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A dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar has simmered down amid signs there is a desire to end the rift, France's special envoy for the Gulf crisis has said.

Comment: Israel's attack on Syrian regime targets demonstrates what could have been achieved if the US or NATO had imposed a no-fly zone, writes Sam Hamad.

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Paul Iddon

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Analysis: With the Islamic State group and domestic opposition largely crushed, foreign powers continue to jostle for power and influence in what remains of Syria, writes Paul Iddon.

Sisi's Sinai operation is counter-democracy, not counter-terrorist

Robert Springborg

Sisi's Sinai operation is counter-democracy, not counter-terrorist

Comment: The real purpose of Sisi's operation is to reassure and intimidate voters, to glorify the president, and to distract from the regime's ...

Israeli warplanes strike Syrian military <em>base</em> outside Damascus

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Israeli warplanes strike Syrian military base outside Damascus

Israel has struck Syrian arms convoys nearly 100 times since the war broke out in 2012 with the latest attack outside Damascus.

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Qatar-US alliance reaffirmed at end of Washington strategic dialogue

The US is looking to resolve the GCC crisis, which since June has pitted Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar.

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Qatar plans massive expansion of US military base

Al Udeid is currently the largest US military base in the Middle East and is critical to US air operations in the ...

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'Mistaken' US strikes kill eight Iraqi security personnel

Eight Iraqis have been killed and 20 injured when a convoy of police and Popular Mobilisation Forces fighters were mistaken for IS militants and ...

James Snell

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

Comment: The justification Turkey offered for its Afrin offensive - that it was fighting the Islamic State group as well as the YPG - is ...

Syria regime capture key Idlib airbase

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Syria regime capture key Idlib airbase

Syria's regime has said troops and militia fighters have won back Abu Duhur airbase in Idlib, which sees Damascus in control of a key military ...

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Russian forces withdrawn from Afrin as Turkish forces attack

Russia has withdrawn its troops from Afrin -under fire from Turkish jets - as Ankara announces the start of an offensive to capture the Syrian ...

Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen 'rebel missile'

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen 'rebel missile'

Riyadh is accusing rival Iran of arming the rebels after intercepting a missile attack fired by Yemen's Houthis into the south of the kingdom.

Libya: Tripoli flights still suspended after deadly airport clashes

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Libya: Tripoli flights still suspended after deadly airport clashes

The Libyan capital's only working international airport remained closed to flights on Tuesday, the airport said, a day after fighting killed at ...

Trump praises Qatar as UAE attempts to escalate crisis

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Trump praises Qatar as UAE attempts to escalate crisis

The US president on Monday praised Doha for its counter-terrorism efforts as rival UAE sought to escalate crisis with unsubstantiated claims ...

Turkey and Qatar leaders meet in Ankara

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Turkey and Qatar leaders meet in Ankara

Turkey's President Erdogan and Qatar's Emir Tamim al-Thani held talks in Ankara on Monday, as the UAE accused Doha of intercepting two ...

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German defense minister visits troops at Jordan base

Ursula van der Leyen said that Germany will continue the fight against IS will continue, as the minister visited German troops at a base close to the Syrian border.

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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 ...

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Nearly 100,000 displaced by Syrian regime's Idlib offensive

Bashar al-Assad's forces, backed by Russia, launched an offensive at the end of 2017 to capture Idlib province, the last remaining area ...

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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 ...

Russia 'confirms' Syrian rebel drone attack on Latakia <em>base</em>

Paul McLoughlin

Russia 'confirms' Syrian rebel drone attack on Latakia base

Russia's defence ministry says it thwarted an attempted aerial attack on its airbase in Latakia and naval port in Tartous by Syria's rebels with ...

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Syrian regime breaks rebel siege on army base

The Syrian regime says its forces have ended a rebel siege on an army base in the eastern outskirts of Damascus.

HRW denounces detention of Saudi cleric over 'pro-Qatar' tweet

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HRW denounces detention of Saudi cleric over 'pro-Qatar' tweet

Human Rights Watch says Saudi authorities are holding a prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Awdah without charge after he tweeted remarks ...

Assad moves on Idlib, but Ghouta leaves regime vulnerable

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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 ...

Airstrikes kill at least 17 civilians in Eastern Ghouta

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Airstrikes kill at least 17 civilians in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian regime forces and Russian airstrikes on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday.

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