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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.

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

Regime completes removal of residents from rebel-held Damascus suburb

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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 entire capital.

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 ...

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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 the deal by not releasing detainees.

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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 ...

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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 enters its seventh year today.

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'Russian air raid' hit market in IS-held Syrian village

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured when suspected Russian bombers targeted an IS-held village while a livestock market was ...

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Syrian opposition to meet Russian delegation at Geneva talks

Syria's main opposition group attending peace talks in Geneva will meet a Russian envoy later on Monday to discuss calls for Kurdish groups to ...

Martin Armstrong

Muted Oscar celebrations for White Helmets as Syria bleeds

While Sunday's Oscar signalled recognition of the rescue organisation's life-saving work, on the ground in Syria it was business as usual in a ...

Opposition negotiator condemns <em>Homs</em> 'terror' attack, regime vows retaliation

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Opposition negotiator condemns Homs 'terror' attack, regime vows retaliation

Following an ultimatum delivered by the lead government negotiator, the head opposition negotiator has condemned terrorism but does not lead a ...

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Uptick in Syria violence rattles Geneva negotiations

Video: Frequent violation of the ceasefire in Syria provokes doubts over the Assad regime's commitment to Geneva talks.

'The smell of blood' haunts <em>Homs</em> neighbourhood al-Waer

Martin Armstrong

'The smell of blood' haunts Homs neighbourhood al-Waer

A renewed regime onslaught on the besieged neighbourhood of al-Waer is quickly making life for those trapped in the area unbearable, with ...

IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

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IS 'besieged' in last bastion in Syria's Aleppo province

The Islamic State group is "completely besieged" in al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria's regime cut off a road into the militants' last major ...

Trump's #MuslimBan is built on false claims

Daoud Kuttab

Trump's #MuslimBan is built on false claims

Comment: President Trump claims his travel ban is needed to stop an Obama-endorsed torrent of Muslim refugees to the US, writes Daoud Kuttab. ...

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