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The Islamic State group previously held large swathes of northern and central Syria, but has been fully ousted from Idlib, Hama and Aleppo provinces, a monitor has said.

The group, whose 3,700 members rescue civilians trapped under rubble or caught up in fighting in Syria, faces a major budget shortfall compared with last year.

Oscar-nominated Syrian film screened in rebel-held Idlib

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Oscar-nominated Syrian film screened in rebel-held Idlib

Last Men in Aleppo, an Oscar-nominated documentary, screened at the campus of Idlib university.

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Paul Iddon

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Analysis: With the Islamic State group and domestic opposition largely crushed, foreign powers continue to jostle for power and influence in ...

Assad almost stepped down from power, says Iran official

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Assad almost stepped down from power, says Iran official

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly planned to step down from power and abandon his Damascus palace but was dissuaded from quitting by ...

Sam Hamad

Normalising Assad's chemical weapon savagery

Comment: For tyrants around the world, Assad is reasserting their right to power by the most brutal means, writes Sam Hamad.

Nino Orto

'My documentary has evidence of Assad's crimes in Syria'

Film is important to document what is happening at a turbulent part of history, especially when providing evidence of war crimes, Firas Fayyad ...

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US, Russia clash at UN over Syria chlorine attacks

The US has condemned repeated use of chlorine during attacks, while Russia has deemed the accusations as 'propaganda'.

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Syrian rebels down purported Russian warplane; pilot dead

Warplanes earlier hit a convoy of civilians fleeing along a major Syrian highway, rescuers and a witness said on Saturday.

Deadly Assad air raids pound northern Syria

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Deadly Assad air raids pound northern Syria

Over 20 civilians have been killed amid an escalating offensive against Syrian opposition territories by Russian-backed regime forces.

Sam Hamad

Syrian rebel support for Turkey's Afrin operation

Comment: Why are as many as 20,000 Turkish-trained and armed Syrian rebels currently doing the bidding of Turkey against the PYD in Afrin? asks ...

Turkish convoy in Syria hit by blast, 1 dead

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Turkish convoy in Syria hit by blast, 1 dead

Fears for a humanitarian disaster in Afrin grows as Turkey continues its air and ground offensive against the Kurdish militias, while stressing ...

Kurdish autonomy is part of self-determination for all Syrians

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Kurdish autonomy is part of self-determination for all Syrians

Comment: The Syrian opposition needs Turkey's support, and has had it, but it should not back Ankara's occupation of Afrin, writes Robin ...

Separate peace talks seek an elusive Syria peace deal

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Separate peace talks seek an elusive Syria peace deal

"Last hope" Syria peace talks kick off in Vienna as Russia pushes parallel negotiations in Sochi.

Intensified fighting, winter conditions increases misery for Syrian IDPs

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Intensified fighting, winter conditions increases misery for Syrian IDPs

Intensified fighting in northern Syria has spurred one of the largest displacements of people since 2011, with tens of thousands spending the ...

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Syria regime capture key Idlib airbase

Syria's regime has said troops and militia fighters have won back Abu Duhur airbase in Idlib, which sees Damascus in control of a key military installation in the rebel-held province.

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Shocking 200,000 people displaced in Syria in past month

Despite Idlib being one of the de-escalation zones, pro-regime shelling has intensified and caused one of the worst displacement surges in Syria ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian Kurds appeal to UN as Turkey attack imminent

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday threatened to attack the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria "in the days ahead" ...

Paul Iddon

A Turkish attack on Kurds will destabilise Syria's northwest

Analysis: Ankara's bid to rout Kurdish fighters from areas bordering Turkey will lead to further displacement and could likely undo progress ...

Turkish forces target Kurdish-held Syrian city of Afrin

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Turkish forces target Kurdish-held Syrian city of Afrin

Turkish forces targeted Kurdish forces in Afrin, following Erdogan's announced intention to clear the area of "terrorists".

Mona Alami

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

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

War appears imminent as Erdogan threatens Syrian-Kurdish held Afrin

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War appears imminent as Erdogan threatens Syrian-Kurdish held Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that Syria's Afrin should be cleared of Kurdish fighters.

Syria regime seizes dozens of towns in <em>Aleppo</em> province

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Syria regime seizes dozens of towns in Aleppo province

The Syrian regime hopes to secure a key patch of highway running through Idlib that links the northern city of Aleppo with the capital ...

Erdogan says Turkish army will crush Kurds in Syria

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Erdogan says Turkish army will crush Kurds in Syria

A Turkish military incursion into northern Syria will see Ankara crush Kurdish militias, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

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