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In-depth: Al-Qaeda’s leadership has warned fighters in Syria to avoid Snapchat, which, though popular with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, could allow Western intelligence agencies to spy on them, reports Austin Bodetti.

Comment: The world's major powers have agreed to allow Assad to remain, but this agreement is short-sighted, unsustainable and wrong, writes James Snell.

Hizballah declares victory in 'ruined, foreign-occupied' Syria

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Hizballah declares victory in 'ruined, foreign-occupied' Syria

The Lebanese Shia group Hizballah on Tuesday declared victory in Syria's brutal six-year war, with key regime ally Russia also declaring that Assad's forces had recaptured most of the country.

Iran 'cashes in' on Syria intervention with <em>Aleppo</em> contracts

The New Arab

Iran 'cashes in' on Syria intervention with Aleppo contracts

Iran has secured multi-million dollar contracts for Iranian power companies in war-torn Aleppo, reaping the rewards of its pivotal ...

Russia establishes security zone north of <em>Aleppo</em>

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Russia establishes security zone north of Aleppo

Russia's military on Wednesday said it had set up a security zone north of Aleppo to prevent clashes between Kurdish fighters and ...

The New Arab

'Syria is our new testing ground,' says Russia military

Recently developed Russian weaponry is being tried and tested in Syria, where Moscow has embarked on a devastating military campaign against anti-Assad rebel groups.

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna Mrie.

The New Arab & agencies

SDF fighters linkup from east, west in Raqqa assault

US-backed Syrian fighters advancing on Islamic State militants from the eastern and western parts of Raqqa have linked up for the first time ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey wants to make an example of Afrin

Analysis: Turkey may try to compensate for its failure to crush its Syrian Kurdish opponents by bombarding Afrin canton, their smallest, most ...

Even under Trump, warmer relations with Russia are impossible

James Snell

Even under Trump, warmer relations with Russia are impossible

Comment: During his campaign, Trump often expressed his wish to rekindle relations with Russia after Obama. But while Putin remains in power, ...

Dan Arel

What is attracting anarchists to Syria?

Comment: Kurdish attempts to carve out a self-governing territory in northern Syria are attracting western leftists - and the ire of Turkey and ...

<em>Aleppo</em> to Mosul: The destruction of Iraq and Syria

Paul Iddon

Aleppo to Mosul: The destruction of Iraq and Syria

Analysis: The destruction of the Sunni cities of Iraq and Syria underlines the terrible price imposed on civilians, notes Paul Iddon.

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

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

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 ...

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

The New Arab & agencies

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.

The New Arab & agencies

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 to oust IS from its Syrian stronghold.

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 ...

The New Arab

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.

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 ...

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

The New Arab

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 ...

Assad turns to Iran to help 'stabilise' battered economy

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 ...

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

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, ...

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