rich ...


 

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