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

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of a regime military jet, a defence spokesperson has said.

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 retreating towards regime territory.

Trump says Arabs and Israelis 'share common enemy' Iran

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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

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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. ...

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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Spooked Syrian regime moves attack aircraft to Russian airbase

The majority of the Syrian regime's air fleet have been moved within close to the Russian airbase in Latakia, to protect the force from possible US strikes.

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 ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime depopulates rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

Assad must go, but support for transition is essential

Anisa Abeytia

Assad must go, but support for transition is essential

Comment: Trump's airstrikes on Assad's airbase were punitive. The US, supported by the international community, must now provide consistent ...

The New Arab & agencies

Assad's 'murderous rampage' must be stopped: McCain

US Senator John McCain has demanded the end of Damascus' 'murderous rampage', calling on Moscow to cease its support of the regime.

France pressing for Syria Chemical weapons attack resolution

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France pressing for Syria Chemical weapons attack resolution

France's UN Ambassador insists UN must throw its weight behind efforts to clearly identify the perpetrators of the April 4 chemical attack on ...

Assad's opponents and supporters double-down after US missile strike

Paul Iddon

Assad's opponents and supporters double-down after US missile strike

Analysis: The cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase has cemented already entrenched positions, writes Paul Iddon.

<em>Russian</em> officials face Western sanctions over Syria war

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Russian officials face Western sanctions over Syria war

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warns sanctions could soon target high-ranking Russian and Syrian officials who had been ...

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