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Following a deal brokered by opposition groups and Russia, Syrian rebels and civilians were transported to Afrin.

Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia held a meeting in Baghdad Thursday of military and security officials to coordinate "anti-terrorism" efforts, the Iranian defense ministry said.

Syria chemical attack probe stalls as regime 'hides evidence'

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Syria chemical attack probe stalls as regime 'hides evidence'

The team from the world's chemical arms watchdog has not been able to begin its field work in Douma, where dozens were killed in a suspected 7 April gas attack.

Washington seeking Arab <em>force</em> to replace Syria presence: report

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Washington seeking Arab force to replace Syria presence: report

President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in extricating the US from its foreign entanglements.

Syria shoots down missiles over Homs, state TV reports

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Syria shoots down missiles over Homs, state TV reports

Two missiles were shot down by Syrian air defences over the central Homs region, state-run TV said, days after Western strikes were ...

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Syria missile attack 'false alarm', state media says

State media reports that Syrian regime air defences shot down missiles over the central Homs region have been retracted.

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Lieberman says Russia cannot 'limit' Israeli actions in Syria

Israel's defence minister says his country will maintain 'total freedom of action' in Syria in response to a question on Russian ...

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Assad allies respond to US-led Syria airstrikes

Syrian regime allies Iran, Russia and others have slammed US, French and UK air strikes on suspected chemical facilities in Syria.

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US, France, Britain launch airstrikes on Syria

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes on Syria's capital Damascus in response to alleged chemical weapons ...

Syria's Afrin creates council after Kurd militia ousted

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Syria's Afrin creates council after Kurd militia ousted

Turkish state media said a 20-member interim council was set up in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Thursday, weeks after it was captured by ...

Sam Heller

Can US respond to chemical attacks without risking escalation?

Comment: Crisis Group's Sam Heller lays out the Douma attack's impact and the repercussions of a possible new US-led intervention.

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Paul Iddon

Is the Syrian war about to get more complicated?

Analysis: A lack of willingness among major powers to make substantial compromises will likely result in the Syrian war dragging on for years to ...

Syria <em>air</em> base attack: 14 killed, including Iranian forces

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Syria air base attack: 14 killed, including Iranian forces

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 fighters were killed in the air base missile strike, including members of Iran-backed ...

Syrian rebels 'agree to leave' Douma following chemical attack

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Syrian rebels 'agree to leave' Douma following chemical attack

Syrian rebel group Jaish al-Islam have agreed to leave the besieged Douma, hours after a chemical attack was launched on the Damascus suburb ...

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Will Iraq fight Islamic State in Syria?

Analysis: It would be in Baghdad's interest to see Islamic State neutralised in the Syrian border region of Deir az-Zour, writes Paul Iddon.

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More than 40,000 people returned to Syria's Ghouta: Moscow

The return of civilians to Eastern Ghouta would mark a major gain for the regime, which has tried to position itself as a guarantor of security.

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Major Syrian regime offensive 'expected' in Eastern Ghouta's Douma

The Syrian regime is reportedly planning a 'huge' offensive in Douma after the rebel Jaysh al-Islam refused to evacuate the suburb of Damascus.

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More than 1,600 rebels to evacuate Eastern Ghouta

Buses prepared to enter a bombed-out town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Thursday after an agreement to evacuate hundreds of rebels and their ...

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UN slams ‘tragic’ conditions of Ghouta’s displaced

The regime's relentless bombing, shelling and use of chemical weapons in Eastern Ghouta has provoked an exodus of more than 50,000 civilians, in ...

Rebels 'agree evacuation deal' in Eastern Ghouta town

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Rebels 'agree evacuation deal' in Eastern Ghouta town

Fighters from Ahrar al-Sham have reportedly agreed to lay down their arms in return for safe passage to an opposition-held area, after weeks of ...

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Turkey threatens new assaults on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces could be the next target of a joint Turkish-Syrian rebel offensive, President Erdogan has warned.

Fresh airstrikes hit Eastern Ghouta as '7,000 civilians flee'

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Fresh airstrikes hit Eastern Ghouta as '7,000 civilians flee'

The Assad regime launched fresh strikes using napalm and cluster bombs on besieged Eastern Ghouta and rebel-held Idlib, amid reports rebels shot ...

Destination: Ghouta

Paul McLoughlin

Destination: Ghouta

Syrian activists held a shock protest at City Airport this weekend, against an airline's relationship with a Russian state-owned ...

Turkey ramps up Kurdish-held Afrin assault

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Turkey ramps up Kurdish-held Afrin assault

Officials fear for humanitarian concerns in Afrin as Ankara steps up its campaign against the Kurdish-held enclave.

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