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President Assad 'humiliated' on Syrian soil by Russian soldiers

13 December, 2017

Syrian activists have shared a video clip that appears to show President Assad being prevented from following Vladimir Putin during a visit to a Russian airbase in Latakia.

IS driven out of Syria's Idlib after 'regime-enabled' incursion

11 December, 2017

IS have been driven out of Idlib province, days after making an incursion into the region bordering Turkey, but activists claim the regime is assisting IS against rebel groups there.

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

04 December, 2017

The Free Syrian Police programme's administrators say the UK government's decision to suspend funding over a contentious BBC documentary will benefit extremist groups.

17 Arab region World Heritage sites are 'in danger'

01 December, 2017

Seventeen of the 82 World Heritage sites in the Arab region are on a "danger" list due to conflict, Audrey Azoulay, the new head of UNESCO, has warned.

Syria regime to 'join peace talks' in Geneva

28 November, 2017

A Syrian foreign ministry official says a government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday to take part in direct peace talks with the opposition.

Russian strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria's Deir az-Zour

27 November, 2017

At least 53 civilians, including 21 children, died on Sunday when Russian air strikes hit residential buildings in a village held by Islamic State militants.

Eastern Ghouta: A ghetto of hunger and fear

24 November, 2017

Comment: Despite the brutal reality of life under siege, Abdelmalik remains resolutely opposed to the kind of sectarianism upon which Assad has thrived, writes Sam Hamad.

The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

23 November, 2017

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia leaders banned from running for election.

Russia claims body exposing Assad's chemical weapons crimes 'dead'

23 November, 2017

Russia has been highly critical of the JIM's findings that the brutal Syrian government, its close ally, used chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015.

Turkish troops, Kurdish militia clash in Idlib

21 November, 2017

Kurdish militia fighters, YPG, fired five mortars at an observation post in Idlib staffed by Turkish troops to which the Turkish army fired back at the YPG

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