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New information sheds light on the role of rebel group Jaish al-Islam in the abduction of human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh.

Russia's defence ministry said it shot down two 'unmanned aerial vehicles' that were believed to be launched by rebels in Idlib's de-escalation zone on Sunday.

Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

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Dozens of civilians dead in Syria arms depot blast

At least 39 people died in a blast in Idlib on Sunday that collapsed two buildings and left civilians trapped under rubble.

Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for 'reconciliation'

The New Arab & agencies

Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for 'reconciliation'

Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, calling on residents to reconcile with the regime as ...

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Sam Hamad

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Comment: By allowing French aid to be directly distributed by the Russian army, France's president Macron is endorsing Russian hegemony over ...

Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero

Idlib further complicates Turkish-Russian relationship

Comment: If Assad attempts an assault on the western province, a major geopolitical showdown as well as devastation on the ground will follow, write Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to rebel abuses in Afrin

Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syria rebels announce new coalition in Idlib

The northwest province is the last of four regions covered under a 2017 'de-escalation' agreement where rebels are still present.

The New Arab & agencies

No major assault planned on Syria's Idlib: Moscow

Moscow contradicted Assad's pledges to retake the northern Syrian rebel stronghold by force, saying there "can be no question of an operation, ...

Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

The New Arab

Russia urges world powers to support Syria reconstruction aid

Russian Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyansky called for global assistance to help Syria's economic recovery and the return of refugees on Friday.

The New Arab

Displaced and fearful: How many times must Syrians flee?

Syrians who have already fled their homes for camps in south Syria have again been displaced to Idlib. Many have found respite, but fear for ...

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Ömer Özkizilcik

'The Syrian revolution is not dead'

Analysis: Many consider the armed opposition defeated and the Syrian uprising dead. But Syria's rebels are keeping faith in their revolution, ...

France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

The New Arab

France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

A Russian military cargo plane carrying 50 tons of medical aid and humanitarian supplies as part of a joint French-Russian initiative left ...

Refugees and the education time bomb

Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Refugees and the education time bomb

Comment: The uneducated children of war are like a social, economic and political time bomb. We can avoid future catastrophe only if we act now, ...

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

Sylvain Mercadier

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

In-depth: Assyrians of the Khabbur plain were targeted in the jihadists' assaults, and relied on the support of Kurdish and Arab fighters to keep extremists away, reports Sylvain Mercadier.

Charlie Faulkner

The women of Soma: From housewives to thriving businesswomen

Feature: Turkish women in Soma are transforming themselves from housewives to businesswomen and earning a living for the first time in their ...

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul ...

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands of Syrians return to Daraa after ceasefire deal

More than 28,000 displaced people returned to Daraa after rebels struck a ceasefire deal with regime ally Russia.

Daraa rebels announce return to talks with regime

The New Arab & agencies

Daraa rebels announce return to talks with regime

Talks with regime ally Russia broke down on Wednesday, with unprecedented air strikes following as part of the regime's carrot-and-stick ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime pounds Daraa with hundreds of missiles

The heavy air strikes come after rebel groups on Wednesday rejected tough Russian ceasefire proposals in Syria's south.

US complicity in Daraa rubber stamps Assad's genocide

Sam Hamad

US complicity in Daraa rubber stamps Assad's genocide

Comment: The US has washed its hands of Syria's rebels, thereby supporting Assad's conquest of 'liberated' areas, writes Sam Hamad.

Russia strikes Daraa after failure of talks with rebels

The New Arab & agencies

Russia strikes Daraa after failure of talks with rebels

The talks broke down after rebels declined to surrender heavy weapons in exchange for the Syrian regime halting its weeks-long offensive in ...

Syria rebels mull tough Russian ceasefire terms for Daraa

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Syria rebels mull tough Russian ceasefire terms for Daraa

Regime backer Russia is brokering the talks, which along with military operations have been used to recapture 60 percent of the southern Syrian ...

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