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Analysis: Since the fall of IS' self-proclaimed caliphate, some fighters from south-east Asia have returned home, but many remain in the region, writes Zam Yusa.

A delegation from the Syrian Democratic Council discussed local administration and decentralisation with the Syrian government in Damascus, local news reported.

Cost of Syria war destruction almost $400 billion: UN

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Cost of Syria war destruction almost $400 billion: UN

The figure does not include the loss of competences and skilled labour, considered the "most important enablers of the Syrian economy".

US-led strikes kill 28 militants in eastern Syria

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US-led strikes kill 28 militants in eastern Syria

Dozens of IS militants were killed in US-led coalition air strikes.

Lebanese official: Repatriated IS members fairly questioned

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Lebanese official: Repatriated IS members fairly questioned

Eight suspected members of the Islamic State group handed over to Lebanon recently are being questioned under the supervision of judicial ...

Theodore Karasik and Giorgio Cafiero

Idlib further complicates Turkish-Russian relationship

Comment: If Assad attempts an assault on the western province, a major geopolitical showdown as well as devastation on the ground will follow, write Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik.

Thomas Essel

Is this the end of Syrian-Kurdish aspirations?

Comment: Facing geopolitical chaos in Syria, the US will likely quietly withdraw its support for Kurdish militants in the country's north, ...

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Turkey planning summit with France, Germany, Russia

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking to hold a summit in Istanbul with France, Germany and Russia on 7 September to discuss ...

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UK 'pauses cooperation' with US over IS terror suspects

British authorities agreed to a “short-term pause” of the mutual legal assistance process with the US two IS terror suspects after a request ...

<em>Syrian</em> 'decentralised state' agreed between Kurdish-led SDF and regime

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Syrian 'decentralised state' agreed between Kurdish-led SDF and regime

In a potential breakthrough to end the Syrian war, the political arm of the SDF said it had agreed a roadmap to create a 'decentralised ...

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Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

Kurdish-led delegation lands in Damascus, holds talks with regime

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Kurdish-led delegation lands in Damascus, holds talks with regime

The talks come after Assad threatened to retake Kurdish-held areas by force.

Syria regime 'raises flag' on frontier with Israel-occupied Golan

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Syria regime 'raises flag' on frontier with Israel-occupied Golan

The Assad regime has been fighting for over a month to capture the country's south, which borders both the Israeli-occupied Golan and Jordan.

Mattis denies US-Russia military cooperation in Syria

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Mattis denies US-Russia military cooperation in Syria

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said there would be no cooperation with the Russian military in Syria, dismissing reports that emerged after a ...

France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

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France, Russia send first joint humanitarian aid to Syria

A Russian military cargo plane carrying 50 tons of medical aid and humanitarian supplies as part of a joint French-Russian initiative left ...

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

Sam Hamad

Trump: Russia's junior partner in the White House

Comment: With Trump and Putin closer than ever, things can only get worse for Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

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Syrian Kurdish-Arab council readies for talks with Assad regime

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed ...

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Trump and Putin agree to secure Israel's Syria 'border'

Russia and the US appear to have agreed a deal to secure the Golan border, illegally occupied by Israel, during a meeting between Putin and ...

Last Kurdish YPG fighters leave Syria's Manbij

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Last Kurdish YPG fighters leave Syria's Manbij

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) led the 2016 offensive to rid Manbij of the Islamic State group and had kept military advisers in ...

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Daraa rebels surrendering as brutal Assad regime continues assault

Syrian rebels in Daraa, dubbed as the cradle of the Syrian revolution are surrendering their weapons amid Assad regime ...

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

Sylvain Mercadier

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

In-depth: Assyrians of the Khabbur plain were targeted in the jihadists' assaults, and relied on the support of Kurdish and Arab fighters to ...

Air strike kills 28 civilians in Syria's east

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Air strike kills 28 civilians in Syria's east

The state-run SANA news agency charged the US coalition with the strike, but a monitoring group said it is unclear whether it was an Iraqi or US ...

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul ...

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