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In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air cover for its operations, reports Austin Bodetti.

A high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country’s role in reconstruction efforts

Notorious Syrian regime general 'killed in Deir az-Zour'

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Notorious Syrian regime general 'killed in Deir az-Zour'

A top Syrian military general who threatened refugees who fled the war to never come back was killed on Wednesday during an operation against the Islamic State.

Russia agrees to keep 'Iran, <em>Hizballah</em> from Israeli border'

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Russia agrees to keep 'Iran, Hizballah from Israeli border'

Russia has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border where Iranian and Hizballah forces will not be allowed to ...

Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

The Syrian regime's army and allied forces pushed into the remaining IS-held districts of Deir az-Zour city in eastern Syria on Tuesday, local ...

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Israel's Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressed Russia's defence minister in a meeting on Tuesday over Iran attempting to "establish itself military" in Syria.

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

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Lebanon president tells Syrian refugees to return home

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has told international envoys that his country has had enough of hosting Syrian refugees and that they should ...

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Israel strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery after missile fire

Israeli jets attacked Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after it fired towards its planes, Israel's military said.

UAE joins Saudi-Israeli backing of Trump's aggressive Iran strategy UAE joins Saudi-Israeli backing of Trump's aggressive Iran strategy

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UAE joins Saudi-Israeli backing of Trump's aggressive Iran strategy

The UAE has become one of a handful of nations to back an announcement by US President Donald Trump to revise or tear up a nuclear agreement ...

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New US measures will not affect group, says Hizballah

Hizballah brushes off multimillion-dollar bounty placed on leaders by the Trump administration.

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Comment: For Assad's regime, doubt is a political necessity, writes Idrees Ahmad.

'<em>Hizballah</em> controls Lebanese army,' says Israeli defence minister

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'Hizballah controls Lebanese army,' says Israeli defence minister

Israel has expressed mounting concern about the growing presence of Hizballah and other Iranian-backed militia groups in neighbouring ...

US offers multi-million dollar reward for <em>Hizballah</em> leaders

Paul McLoughlin

US offers multi-million dollar reward for Hizballah leaders

Hizballah's 'head of external operations' and an 'operative' have been put on a US bounty list, with Washington warning the Lebanese movement ...

Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief warns Trump against new sanctions

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief warns Trump against new sanctions

Iran's Republican Guards Corps chief General Mohammed Ali Jafari said warned Washington that altering the status quo between the two hostile ...

Diana Alghoul

Hamas: 'Our weapons are not up for discussion'

A Hamas spokesperson has said that reconciliation talks with the Gaza-based movement's Palestinian rival should be aimed at 'empowering' it to fulfill its potential as an armed resistance movement.

Marcus Montgomery

Trump will leave Iran deal decision to Congress

Comment: The nuclear deal is another situation where Trump hopes to deface one of Obama's key accomplishments, while leaving it to Congress to ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How Russia could influence the Kurdish diplomatic crisis

Analysis: Moscow can act as a power-broker, enriching itself while outmanoeuvring the United States, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

'Assad victorious in Syria war,' Israel defence minister claims

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'Assad victorious in Syria war,' Israel defence minister claims

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Syria's President Bashar al-Asad has won the six-year war against the armed opposition.

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Abbas: 'Hamas must not act like Hizballah in Lebanon'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said political rival Hamas must not behave like powerful Islamist movement Hizballah ...

<em>Hizballah</em> accuses Iraqi-Kurds of Middle East 'partition'

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Hizballah accuses Iraqi-Kurds of Middle East 'partition'

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said the Iraqi-Kurdish independence referendum will lead to further division in the region and ...

Syrian regime repel bloody IS counter-offensive in Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime repel bloody IS counter-offensive in Deir az-Zour

Syrian regime forces have recaptured the Palmyra to Deir az-Zour highway, after a surprise IS counter-attack killed scores of pro-Damascus ...

Iran to build 'major oil refinery' in Syria's Homs

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Iran to build 'major oil refinery' in Syria's Homs

Iran is reportedly planning to construct a new multi-million dollar oil refinery in the Syrian city of Homs after the brutal six-year war ends.

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