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North Korea has set up an underground military base in Syria close to the hometown of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a news report.

New additions to Russia's air force in Syria include the fifth generation Su-57 aircraft, which will likely play a role in Moscow's future bombing of opposition areas.

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

James Snell

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

Comment: The justification Turkey offered for its Afrin offensive - that it was fighting the Islamic State group as well as the YPG - is entirely unsatisfactory, writes James Snell.

Syrian civilians killed in nighttime Idlib <em>air</em> raids Syrian civilians killed in nighttime Idlib air raids

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Syrian civilians killed in nighttime Idlib air raids

Syria's Idlib was hit with heavy air raids again on Friday night, killing at least three children while the regime attacked Eastern ...

Russia 'confirms' Syrian rebel drone attack on <em>Latakia</em> <em>base</em>

Paul McLoughlin

Russia 'confirms' Syrian rebel drone attack on Latakia base

Russia's defence ministry says it thwarted an attempted aerial attack on its airbase in Latakia and naval port in Tartous by Syria's ...

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Erdogan, Putin 'finalise missile deal, agree on Jerusalem'

Trump's outrageous decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has cemented unlikely allies in Erdogan and Putin.

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Putin meets Assad at Russian military base in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian military air base in Syria on Monday and announced a partial pullout of ...

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Kurdish forces capture eastern Syria with 'US, Russia support'

Kurdish militia the YPG announced they have captured some of the last territories held by IS in eastern Syria's Deir az-Zour countryside.

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Russia denies bombing US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have been targeted in an suspected air strike with question remain about who carried out the attack.

'Syria is our new testing ground,' says Russia military

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'Syria is our new testing ground,' says Russia military

Recently developed Russian weaponry is being tried and tested in Syria, where Moscow has embarked on a devastating military campaign against ...

Paul Iddon

Russia's next half-century in Syria

Analysis: Legal immunity is guaranteed for Russian troops in Syria for decades to come, notes Paul Iddon.

Russia to have semi-permanent military presence in Syria

The New Arab

Russia to have semi-permanent military presence in Syria

Moscow has gave the green light for the semi-permanent presence of Russian military aircraft in Syria.

US spy planes sent to Syrian coast

The New Arab

US spy planes sent to Syrian coast

The US has deployed spy planes and intelligence gathering equipment to the Syrian coast, as Washington warns the regime might be planning a ...

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

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

Trump's Syria strategy slowly emerges out of the smoke

The New Arab

Trump's Syria strategy slowly emerges out of the smoke

Can threatening war crimes charges or offering a safe exile persuade President Bashar al-Assad to leave? Such long-shot proposals now being ...

Paul McLoughlin

A changed man? Syrians reassess 'villain' Trump's moral fibre

Syrians warmly welcomed a series of US missiles strikes on a Syrian base said to be responsible for a chemical attack on an opposition town, but most remain skeptical.

The New Arab & agencies

Russia secures military foothold in Syria for next half-century

Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to expand Moscow's military foothold and fix its presence in the Mediterranean for at least the next ...

The New Arab & agencies

'No survivors' as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes

Russia's defence ministry has said there were no survivors after a Syria-bound military plane crashed in the Black Sea on Sunday.

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Rebel shelling in Syria's Aleppo 'kills Russian nurses'

Two Russian nurses and eight civilians were killed by rebel fire on Monday as western Aleppo came under one of the most intense shelling in ...

Second Russian war plane crashes on Mediterranean based carrier

The New Arab

Second Russian war plane crashes on Mediterranean based carrier

Another war plane based on Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed, with reports suggesting that Moscow is questioning the use ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russia: permanent Syria military presence, eyes on Cuba, Vietnam

Russia considers plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba after ratifying a treaty that will see its troops stay in Syria ...

US says Russia should be investigated for war crimes

Robert Cusack

US says Russia should be investigated for war crimes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an investigation into Russia's involvement in war crimes following continued air raids ...

Russia 'ready to fend off' US strikes in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Russia 'ready to fend off' US strikes in Syria

Russia's defence ministry warned the US against any air strikes on Syrian regime positions, saying high-tech Russian air ...

US military intervention against Assad 'back on the table'

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US military intervention against Assad 'back on the table'

Following the collapse of a US-Russian ceasefire and rising global outcry over the bombardment of rebel-held east Aleppo, US officials are said ...

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