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Syrian regime shelling has struck towns in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, a day after the government announced a ceasefire in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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

Trump to host Lebanese Prime Minister: White House

The New Arab & agencies

Trump to host Lebanese Prime Minister: White House

Saad Hariri is expected to travel to Washington for a meeting with Donald Trump next week, where the two will discuss issues including refugees and combatting terrorism.

<em>Syrian</em> rebel group vow to halt al-Qaeda advance

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian rebel group vow to halt al-Qaeda advance

Heavy fighting continued in northern Syria on Friday, with rebel group Ahrar al-Sham telling The New Arab the fate of Idlib province lies in the ...

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

The New Arab

Hizballah and Syrian regime launch operation on Lebanon border

Hizballah and Syrian regime forces have launched operations on both sides of the Lebanese border to clear rebel fighters.​

The New Arab & agencies

CIA halting support for Syria rebels: report

President Donald Trump administration is halting the CIA's covert programme to equip and train rebel groups fighting the government of ...

Paul McLoughlin

Clashes erupt in Idlib province threatening Syrian rebel truce

A fragile truce between two of Syria's biggest rebel groups is on the verge of breaking, as fresh clashes erupted between the two sides in Idlib ...

Paul McLoughlin

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Syrian rebel group Nour al-Din al-Zinki has walked away from the radical umbrella group as tensions between two rival opposition camps ...

US policy towards Iran must address hostage-taking

James Snell

US policy towards Iran must address hostage-taking

Comment: Trump was right to react to Iranian aggression towards US-trained troops in Syria, but he should not forget the US citizens taken ...

The New Arab & agencies

Opposition infighting in Syria's Idlib kills 14

The fighting involves the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by a former al-Qaeda affiliate, against one-time ally Ahrar al-Sham, a powerful rebel ...

Lebanese authorities clamp down on <em>Syrian</em> refugee campaign

Paul McLoughlin

Lebanese authorities clamp down on Syrian refugee campaign

In-depth: Protests organised by Syrian refugee solidarity campaigners, and a rival pro-army demonstration, have both been banned by ...

Suicide car bomb kills four at Syria Kurdish checkpoint

The New Arab & agencies

Suicide car bomb kills four at Syria Kurdish checkpoint

The blast hit a checkpoint manned by the Asayesh security forces in the Hassakeh province.

US-backed <em>Syrian</em> forces advancing against IS in Raqqa

The New Arab & agencies

US-backed Syrian forces advancing against IS in Raqqa

US-backed forces said they have seized a new neighbourhood from the Islamic State group in Raqqa, northern Syria.

Israel opposes peace in Syria due to Iran fears

The New Arab

Israel opposes peace in Syria due to Iran fears

Israel says it does not support a ceasefire in Syria's south, fearing it will allow Iran to establish air and naval bases close to its border.

The New Arab & agencies

Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

Syrian state media say shells have hit the Russian embassy in Damascus causing material damage.

The New Arab

Syrian regime seizes oil fields from IS in Raqqa

Syrian regime forces have taken control of more oil fields in Raqqa province, a vast desert that lies south of the Islamic ...

The New Arab

Syrian rebel groups clash in troubled Idlib province

Syrian rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham have clashed in Idlib province, following weeks of tensions between two of ...

The New Arab

The Arab world and reverberations of Turkey's failed coup

With Turkey marking the one year anniversary of the failed July 2016 coup, reverberations from the violent takeover attempt continue to shape ...

Crack Hizballah fighters head for the <em>Syrian</em>-Lebanese border

The New Arab

Crack Hizballah fighters head for the Syrian-Lebanese border

Hizballah fighters could soon be fighting in areas around Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon, where as many as ten men were killed in army ...

The New Arab & agencies

Assad regime airstrikes kill 7 near Damascus

Five of the deaths, including the children, were in strikes on Ain Terma in the Eastern Ghouta region, the largest rebel enclave around the ...

UN Syria envoy hails small gains in peace talks UN Syria envoy hails small gains in peace talks

The New Arab & agencies

UN Syria envoy hails small gains in peace talks

United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura says he plans to convene an eighth round of talks in early September, instructing all sides to be ...

Morocco jails six for hailing Russian envoy Ankara murder

The New Arab

Morocco jails six for hailing Russian envoy Ankara murder

A court in Morocco has sentenced six people to one year in jail for hailing the December 2016 assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey in ...

Russia to have semi-permanent military presence in Syria

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.

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