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Hizballah officially entered the Syrian war in 2013 on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Iran and Russia.

The UN had warned that an all-out assault on the province where three million people live would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe and one of the worst bloodbaths of Syria's war.

Time limits on Russia-Turkey deal confirm Idlib offensive fears

The New Arab

Time limits on Russia-Turkey deal confirm Idlib offensive fears

An offensive on Idlib province appears to be a question of when not if, according to details of the draft released today.

Syria's warring parties welcome Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib

The New Arab & agencies

Syria's warring parties welcome Russia-Turkey deal on Idlib

More than 500,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since Syria's war started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government ...

Photoblog: Medics on the front-line in Syria's Idlib

Aaref Watad

Photoblog: Medics on the front-line in Syria's Idlib

In pictures: Medical staff protest against the anticipated regime assault in Idlib, as makeshift health centres continue to treat the injured, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime holds local elections, first since uprising began

Voting centres have opened in regime-controlled areas for the first local elections since 2011, when Syrians' demands for democratic reforms where put down by brutal military force.

Florence Dixon

Assad troops arresting former White Helmets 'every day'

Civilians and humanitarian workers who signed 'ceasefire' deals with the Syrian regime that assured their safety are now being arrested on a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Germany can't 'look away' if Assad uses chemical weapons

Earlier on Wednesday, the US warned Assad against using any chemical weapons ahead of the anticipated regime offensive on ...

The New Arab & agencies

Assad 'has been warned' over chemical weapons use: Mattis

"He's been warned, and so we'll see if he's wised up," the US defence secretary told Pentagon reporters.

Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

The New Arab

Syria signs export deals with Iraqi, Kuwaiti, Russian firms

Western governments say they are unwilling to invest in or trade with Assad's regime without a plan for political transition in Damascus.

The New Arab & agencies

IS ambush kills 21 Syrian regime fighters in Suweida

The attack late on Monday in Syria's southern province of Suweida came as US-backed forces advanced against the militants on the border with ...

A graveyard's quiet looms over Syria's Idlib

James Snell

A graveyard's quiet looms over Syria's Idlib

Comment: In Idlib, as in Daraa, the world will choose to remain passive while brutal violence tears lives apart, writes James Snell.

Germany considers joining US-led strikes on Syria

The New Arab

Germany considers joining US-led strikes on Syria

The move would also signal a U-turn for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has previously said Germany would not take part in 'military missions' in ...

US warns Syrian regime <em>chemical</em> attack is being planned

The New Arab

US warns Syrian regime chemical attack is being planned

A new Syrian regime chemical attack in being planned, according to the US.

Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington

Party cups as gas masks: Idlib civilians prepare

Around three million people live in the rebel stronghold in northwest Syria, report Khalil Ashawi and Lisa Barrington.

Florence Dixon

Idlib's civilians preparing for the worst, say aid groups

Islamic Relief's Syria spokesperson told The New Arab of the desperate situation in Syria's densely populated northwest, where civilians with nowhere else to go wait for a deadly regime offensive.

The New Arab

US volte-face on Syria pull-out, with focus on Iran

The US will reverse its planned withdrawal from Syria, and instead aim at defeating the Islamic State group and forcing Iran to withdraw from ...

The New Arab & agencies

Across the globe, fears mount over impending Idlib bloodbath

An international chorus of rights groups and governments is pleading the Syrian regime and its allies to resist launching an offensive to retake ...

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan warns of 'massacre' in Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Erdogan warned of a "very merciless process" to be carried out by the Assad regime in Idlib, and that Turkey could face an influx of millions ...

Trump wanted Assad assassinated, says explosive new book

The New Arab & agencies

Trump wanted Assad assassinated, says explosive new book

Excerpts from a new book by famed reporter Bob Woodward were released on Tuesday by the Washington Post, a week before its wider release to the ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran's foreign minister in Damascus as Idlib offensive looms

Mohammad Javad Zarif is holding talks with Syrian officials, as the regime prepares for a phased offensive on rebel-held Idlib.

Syria vows to 'go all the way' in Idlib

The New Arab & agencies

Syria vows to 'go all the way' in Idlib

Regime forces have been massing around Idlib for days and look poised to launch what could be the last major battle of the civil war that has ...

Russia to hold Mediterranean drills as Syria tensions rise

The New Arab & agencies

Russia to hold Mediterranean drills as Syria tensions rise

Russia has announced major military drills in the Mediterranean Sea amid growing tensions over a rebel-held enclave in Syria.

Syria news site reveals 'top-secret prison' near Assad's palace

The New Arab

Syria news site reveals 'top-secret prison' near Assad's palace

A Syrian news website has revealed details of an alleged top-secret prison and a chemical weapons storage facility close to ...

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