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Despite attempts by external parties to divide Iraqi Kurdistan following Erbil's declaration of independence - including an international flight ban - the autonomous region has remained united.

Syrian rebels are expected to begin leaving one of the final strongholds in the Damascus area Saturday, following a deal with regime ally Russia.

Syrian regime launches offensive on IS-held areas in Damascus

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Syrian regime launches offensive on IS-held areas in Damascus

Syrian regime forces have begun a heavy bombardment of IS-held areas in southern Damascus after evacuation negotiations with the militants failed on Thursday.

Yemeni officials: two al-Qaeda fighters killed in south region

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Yemeni officials: two al-Qaeda fighters killed in south region

Yemeni tribal leaders say security forces have killed two suspected al-Qaeda operatives in the country’s southern province of Abyan.

Dozens of regime soldiers 'killed' in <em>eastern</em> Syria attack

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Dozens of regime soldiers 'killed' in eastern Syria attack

The Islamic State group has launched a surprise attack near a town in eastern Syria they had lost six months ago, killing at least 25 ...

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Syrian-Palestinian offensive to oust IS from capital 'within days'

Syrian regime and allied Palestinian fighters are pressuring Islamic State fighters to evacuate the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, or face an all-out military offensive.

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US warns Syria rebels in south 'against provoking regime'

The US has reportedly warned Syrian rebels in the south to not provoke the regime amid speculation the opposition-held area will be the scene of ...

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 ...

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting Najran city

Saudi Arabia intercepted a Houthi missile aimed at the southern city of Najran on Monday evening, the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen said.

Syria intervention deepens the UK's political divide

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Syria intervention deepens the UK's political divide

The UK's participation in missile strikes on the Syria regime has divided the country, after May broke with convention by ordering military ...

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Thousands in Athens march against US-led Syria strikes

A protest organised by the Communist party in Athens is protesting the US-led strikes against the Syrian regime.

Explosions 'rock Iran weapons stores' in Syria

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Explosions 'rock Iran weapons stores' in Syria

Explosions have reportedly rocked areas near Syrian military bases where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shia militias have been ...

Probe into Syria chemical attack to continue

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Probe into Syria chemical attack to continue

A chemical watchdog has vowed that the probe into a suspected chemical attack in Douma which left dozens dead will continue, despite Western ...

Assad allies respond to US-led Syria airstrikes

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Assad allies respond to US-led Syria airstrikes

Syrian regime allies Iran, Russia and others have slammed US, French and UK air strikes on suspected chemical facilities in Syria.

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Paul Iddon

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Analysis: A lack of willingness among major powers to make substantial compromises will likely result in the Syrian war dragging on for years to ...

Stasa Salacanin

The Islamic State group is not finished – yet

Analysis: The 'caliphate' may be destroyed, but that doesn't mean IS has vanished. Many predict the organisation will regroup and strike again. Question is, how and where, writes Stasa Salacanin.

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Assad forces 'take full control' of Eastern Ghouta

Russian television showed footage of the Syrian regime's red, white and black flag with two green stars hanging from an unidentified building

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Lebanon initiates action against Israel's 'Syria airstrike', reroutes flights

Russia and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack on Monday which came hours after a suspected regime chemical attack ...

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Turkey deports hundreds of Afghan migrants after influx

Some 227 Afghan migrants boarded a charter flight from Erzurum in northeastern Turkey back to Kabul early on Sunday morning, the Dogan news ...

Syria air base attack: 14 killed, including Iranian forces

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Syria air base attack: 14 killed, including Iranian forces

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 fighters were killed in the air base missile strike, including members of Iran-backed groups.

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Syria air base struck by missiles, US denies involvement

Syrian state news agencies have said that a government air base was struck by missiles on Monday.

Airstrike kills leading IS commander in Afghanistan

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Airstrike kills leading IS commander in Afghanistan

A leading IS commander has been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan, as Kabul and a US-led coalition try to squeeze out the jihadi force.

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Analysis: It would be in Baghdad's interest to see Islamic State neutralised in the Syrian border region of Deir az-Zour, writes Paul Iddon.

Photoblog: <em>Eastern</em> Ghouta residents arrive in Idlib

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Photoblog: Eastern Ghouta residents arrive in Idlib

See in pictures: Aaref Watad captures the moment rebel fighters and civilians join the thousands already settled in Idlib, northern Syria, after ...

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