Syria regime in new offensive as Putin blasts US

2015-10-16 07:06

Russia says its warplanes had eased back on airstrikes in Syria as regime forces press a widening ground offensive, while President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for not co-operating over the conflict.

Israel works with Russia on Syria

2015-09-24 20:24

An Israeli military source says Israel has set up a joint mechanism with the Russian military to co-ordinate efforts in Syria.

Iran welcomes UN peace plan for Syria

2015-08-21 05:19

Iran has welcomed a UN peace plan aimed at ending the four-year war in its ally Syria, saying President Bashar al-Assad's regime needed to be directly involved.

UN chief calls on Security Council to take action on Syria

2015-06-24 21:58

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on the UN Security Council to take "urgent action" on Syria amid daily atrocities and rights abuses.

More than 220 000 dead in Syria conflict - monitor

2015-04-16 16:08

The conflict in Syria has left more than 220 000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group has said.

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria - UN envoy

2015-02-14 11:30

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria has said in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

1 million wounded, diseases rife in Syria - WHO

2014-12-19 14:37

One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the WHO’s Syria representative says.

Venezuela calls jihadists a Western 'Frankenstein'

2014-09-25 08:39

Venezuela's leftist president Nicolas Maduro has accused Western powers of helping create the jihadist crisis in the Middle East and said that the only solution involved respecting regional governments.

Syria rebels recruit teenage fighters

2014-06-23 12:11

Human Rights Watch has urged Syrian rebel groups to stop enlisting teenagers in their ranks and warned their foreign backers that they could be implicated in "war crimes".

Deal breakdown leaves 270 rebels trapped in Syria

2014-05-09 22:04

Around 270 Syrian rebels granted safe exit under a complex deal with President Bashar al-Assad's forces are being held in Homs by the army after insurgents elsewhere failed to uphold their side of the agreement.


Hezbollah announces truce covering three Syrian towns

2015-09-26 12:50

Hassan Nasrallah says a six-month truce has been agreed for rebel-held town of Zabadani and two Shia towns in northwest.

Merkel: Assad must be involved in talks

2015-09-24 12:16

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says President Bashar al-Assad should be involved in any Syrian peace talks, amid mounting pressure to end the conflict.

Assad confidante dies of illness

2015-06-28 14:10

Mohammed Nasif Khayrbik, a senior Syrian government security official close to President Bashar al-Assad, has died after a long illness, state media says.

Assad troops and rebels targeting civilians

2015-06-23 23:45

Syrian government forces have dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo nearly daily this year, amounting to the war crime of targeting civilians, and insurgent shelling has caused mass casualties the UN says.

150 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS - Activists

2015-02-25 06:05

ISIS militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in raids in northeastern Syria, Christian Syrian activists say.

EU upholds sanctions against Assad’s uncle

2015-01-21 15:51

An EU court has upheld sanctions against the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, dismissing his appeal against the measures.

Syria activists mourn 'death' of revolution

2014-11-28 14:09

With regime troops and jihadists battling for control of Syria, sidelined activists who led a pro-democracy uprising in 2011 say their revolution has died along with their dreams of freedom.

Iraq battles militant onslaught as Kerry presses unity

2014-06-24 20:00

Pro-government forces held off attacks on a key Iraqi town and oil refinery as John Kerry pushed for unity against a militant onslaught the UN says left over 1 000 dead.

Truck bomb kills at least 35 in Syria's Hama

2014-06-20 13:32

A massive truck bomb claimed by rebels has killed at least 35 people in a government-controlled village in the central Syrian province of Hama.

Assad allies profit from lucrative food trade

2013-11-14 17:30

As food begins to flow into Syria after months of disruption, some of the President Bashar al-Assad's allies stand to make substantial profits, a report states.

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