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Turkish and Russian forces will be deployed in Syria’s Idlib region as part of a 'de-escalation' agreement brokered by Russia, Turkey’s presidential spokesperson said on Thursday.

The Syrian army has recaptured the Arak gas field in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State militant group.

UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in Raqqa

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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 to oust IS from its Syrian stronghold.

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.

Syrian regime militias reach the wire threatening US-backed forces

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian regime militias reach the wire threatening US-backed forces

A surprise offensive has seen the Syrian regime reach the Iraqi border with a land corridor from Iran to the Mediterranean potentially being ...

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Syrian government 'using suffering as a war tactic'

The UN humanitarian chief says thousands of Syrians in at least 10 communities are facing suffering as the regime denies aid to the needy and pushes people in besieged cities.

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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 ...

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Coalition strikes 'killing civilians by the hundreds' in Raqqa

At least 16 civilians have been killed in a suspected US-led coalition airstrike in a village in Syria's Raqqa province this week, joining ...

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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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Assad vows to 'fight on' despite international peace efforts

Bashar al-Assad said Russian de-escalation zones were a chance for rebels to seek 'reconciliation' with the regime, but vowed to continue ...

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 ...

Syrian regime jets bomb rebel positions near Jordan border

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Syrian regime jets bomb rebel positions near Jordan border

Syrian regime war planes struck rebel positions early on Tuesday close the Jordanian border, where talk of an impending cross-border invasion by ...

Explaining Syria's 'de-escalation' zones and why some are worried

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Explaining Syria's 'de-escalation' zones and why some are worried

Explaining Syria's new 'safe zones' and how they work, and why many are worried about their vagueness

Hundreds deported from Syrian opposition-held enclave in <em>Homs</em> city

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Hundreds deported from Syrian opposition-held enclave in Homs city

Syrian rebel fighters and their families left their homes in Homs city for Jarabalus close to the Turkish border on Friday as part of ...

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Syria 'safe zones' come into effect but fighting continues

Gunfire and shelling was reported in parts of Syria said to be includes in Russian-sponsored safe zones which came into effect at midnight Friday with fears that violence could escalate.

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Russia: Syria "safe zones" plan to begin midnight Friday

According to reports in Russian media a Moscow-backed de-escalation plan is set to come into effect imminently in northern Syria. However, the ...

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Syrian opposition slam Russian-sponsored 'safe zone' deal

Syrian opposition members slammed a Russian agreement to establish safe zones in Syria due to the involvement of Iran in the peace deal.

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Russia, Turkey, Iran ink deal on Syria 'safe zones'

Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a memorandum on a plan to create safe zones in Syria on Thursday, as members of the rebel delegation stormed out.

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 ...

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Syrian rebels 'suspend participation' in Astana talks

Syria's opposition suspended its participation in the peace talks in Astana on Wednesday, just hours after delegations representing conflicting ...

Round 4: Syria peace talks launch in Astana

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Round 4: Syria peace talks launch in Astana

Delegations representing Syria's conflicting parties, as well as international observers landed in Astana on Wednesday to launch a fresh round ...

Russia, Syrian regime stepping up attacks on Idlib hospitals

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.

Russian official claims Trump not tied to Assad departure

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Russian official claims Trump not tied to Assad departure

A leading Russian official has claimed that Donald Trump is not set on Assad stepping down from power immediately and peace negotiations could ...

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