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Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.

The UN Security Council has voted to renew life-saving cross-border aid to rebel-held areas in Syria despite Russia arguing the deliveries undermine Damascus's sovereignty.

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

Mona Alami

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.

Hunger at Damascus’ door as Assad blocks aid

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Hunger at Damascus’ door as Assad blocks aid

Photos from Eastern Ghouta show children gaunt with hunger, their skin wrinkled and aged. Mothers are not producing milk and people are ...

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

Paul McLoughlin

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

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

The New Arab & agencies

17 Arab region World Heritage sites are 'in danger'

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.

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Syria regime to 'join peace talks' in Geneva

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

The New Arab & agencies

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

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

US urges UN to maintain Syria chemical experts

The top US, British, French and German diplomats urged the Security Council Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with ...

Meeting pioneering war-crimes prosecutor Payam Akhavan

Hadani Ditmars

Meeting pioneering war-crimes prosecutor Payam Akhavan

Q&A: The international legal expert talks to Hadani Ditmars about how paying hypocritical lip-service to human rights leads to a rise in ...

Mona Alami

IS' defeat in Deir az-Zour will not end extremism

Comment: The lack of stability and employment prospects mean that the door to extremism will remain open, even after IS' defeat in the region, ...

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna Mrie.

<em>Aleppo</em> to Mosul: The destruction of Iraq and Syria

Paul Iddon

Aleppo to Mosul: The destruction of Iraq and Syria

Analysis: The destruction of the Sunni cities of Iraq and Syria underlines the terrible price imposed on civilians, notes Paul Iddon.

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Paul McLoughlin

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Syrian rebel group Nour al-Din al-Zinki has walked away from the radical umbrella group as tensions between two rival opposition camps threaten ...

Nearly half a million displaced Syrians return home

The New Arab & agencies

Nearly half a million displaced Syrians return home

Since January, about 440,000 people who had been displaced within the war-ravaged country had returned to their homes, mainly in ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in Raqqa

United Nations war crimes investigators expressed alarm on Wednesday at the "staggering" number of civilian deaths, as US-backed forces battle to oust IS from its Syrian stronghold.

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian government 'using suffering as a war tactic'

The UN humanitarian chief says thousands of Syrians in at least 10 communities are facing suffering as the regime denies aid to the needy and ...

James Denselow

The Middle East's graveyard cities

Comment: As the battle for Mosul reaches its zenith, it's worth considering the huge scale of the reconstruction challenge ahead, writes James ...

The New Arab

UN: Sarin gas found in Khan Sheikhoun probe samples

An international chemical weapons watchdog has found traces of sarin gas in samples from the April 4 attack on the northern Syrian town of Khan ...

Assad turns to Iran to help 'stabilise' battered economy

Mona Alami

Assad turns to Iran to help 'stabilise' battered economy

Comment: Syria's economic situation remains in dire straits, but relative 'stability' in regime-held areas has seen Assad turn to Iran for new ...

Sam Hamad

The poisonous 'peace process' is an insult to Syrians

Comment: Geneva is irrelevant because it presupposes that Assad wants peace, while the rebels know that every aspect of his regime is geared ...

Damascus suburb evacuation deal suspended after regime breaks agreement

The New Arab

Damascus suburb evacuation deal suspended after regime breaks agreement

Syrian opposition officials say they are suspending a deal to transfer civilians out of a northern Damascus suburb after the regime went back on ...

Labour's cluelessness on Syria is not an innocent mistake

Imogen Lambert

Labour's cluelessness on Syria is not an innocent mistake

Labour uses opposition to intervention as a false argument for sparing the Syrian regime from accountability, while many of its symbols ...

Guterres: Syria forced evacuations 'may be a war crime'

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Guterres: Syria forced evacuations 'may be a war crime'

UN chief warns parties involved in evacuating civilians that forced displacement is only permissible for guaranteeing safety or 'for imperative ...

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