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An offensive on Idlib province appears to be a question of when not if, according to details of the draft released today.

Analysis: The deal has bought more time for international diplomacy, but Syrians remain wary - and who could blame them?

Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

The New Arab & agencies

Putin, Erdogan agree Idlib plan

Russia and Turkey have come to a deal on Idlib, north Syria, where Russia was expected to support a regime offensive.

Russia, Turkey agree to create demilitarised zone in Idlib

The New Arab & agencies

Russia, Turkey agree to create demilitarised zone in Idlib

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the agreement between Putin and Erdogan meant no military action would be taken against Idlib.

Free Syria's police brace for regime's Idlib offensive

Paul McLoughlin

Free Syria's police brace for regime's Idlib offensive

As the Assad regime readies for an offensive on Idlib province, the Free Syrian Police say they will continue to protect civilians.

James Snell

A graveyard's quiet looms over Syria's Idlib

Comment: In Idlib, as in Daraa, the world will choose to remain passive while brutal violence tears lives apart, writes James Snell.

Omar Sabbour

I see you, Bashar al-Assad

Comment: Assad may have finely tuned his propaganda machine, but history must remember him for what he is; a traitor of the Syrian people, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Regime, Russian strikes bombard Syria's Idlib, destroying hospital

Air strikes and barrel bombs have knocked out two hospitals in two days, and at least ten civilians have been killed.

The New Arab & agencies

Four killed as 'violent' air raids pound Syria's Idlib

Russian air strikes and regime barrel bombs hit the rebel-held enclave in the space of three hours.

Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington

Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Around three million people live in the rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, report Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington.

The New Arab & agencies

Across the globe, fears mount over impending Idlib bloodbath

An international chorus of rights groups and governments is pleading the Syrian regime and its allies to resist launching an offensive to retake ...

Two pro-regime fighters killed in Damascus airport strike: monitor

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Two pro-regime fighters killed in Damascus airport strike: monitor

Mazzeh airbase was hit by a "possible Israeli missile", a monitoring group said, while Syrian state media blamed the explosions on an electrical ...

Idlib assault puts one million children at risk: UNICEF

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Idlib assault puts one million children at risk: UNICEF

Some children have been uprooted seven times already, the UN agency's director of emergency programmes said.

Suicide attack kills two policemen near Iraq's Kirkuk

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Suicide attack kills two policemen near Iraq's Kirkuk

A suicide bomber has killed at least two policemen at a checkpoint near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Syrian regime planning 'phased' offensive on rebel-held Idlib

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Syrian regime planning 'phased' offensive on rebel-held Idlib

The UN has warned an assault on Idlib "has the potential to create a humanitarian emergency at a scale not yet seen" in Syria's war.

The New Arab

Scores killed in suicide attack on western Iraq town

A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in the town of al-Qaim in western Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people, five of them security personnel, police said.

The New Arab & agencies

UN says Idlib offensive could spark 'worst humanitarian emergency'

The UN's director of humanitarian operations has urged Security Council members to act fast to avoid an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe ...

The New Arab

US woman charged with helping Islamic State

The US Justice Department said a woman on Thursday was charged with providing material support to the jihadist group in Syria.

The New Arab

UN investigators begin probe of IS crimes in Iraq

Investigators from the UN have begun collecting evidence on the massacres of the Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic ...

Syria jihadist leader vows to fight regime Idlib offensive

The New Arab

Syria jihadist leader vows to fight regime Idlib offensive

The leader of the main jihadist group in the last Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib has vowed to fight against a possible regime offensive.

Paul Iddon

Idlib: Will Syria's last major battle be its deadliest?

The last major redoubt held by Assad's opponents in Idlib may become the site for the fiercest fighting and devastation in the Syrian conflict ...

Russia says drone attacks on Syria base have increased

The New Arab & agencies

Russia says drone attacks on Syria base have increased

The Hemeimim base in the province of Latakia serves as the main hub for Russian operations in Syria.

Iraqi airstrike destroys Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

The New Arab

Iraqi airstrike destroys Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

An Iraqi airstrike killed a number of Islamic State militants and destroyed the group's operations room in neighbouring Syria, authorities said ...

Iraq executes six for 'shedding Iraqi blood'

The New Arab

Iraq executes six for 'shedding Iraqi blood'

Iraq's justice ministry on Thursday said six criminals were hanged for shedding the blood of Iraqi citizens.

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