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Comment: Turkey has been accused in UAE media of abandoning Syria's rebels, but it is Saudi Arabia and the Emirates who have pursued cynical policies in Syria, writes Sam Hamad

Syria's tourism minister wants to boost the country's tourism industry with the opening of international flights, as a bloody war rages on in the country.

Russia's next half-century in Syria

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 and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over Raqqa

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Russia and Syrian regime 'collaborating with Kurds' over Raqqa

The US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters have agreed to an intelligence-sharing deal with Russia and the Syrian regime, after ...

Syrian regime agrees to ceasefire in ravaged Damascus suburb

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime agrees to ceasefire in ravaged Damascus suburb

Eastern Ghouta has been one of the most heavily bombed areas of Syria. Now peace could return as the Syrian regime announces a ceasefire.

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.

The New Arab

Mixed messages about US-Russia vision to end Syria war

President Putin says Russia is enjoying a new period of cooperation with the US under Trump, but the state department still insists Assad must ...

Sam Hamad

Daraa 'de-escalation' masks Assad's ethnic cleansing in Syria

Comment: Daraa, like Aleppo before it, could fall without the world batting an eyelid. The remaining population would be cleansed, and Assad's ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey prepares to ramp up fight against Syrian Kurds

Analysis: Ankara wants to oust the YPG from Tel Rifaat, according to Turkish newspaper reports.

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of a regime ...

Russia strikes IS militants fleeing Raqqa to regime areas

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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 ...

Trump says Arabs and Israelis 'share common enemy' Iran

The New Arab

Trump says Arabs and Israelis 'share common enemy' Iran

US President says he is becoming increasingly aware of the common front that Arab and Muslim nations and Israel share against the threat of Iran.

Turkey convicts Syrian rebel over illicit weapons stash

Robert Cusack

Turkey convicts Syrian rebel over illicit weapons stash

Alparslan Celik, who previously boasted on social media of the murder of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, was charged after police uncovered ...

Trump leaves domestic scandals behind during Saudi Arabia visit

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Trump leaves domestic scandals behind during Saudi Arabia visit

As Donald Trump makes his first overseas visit as president, troubles at home for his administration are mounting.

The New Arab & agencies

Convoy hit by coalition in Syria likely 'Iranian-directed': Mattis

US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the pro-regime convoy that was struck by US-led warplanes inside Syria earlier this week was likely directed by Iran.

The New Arab & agencies

US-led coalition denies civilian 'air raid massacre' in Syria

The US-led coalition against IS has denied its aircraft carried out an air raid in eastern Syria which left dozens of people dead ...

Martin Armstrong

US-Russia resume air-coms, but confusion remains over Syria 'safe-zones'

While Washington has backed a Russian-proposed de-escalation plan for Syria, it has done so with a degree of scepticism concerning the ...

The New Arab & agencies

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

Syria 'safe zones' come into effect but fighting continues

The New Arab

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 ...

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Chomsky and the Syria revisionists: The Left's moral cul-de-sac

Comment: In Chomsky's hierarchy of concerns, it seems a westerner's right to deny genocide is more sacrosanct than a Syrian's right to life and ...

Chomsky and the Syria revisionists: Regime whitewashing

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Chomsky and the Syria revisionists: Regime whitewashing

Comment: Chomsky cites Postol because he is a man with credentials, giving conspiracy theories a veneer of scientific plausibility, writes ...

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. ...

Watchdog rejects <em>Russian</em>-Iranian bid for new Syria chemical probe

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Watchdog rejects Russian-Iranian bid for new Syria chemical probe

The global chemical arms watchdog Thursday "overwhelmingly" rejected a Russian-Iranian move to launch a new investigation into a ...

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