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Comment: The president's transactional approach to foreign interventions shows Trump's always about the bottom line, writes James Snell.

Football clubs in the Middle East are winding down after a grueling 2017-18 campaign, with some surprise teams among the familiar names lifting regional league trophies.

Syrian rebels, civilians leave Eastern Qalamoun for Afrin

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Syrian rebels, civilians leave Eastern Qalamoun for Afrin

Following a deal brokered by opposition groups and Russia, Syrian rebels and civilians were transported to Afrin.

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Paul Iddon

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Analysis: If past strikes are anything to go by, this latest round of missiles is unlikely to deter Assad from gassing his people again in the ...

Syrian opposition say Western strikes on Assad 'a farce' Syrian opposition say Western strikes on Assad 'a farce'

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Syrian opposition say Western strikes on Assad 'a farce'

Syrian opposition politicians and anti-regime activists said they fear the Western strikes give Bashar al-Assad a green light to continue using ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

Despite having 'quite different interests,' Turkey's Erdogan is angling to win the support of his Russian and Iranian counterparts to push on his offensive across Kurdish-held northern Syria.

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Chemical weapon attacks persist a year after Khan Sheikhoun

At least 80 people were killed on April 4 last year when regime war planes dropped sarin gas on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in northwest Syria.

Raya al-Jadir

Watanili: Helping Syrian children reclaim their childhood

Society: Through art, film and education, Watanili is a grassroots initiative working to give traumatised Syrian children a dose of normal ...

Andy Heintz

Meeting Robin Yassin-Kassab

Interview: The author and journalist spoke to Andy Heintz about how Syria came to be the intractable conflict it now appears to be.

Toothless UN is enabling Assad's brutality in Syria

Sam Hamad

Toothless UN is enabling Assad's brutality in Syria

Comment: Even at the highest levels, the Assad regime is regarded as legitimate, writes Sam Hamad.

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Iran's support for Assad must end

Comment: The peaceful ideal Zarif describes for the region amounts to misleading rhetoric that ignores the facts on the ground, writes Robin ...

UN chief slams Council failing to 'defend human rights'

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UN chief slams Council failing to 'defend human rights'

Russia continues to use its veto power to prevent talks happening at the UN Security Council on the human rights violations happening in Syria ...

Syrian rebel-held town agrees truce with Assad regime

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Syrian rebel-held town agrees truce with Assad regime

A Syrian town in the Damascus countryside has agreed a deal with regime in Damascus for rebels and their families to leave.

Kurdish self-rule in northwest Syria 'enters its final days'

Adi Smajić & Paul McLoughlin

Kurdish self-rule in northwest Syria 'enters its final days'

Kurdish-Afrin has been surrounded by Turkish and Syrian rebel forces and appears about to fall in the coming days. Adi Smajić and Paul ...

It's time to call the PKK by its name

Kyle W. Orton

It's time to call the PKK by its name

Comment: The recent spillover of the PKK's operations into Europe suggests it's time to reassess the organisation's actions, writes Kyle Orton.

Paul McLoughlin

Destination: Ghouta

Syrian activists held a shock protest at City Airport this weekend, against an airline's relationship with a Russian state-owned weapons manufacturer.

The New Arab & agencies

Al-Qaeda in Syria losing ground amid fierce rivalries

Beset by infighting and assassinations, the extremist group has been driven from nearly all of the northern province of Aleppo in the ...

James Snell

Covering the ground in Iraq and Syria

Book Review: Jonathan Spyer's book is a necessary assessment, and a testament to the author's willingness to risk capture, or worse, while ...

The New Arab & agencies

Aid convoy enters Ghouta amid brief pause in fighting

Thirteen aid trucks crossed into Eastern Ghouta on Friday to deliver the remainder of a humanitarian mission that had been cut short on Monday.

Syrian rebels say will defend Ghouta, won't negotiate withdrawal

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Syrian rebels say will defend Ghouta, won't negotiate withdrawal

A rebel military commander rejected a Russian proposal that fighters leave in exchange for immunity.

Paul Iddon

Why Iraqi Kurdistan is seeking better relations with Iran

Analysis: Tehran's friendliness with Iraq's central government provides Erbil with a route back to Baghdad's good books, writes Paul Iddon.

Syrian regime gains ground in Eastern Ghouta

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Syrian regime gains ground in Eastern Ghouta

The Assad regime is gaining ground in one of the last rebel-held enclaves in Syria, as the intense bombardment of Eastern Ghouta continues.

UNICEF: Aid for Syrians could enter besieged Eastern Ghouta

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UNICEF: Aid for Syrians could enter besieged Eastern Ghouta

UNICEF's regional director has expressed hope that the brutal Assad regime may allow aid to enter Eastern Ghouta's town of Douma.

Syrian regime seizes new ground in Eastern Ghouta

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Syrian regime seizes new ground in Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government forces seized new ground from rebels in Eastern Ghouta on Friday.

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