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Turkey has repeatedly warned that a full-scale operation against Syrian towns controlled by the YPG is imminent after the US said it was training a 30,000-strong border force there.

A UK-based analysis firm has said this year's World Cup tournament would be an 'attractive target' for Islamic State extremists, given host Russia's role in defeating the group in Syria.

Syrian civilians killed in nighttime Idlib air 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 Ghouta with chlorine gas.

Syrian Kurds remain vital to <em>Russian</em> and US interests

Bashdar Ismaeel

Syrian Kurds remain vital to Russian and US interests

Analysis: As Syria's civil war stutters towards an eventual end, the jockeying for political influence and strategic footholds is as crucial as ...

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Paul Iddon

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop ...

Naveed Ahmad

Is Pakistan's loss America's gain?

Comment: Pakistan's military has been ready for the US refusal to sell arms or provide assistance for about a decade, writes Naveed Ahmad.

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Syrian regime forces reach rebel-held air base in Idlib

Syrian regime forces have reached the outskirts of a rebel-held air base in Idlib, as the government pushes forward a campaign to retake the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Assad moves on Idlib, but Ghouta leaves regime vulnerable

While Assad has retaken more than half of the country with a string of victories against rebels, the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta remains a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Two Russian soldiers killed in Syria air base attack

Two Russian serviceman were killed in an attack at Syria's Hmeimim air base, Moscow's defence ministry said, bringing the total number ...

Syrian forces prepare to retake base besieged by rebels

The New Arab

Syrian forces prepare to retake base besieged by rebels

Syrian rebel forces have taken control of the Military Vehicles Administration base against a backdrop of regime victories against opposition ...

The New Arab & agencies

Russian helicopter crashes in Syria, killing two

Two pilots were killed and a third person injured after a Russian military helicopter crashed in Syria while flying to Hama.

Syria's Assad reshuffles government as heavy fighting continues

The New Arab

Syria's Assad reshuffles government as heavy fighting continues

Bashar al-Assad has reshuffled the Syrian government and replaced ministers of defence, information and industry.

Trump the anti-Obama targets Iran

Kyle W. Orton

Trump the anti-Obama targets Iran

Comment: If Trump has any one guiding principle, it is to be the anti-Obama - and on foreign policy, there are worse doctrines, writes Kyle ...

Trump could allow Assad to stay on as president

The New Arab

Trump could allow Assad to stay on as president

Washington's Syria policy could be about to take a dramatic u-turn, after media reports suggest that Trump might allow Assad to stay on as ...

Russia 'begins to withdraw' military from war-torn Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Russia 'begins to withdraw' military from war-torn Syria

Russia said elements of Moscow’s military contingent to Syria had begun returning home on Monday, after Russian President Vladimir ...

The New Arab

'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

The UK's new defence minister Gavin Williamson said British citizens fighting for Islamic State group should be located, killed and banned from returning to the country.

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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.

The New Arab

Will the thousands of foreign troops in Syria leave?

Syria's brutal war may be slowly winding down, but the country is awash in weapons and thousands of foreign forces – some of whom may never ...

The New Arab & agencies

IS recaptures 'last stronghold' in Syria from regime, Hizballah

IS fighters have retaken the town of Albukamal in eastern Syria from Assad regime troops and allied Iranian-backed militias, which ...

Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime forces capture 'last IS stronghold' Deir az-Zour

Regime forces have reportedly ousted the Islamic State group from their Syrian stronghold of Deir az-Zour, which came under the militants' ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey gearing up to destroy Al-Qaeda's offshoot in Syria

Analysis: Wresting control of Idlib province from Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham would allow Turkey to effectively surround the Kurdish-held Afrin ...

Turkey's interests in Syria don't include Idlib's people

James Snell

Turkey's interests in Syria don't include Idlib's people

Comment: Turkish-supported rebel factions in Syria are unlikely to fight al-Qaeda's local franchise, as doing so could benefit the Assad regime, ...

Syrian regime forces enter IS-held Mayadeen

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime forces enter IS-held Mayadeen

Syrian government forces prepare to deal a 'severe blow' to the IS group amid mounting concerns about civilian casualties.

Slain <em>Russian</em> general 'held senior post' in Syrian army

The New Arab

Slain Russian general 'held senior post' in Syrian army

Russian general Valery Asapov had been seconded to Bashar al-Assad's regime as a military commander before he was killed in Syria, ...

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