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

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

UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in Raqqa

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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.

Syrian government 'using suffering as a war tactic'

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 ...

The Middle East's graveyard cities

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 Sheikhoun.

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 ...

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

Syrians tell Trump: 'Chemical weapons aren't our only problem'

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al-Shimale

Syrians tell Trump: 'Chemical weapons aren't our only problem'

In-depth: Syrians are far from confident that US missile strikes against Assad are more than a publicity stunt to benefit a flagging Washington ...

Russia still backing Syrian regime despite horrific sarin attack

Robert Cusack

Russia still backing Syrian regime despite horrific sarin attack

Moscow reaffirmed its support for the Syrian regime's military despite the horrific killing of scores of civilians in a chemical attack on a ...

US tells Russia it's time to re-think Assad support

The New Arab

US tells Russia it's time to re-think Assad support

The US Secretary of State has warned Russia to re-think its support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime after it was blamed for a major chemical ...

The international community has failed Syria's children once again

Mona Alami

The international community has failed Syria's children once again

Comment: The toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun this week is clear evidence of Assad's impunity, and the international community's disregard for ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrians trapped in besieged areas 'face horrific threat'

Military operations in populated towns and villages in Hama, Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo, Daraa, Raqqa and Deir Az-Zour governorates 'have killed and injured hundreds of civilians over the past weeks.'

The New Arab

Turkey concludes Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria

Turkey on Wednesday said its "Euphrates Shield" military campaign in northern Syria had been "successfully concluded".

James Denselow

The battle to rebuild Syria

Comment: Despite recent violence reminding us that the Syrian conflict is by no means over, debate is raging around how the country will be ...

Tara Sepehri Far

Iran should pressure Syria to stop chemical attacks

Comment: On the anniversary of the Halabja massacre in the Iraq-Iran war, Tehran should honour its own victims of chemical weapons attacks, ...

Does Turkey want to build a new Syrian army?

Paul Iddon

Does Turkey want to build a new Syrian army?

Analysis: Turkey's interests in Syria are many, and it may seek to use its FSA allies as a proxy in the north-west when Ankara eventually ...

The New Arab

Hundreds of doctors 'tortured and executed' by Syrian regime

A new report, released for the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, showcases the horrific impact of regime atrocities against healthcare ...

Weapons sales: The key to Russia's Middle East agenda

Stasa Salacanin

Weapons sales: The key to Russia's Middle East agenda

Analysis: Moscow is seeking to expand its influence in the region, but it will have to play the long-game given the current geopolitical ...

UN Security <em>Council</em> to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions

The New Arab & agencies

UN Security Council to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions

The council will vote on Tuesday on the text drafted by the US, Britain and France to punish 11 Syrians and 10 entities linked to ...

Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

Martin Armstrong

Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

While Sunday's Oscar signalled recognition of the rescue organisation's life-saving work, on the ground in Syria it was business as usual in a ...

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