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Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

President Donald Trump administration is halting the CIA's covert programme to equip and train rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Clashes erupt in Idlib province threatening Syrian rebel truce

Paul McLoughlin

Clashes erupt in Idlib province threatening Syrian rebel truce

A fragile truce between two of Syria's biggest rebel groups is on the verge of breaking, as fresh clashes erupted between the two sides in Idlib province.

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 ...

Syrian rebel groups clash in troubled Idlib province

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Syrian rebel groups clash in troubled Idlib province

Syrian rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham have clashed in Idlib province, following weeks of tensions between two of the ...

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Morocco jails six for hailing Russian envoy Ankara murder

A court in Morocco has sentenced six people to one year in jail for hailing the December 2016 assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in Ankara.

Loubna Mrie

Opposing Assad doesn't make you an al-Qaeda supporter

Comment: Western media tends to portray fighting in Syria as between Assadists and jihadists, but the revolutionaries resisting both sides must ...

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Food aid deliveries expanded in Syria's Raqqa

Aid deliveries in parts of Syria's Raqqa province resumed for the first time in three years using a newly-opened land route, the UN's World Food ...

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Russian soldier killed in Syria's Hama province

Captain Nikolay Afanasov was part of a group of military instructors who were training Syrian soldiers.

Kurds protest in Afrin amid fears of Turkish attack

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Kurds protest in Afrin amid fears of Turkish attack

Thousands of mainly Kurdish protesters rallied in northern Syria on Wednesday as speculation mounts that Turkey is planning an attack in the ...

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SDF launch attack on IS in Syria's Raqqa: monitor

The Syrian Democratic Forces launched a renewed offensive on the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqqa on Friday night, after the militants ...

IS withdraws from Syria's <em>Aleppo</em> in latest territorial loss

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IS withdraws from Syria's Aleppo in latest territorial loss

The Islamic State group withdrew from Aleppo province, a monitor said on Friday, after more than four years in the Syrian province.

Half a million displaced Syrians return home in 2017

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Half a million displaced Syrians return home in 2017

'Significant trend' noted as hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians return home amid a drop in the overall level of violence in their home ...

Daraa 'de-escalation' masks Assad's ethnic cleansing in Syria

Sam Hamad

Daraa 'de-escalation' masks Assad's ethnic cleansing in Syria

Comment: Daraa, like Aleppo before it, could fall without the world batting an eyelid. The remaining population would be cleansed, and ...

Nearly half a million displaced Syrians return home

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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 ...

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Turkey troops mass on Syria border amid Kurdish tensions

Clashes between Turkish troops and Kurdish militias have broke out close to the Syria border, as Ankara bolsters its forces ahead of a possible anti-YPG operation.

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Turkey, Russia to deploy forces in Syria's Idlib

Turkish and Russian forces will be deployed in Syria’s Idlib region as part of a 'de-escalation' agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey’s ...

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Syrians return home for Eid after Turkey opens border

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey return home for Eid after Turkish authorities open the border ahead of the upcoming festival marking the ...

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Syrians return home for Eid after Turkey opens border

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey return home for Eid after Turkish authorities open the border ahead of the upcoming festival marking the ...

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 ...

Diana Alghoul

New technology makes urban massacres more likely, not less

Blog: Statistics must not be viewed through the lens of a tragedy, but as the result of crimes against humanity and widespread apathy, writes ...

Syrian Democratic Forces in fierce clashes with rebel fighters

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Syrian Democratic Forces in fierce clashes with rebel fighters

Kurdish and Syrian fighters have clashed in Aleppo province leaving many dead, while the battle against IS in Raqqa rages on.

London Bridge, Manchester and Kabul reveal western media bias

Usaid Siddiqui

London Bridge, Manchester and Kabul reveal western media bias

Comment: Communicating the tragic stories of victims in Afghanistan or Syria would give western audiences the chance to realise the numerous ...

'Marshall Plan' for Syria unlikely, warns top aid chief

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'Marshall Plan' for Syria unlikely, warns top aid chief

The Red Cross' chief says his group are working to restore infrastructure in areas recently captured by Syria's regime, however a 'Marshall ...

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