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The surprise drill comes as Netanyahu warns that the Syrian regime is "no longer immune" from Israeli retaliatory airstrikes in the border area awash with tension

Since September 2015, Assad's forces have been making strong gains on the ground against insurgents thanks to Russian air cover and ground forces made up of Iranian-backed fighters.

Qatar 'will not support attack on Iran' despite differences

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Qatar 'will not support attack on Iran' despite differences

Qatar's defence minister said Doha will not 'go and fuel a war' in the region by entering or supporting a conflict with Iran.

Missiles hit Syrian regime airbase in Homs province

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Missiles hit Syrian regime airbase in Homs province

More airstrikes targeted Syrian regime positions on Thursday evening, with Hizballah fighters believed to be among the casualties.

Russia downs drone near military <em>base</em> in Syria

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Russia downs drone near military base in Syria

Russia's Syria air base in Latakia has come under attack again.

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Putin hosts Assad as UN warns against Idlib attack

Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad met in Sochi on Thursday, following a stark UN warning against displacing civilians from rebel-held areas of Idlib.

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Denmark to pull special forces out of Iraq

NATO-member Denmark said it will withdraw its special forces from Iraq, who have been taking part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic ...

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Bahrain: Israel 'right to defend itself' following Syria strikes

Israel has a right to 'defend itself', Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa said on Twitter, after the Israeli military ...

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Russia calls for calm following Iran-Israel clashes in Syria

Russia has asked Israel and Iran to show restraint after brief clashes between the two sides in Syria.

Qatar fears escalation, calls for nuclear-free Middle East

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Qatar fears escalation, calls for nuclear-free Middle East

Qatar has responded to Donald Trump's announcement to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal by urging for a 'collective response' that would see the ...

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

Suspected Israeli strike near Damascus kills nine pro-regime fighters

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Suspected Israeli strike near Damascus kills nine pro-regime fighters

The strikes on Iran-backed Syrian forces comes hours after Trump announced the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Israel may assassinate Syria's Assad over Iran support: minister

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Israel may assassinate Syria's Assad over Iran support: minister

Israel will assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he continues to allow close ally Iran to operate in Syria, the Israeli ...

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Robert Springborg

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

Rebels dig in for Assad offensive in Syria's Daraa

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Rebels dig in for Assad offensive in Syria's Daraa

A regime victory in Daraa would carry symbolic weight - it was the cradle of Syria's seven-year uprising against Assad's rule.

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Russia 'intercepts drone attack' on its airbase in Syria

Military drones have attacked a Russian airbase in western Syria, prompting air defence forces to intercept the offensive, Syrian news website Orient News reported.

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Iran, trade dominate agenda on Macron's Washington visit

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to emphasise the importance of the Iran nuclear deal and trade ties with Europe during his meeting ...

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UAE and Bahrain 'manipulating' Qatar's airspace activities

Doha has said the UAE is a 'threat' to airspace security after Abu Dhabi accused Qatari fighter jets of flying 'dangerously close' to an Emirati ...

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Bahrain's foreign minister calls for prosecution of Al Jazeera

The Bahraini official said that in addition to the 13 demands issued by a Saudi-led anti-Qatar bloc to Doha, is that Al Jazeera should ...

Qatar attends military drill in Saudi Arabia despite crisis

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Qatar attends military drill in Saudi Arabia despite crisis

Qatari troops have taken part in military exercises in Saudi Arabia, despite a blockade imposed on the emirate by its neighbours, Qatari state ...

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US-led strikes 'failed to deter' Assad from chemical warfare

US-led missile strikes against the Syrian regime have failed to destroy its chemical stockpiles and have not deterred their use in future, ...

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

James Snell

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

Comment: Not only did Trump's much vaunted strikes fail to threaten Assad; they have actually bolstered him, writes James Snell.

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting Najran city

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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting Najran city

Saudi Arabia intercepted a Houthi missile aimed at the southern city of Najran on Monday evening, the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen said.

Saudi-led coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen drones

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Saudi-led coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen drones

The warning came after Riyadh it had shot down two drones and intercepted ballistic missiles fired from Yemen.

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