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

Russian General Valeri Assapov has been killed after an IS shell landed close to him in Syria's Deir az-Zour province, Moscow's defence minister has said.

Syrian regime tells UN 'victory within reach'

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Syrian regime tells UN 'victory within reach'

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem has told the UN General Assembly that victory for Bashar al-Assad's side is within reach.

US-led coalition targets IS fighters from stranded convoy

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US-led coalition targets IS fighters from stranded convoy

The US-led coalition has killed dozens of militants linked to a convoy of Islamic State buses stranded in the middle of the Syrian desert, the ...

ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

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ICC to award damages for jihadist Timbuktu destruction

War crimes judges will on Thursday hand down a landmark ruling on reparations for the razing of Timbuktu's fabled shrines, but the victims' fund ...

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Syrian regime seizes last IS-held town in Homs province

The Syrian regime and allied militias took the last stronghold of IS in Homs province, clearing a route to advance on the group's remaining territories in the country's east.

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Assad regime 'executed' Syria open internet activist Bassel Kharabil

A Syrian free speech activist and open software developer was executed by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to new reports.

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Syrian regime forces reach last IS-held town in Homs

Pro-Syrian regime forces reached al-Sukhna town, as IS militants deserted their last outpost in Homs province.

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Dance or die: Refugee camp to Dutch National Ballet

Society: Born stateless in Yarmouk Camp, the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria, Joudeh has faced a lifetime of adversity in his ...

Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by Russian mercenaries

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Syrian man bludgeoned with hammer by Russian mercenaries

A horrific video has emerged showing a Syrian man being struck repeatedly with a large hammer by armed men thought to be Russian mercenaries ...

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Russia kills ‘180 IS fighters’ in Syria airstrikes

Russia says it has killed 180 Islamic State fighters in Syria during airstrikes carried out in June, including two field commanders.

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

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Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Moscow says its jets may have killed leader of world's most notorious terror organisation in a May airstrike. If true it would be a major ...

IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syria monitor

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IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syria monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

Syrian army retakes central gas field from Islamic State

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Syrian army retakes central gas field from Islamic State

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

200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces

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200,000 flee Raqqa ahead of assault by Syrian forces

Nearly 200,000 civilians have fled Raqqa as US-backed Syrian forces prepare for an assault on the Islamic State stronghold.

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Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

IS forces fleeing the besieged city of Raqqa are now being targeted by the Russia air force, as it appears the militants are retreating towards regime territory.

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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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Wary of US, Iran 'reroutes land-corridor to Mediterranean'

The build up of US forces in Kurdish controlled areas of north east Syria has forced Tehran to change course in order to secure a long-term ...

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Pro-government forces seize ancient Iraqi site Hatra from IS

Popular Mobilisation forces fighting Islamic State alongside Iraqi forces around Mosul have recaptured the UNESCO-listed ancient site of Hatra ...

Jets launch raids from Syria base hit by US

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Jets launch raids from Syria base hit by US

Two warplanes took off from a central Syrian airbase Friday hours after it was struck by US missiles and carried out bombing raids nearby, a ...

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UN: Destroying cultural heritage may constitute war crime

On Friday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of heritage sites calling on all groups involved ...

Israel claims leading Hizballah official killed in Iran-linked feud

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Israel claims leading Hizballah official killed in Iran-linked feud

Hizballah has denied Israeli claims that its leader ordered the killing of military commander Mustafa Badreddine after he objected to the ...

'Invisible solution' crucial in fight for Syria's cultural heritage

Martin Armstrong

'Invisible solution' crucial in fight for Syria's cultural heritage

A collaboration between a UK-based crime prevention firm and a US university has produced a solution, only detectable under UV light, used in ...

Arab nations fork out to save world's heritage sites

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Arab nations fork out to save world's heritage sites

Seven countries and a US donor have pledged tens of millions of dollars to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world's cultural ...

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