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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.

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

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 ...

Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

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Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

IS forces fleeing the besieged city of Raqqa are now being targeted by the Russia air force, as it appears the militants are retreating towards ...

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 Denselow.

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France's Macron vows 'immediate retaliation' to Syria chemical attacks

France will respond immediately to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, France's president has said, in a threat likely directed at the regime ...

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 ...

Hadani Ditmars

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Blog: Terrorism is us, and the sooner we connect our shared experiences of oppression, the less power we give to the twin ideologies of hatred, ...

Breakfast like a king at London's newest Syrian restaurant

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Breakfast like a king at London's newest Syrian restaurant

Yalla, let's eat! Continuing our review series of Middle Eastern restaurants, we make our way to Aleppo House, where a Syrian chef ...

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Last Homs residents leave 'heart of the Syrian revolution'

Besieged al-Waer stood as the Syrian rebel's last stronghold in Homs through six years of war. Today, the last fighters and families leave their ...

'Voice of <em>Aleppo</em>' Bana al-Abed granted Turkish citizenship

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'Voice of Aleppo' Bana al-Abed granted Turkish citizenship

Shortly after being granted citizenship in a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan al-Abed vowed to return to ...

Syrian rebels face fight on at least three fronts

Imogen Lambert

Syrian rebels face fight on at least three fronts

Comment: As the US increases support to Kurds fighting IS, 'de-escalation zones' could be used to obliterate opposition forces who are fighting ...

Damascus suburb evacuation deal suspended after regime breaks agreement

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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 ...

Between Baghdad and Damascus, what's the future for Sunnis?

Paul Iddon

Between Baghdad and Damascus, what's the future for Sunnis?

Comment: Military victory over the Islamic State group must be accompanied by a political solution that serves the needs of both Sunni and Shia ...

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North Caucasus troops crucial props in Russia's Syria agenda

Hundreds of Muslim Chechen and Ingush servicemen are in Syria. The North Caucasian troops are proving valuable both militarily and in Moscow's PR push at home and on the ground.

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White Helmets decry members' deaths in Hama airstrike

Eight members of the Syrian Civil Defence response team were killed on Saturday in a reported airstrike targeting rebel-held Kafr Zeita in Hama.

Robert Cusack

Russia, Syrian regime stepping up attacks on Idlib hospitals

Russian and Syrian warplanes bombed eleven medical facilities in the rebel-held province of Idlib in April, according to local media sources.

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Civilian deaths from Russian airstrikes 'highest since Aleppo's fall'

The death toll from Russia's fierce bombardment of Syria has shot up over the past two months, coinciding with regime ground offensives, and ...

Inside the Arab mind: Questions on Syria and beyond

Nael M. Shama

Inside the Arab mind: Questions on Syria and beyond

The long read: Nael Shama asks what future lies ahead for Arab societies, if the choice - six years after the Arab Spring, is between tyrannical ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

Syrian regime depopulates rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

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Syrian regime depopulates rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

Syrian hospital attacks ignored while chemical weapons grab headlines

Lindsey Snell

Syrian hospital attacks ignored while chemical weapons grab headlines

In-depth: Last week's chemical attack sparked international outrage, but hundreds of attacks on civilian hospitals since the start of the war ...

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 ...

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