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The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians in the Syrian desert this month, a monitor said on Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the militants see their "caliphate" collapse.

Staffan de Mistura and Russia's Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow on Wednesday, to discuss ways of moving toward a stable political settlement in war-torn Syria.

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

Hadani Ditmars

Living histories: Potent longings for fragile homelands

The British Museum's historical approach to contemporary art is well-suited to these works from Syria and Iraq, whose origins betray an optimism for a better future, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Iran 'cashes in' on Syria intervention with Aleppo contracts

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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 backing for ...

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Sam Hamad

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Comment: From the moment Sisi seized power, Egyptian influence in Syria, and support for Assad's counterrevolution has been growing, writes Sam ...

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.

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Syrian regime seizes last IS-held town in Homs province

The Syrian regime and allied militias took the last stronghold of IS in Homs province, clearing a route to advance on the group's ...

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Another blow for Syrian opposition as Trump replaces adviser

A key figure in Donald Trump's decision to strike Syria following a chemical attack has been forced from his position as a key Middle ...

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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 ...

Syria's prisoners: Absent but never forgotten

Leila al-Shami

Syria's prisoners: Absent but never forgotten

Comment: Syria's prisons are filled with those who rose up peacefully to call for freedom, democracy and social justice, writes Leila Al-Shami.

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Regime completes removal of residents from rebel-held Damascus suburb

Hundreds evacuate a rebel-held district of Damascus on Monday, in the final phase of a deal bringing Syria’s regime closer to controlling the ...

Last <em>Homs</em> residents leave 'heart of the Syrian revolution'

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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 ...

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 ...

Russia seeks US coordination in Syria ceasefire efforts

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Russia seeks US coordination in Syria ceasefire efforts

Putin spoke with US President Trump on Tuesday to push a plan to create security zones in Syria as opposition groups set to meet in Astana to ...

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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Middle East Christians celebrate Easter amid conflict and unrest

Millions of Christians are celebrating Easter across the Middle East, where many struggle to maintain their ancient communities amid ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Lebanese politicians are scapegoating Syrian refugees

Joey Ayoub

Lebanese politicians are scapegoating Syrian refugees

Comment: The Lebanese government is using Syrian refugees as scapegoats in order to divert attention away from its own unpopularity and ...

Paul Iddon

Assad's opponents and supporters double-down after US missile strike

Analysis: The cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase has cemented already entrenched positions, writes Paul Iddon.

Syrian rebels launch new offensive near Damascus

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Syrian rebels launch new offensive near Damascus

Syrian rebel factions launched a new offensive targeting regime positions on the eastern fringes of the heavily fortified capital at dawn on ...

Syrian rebels begin evacuation from besieged <em>Homs</em> neighbourhood Syrian rebels begin evacuation from besieged Homs neighbourhood

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Syrian rebels begin evacuation from besieged Homs neighbourhood

Syrian opposition fighters and their families have begun leaving the last rebel-held neighbourhood in the central city of Homs as part ...

Syrian journalists who sacrificed everything to cover the revolution

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Syrian journalists who sacrificed everything to cover the revolution

The New Arab profiles five Syrian journalists who have faced exile, injury and even death during their coverage of the Syrian revolution, which ...

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