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The Syrian opposition has announced their intention to attend the UN peace talks in Vienna, previously held in Geneva

A US plan to form a new border security force in Syria will cause more instability and “add flames of fire” in the war-torn country, Iran has said.

Turkey suffers 'dramatic decline' in freedoms after coup: watchdog

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Turkey suffers 'dramatic decline' in freedoms after coup: watchdog

Turkey has been declared "not free" according to a new report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, which put its dramatic decline down to the post-coup crackdown on opposition and activists.

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for <em>Assad</em>

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.

Syria regime seizes dozens of towns in Aleppo 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 Damascus ...

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Syrian opposition accuses Assad regime of activist 'assassination'

Syria's leading opposition group have accused the Assad regime of 'assassinating' their founder, Munir Darwish, who died in mysterious circumstances after a hit-and-run attack outside his Damascus

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Syrian civilians killed in nighttime Idlib air raids

Syria's Idlib was hit with heavy air raids again on Friday night, killing at least three children while the regime attacked Eastern Ghouta with ...

Bashdar Ismaeel

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Analysis: As Syria's civil war stutters towards an eventual end, the jockeying for political influence and strategic footholds is as crucial as ...

Paul Iddon

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, ...

US launches task force to investigate Hizballah 'drug terrorism'

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US launches task force to investigate Hizballah 'drug terrorism'

A special US task force has been created, comprised of specialists on money-laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime, and ...

The New Arab & agencies

Nearly 100,000 displaced by Syrian regime's Idlib offensive

Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russia, launched an offensive at the end of 2017 to capture Idlib province, the last ...

Syrian regime forces reach rebel-held air base in Idlib

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Syrian regime forces reach rebel-held air base in Idlib

Syrian regime forces have reached the outskirts of a rebel-held air base in Idlib, as the government pushes forward a campaign to retake the ...

Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

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Russia hopes Geneva talks will 'reinvigorate' Syria peace efforts

Russia's UN ambassador said he hoped the UN-led talks on Syria would 'reinvigorate' the peace process, ahead of Sochi.

Turkey summons Russia, Iran ambassadors as Syria violates agreement

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Turkey summons Russia, Iran ambassadors as Syria violates agreement

Ankara has called the Russian and Iranian envoys hoping to relay a message to Syria as troops advance in a violation of the de-escalation ...

Syria airstrikes kill children as UN aid chief visit

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Syria airstrikes kill children as UN aid chief visit

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ten children were among 24 people killed in airstrikes on a rebel enclave near the Syrian capital ...

James Snell

Book review: Fire and Fury, but little else

Book review: Wolff's book purports to be an account of the Trump administration written by someone who roamed the White House without supervision and oversight, writes James Snell.

Nidal Morrison

Cutting bread subsidies could make Jordan the next Syria

Jordan could find itself becoming the next Syria if it doesn't take heed of previous bread riots and insists on cutting bread subsidies writes ...

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes ...

Paul McLoughlin

Russia 'confirms' Syrian rebel drone attack on Latakia base

Russia's defence ministry says it thwarted an attempted aerial attack on its airbase in Latakia and naval port in Tartous by Syria's rebels with ...

Syrian rebels 'set up joint operations room' in Idlib

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian rebels 'set up joint operations room' in Idlib

Syria's biggest rebel groups have agreed to unite as the Assad regime advances into the opposition heartland of Idlib.

The New Arab & agencies

Assad moves on Idlib, but Ghouta leaves regime vulnerable

While Assad has retaken more than half of the country with a string of victories against rebels, the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta ...

Syrian rebels launch 'drone attack' on Russian airbase

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Syrian rebels launch 'drone attack' on Russian airbase

A drone launched by Syrian rebels has dropped bombs on a Russian airbase in western Syria, the second such attack on the Latakia airport in two ...

Over 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran killed in Syria

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Over 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran killed in Syria

An official in an Afghan volunteer force said more than 2,000 Afghans deployed by Iran have been killed fighting on the side of President ...

France seeks greater role for West in Syrian crisis

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France seeks greater role for West in Syrian crisis

Macron said the international community should not give ground to certain powers which think that just a few will be able to find a lasting ...

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