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Trump Idlib comments fall on deaf Kremlin ears

The Kremlin on Monday rebuffed criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump of Russian and Syrian government military action in Syria’s Idlib province, saying it was justified. Trump on Sunday urged Russia and Syrian government forces to stop bombing Idlib, following a Friday Kremlin statement that signaled Moscow would continue to …

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Israel assaults anti-aircraft positions in Damascus

Israel’s military said it attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft position that fired on one of its warplanes on Monday, and Syrian state media reported that a soldier had been killed in what it called an “Israeli aggression”. “Syrian anti-aircraft systems fired at an IDF fighter jet during a routine flight in …

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Turkey will not remove forces from Idlib

Turkey will not evacuate its military observation post in northern Syria’s Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the region, after a suspected Syrian government attack this month, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency has said that Syrian government forces have carried out at least three …

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Turkish backed rebels attack Kurds in Syria

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels launched an offensive into territory held by the Kurdish YPG militia north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday, seizing some territory before heavy shelling forced them to retreat. The operation marked an escalation on one of the most complicated theaters of the multi-sided Syrian war. …

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Syria to pay more to its wheat farmers

The Syrian government has raised the price it pays farmers for their wheat after the smallest crop in three decades in 2018, a pro-government newspaper said on Wednesday. Syria is expected to import around 1.5 million tonnes of mainly Russian wheat this year with local wheat procurement expected at around …

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Syrian president talks peace and prosperity in Russia

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior officials from his strongest ally Russia in Damascus on Friday and Saturday to discuss upcoming peace talks and trade between the two countries, state media in Syria reported. Russia has helped Assad’s forces to take back most of the country but the eight-year-long war …

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Is there a solution to the gasoline crisis in Syria?

The Levant News exclusive – DAMASCUS – Safa Salal – Near the line of cars on the street next to the Al-Jalaa fuel station in the Al-Mazza area, west of Damascus, three men were dancing the Dabkeh folklore dance while they are waiting to buy the “Gasoline” for their cars …

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Syrian air defence intercept Israeli planes

Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on Saturday, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said on Saturday. Citing military sources, SANA news agency and Syrian state television said that Israeli aircraft had targeted “one of …

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Suicide bombers attacks in war-torn Syria

Suicide bombers disguised as farmers struck an army position in western Syria on Tuesday in an attack that killed three people and all the militants, state-run media said. The attack north of Hama city adds to pressures on Russian-Turkish agreements that have contained the war in northwestern Syria, the last …

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Turkey retaliates in Syria following murder of soldier

One Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded in a mortar attack on their position in northwest Syria on Sunday and Turkey’s military launched retaliatory fire, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. It said the attack was carried out by the Kurdish YPG militia in the Afrin region, where Turkey-backed …

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Normalcy returning to Syrian movie making

On a long-disused film set outside Damascus featuring mud houses, palm trees, alleyways and camels, actors in flowing robes are making a television series that the producers say is part of a gradual revival of their industry. Like most other sectors of the economy in Syria, the film and television …

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Syria says Israeli strike on Aleppo non-essential

The Syrian military said Israel on Wednesday launched raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo, causing damage only to materials, while opposition sources said the strikes hit Iranian ammunitions stores and a military airport used by Tehran’s forces. “The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh …

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Golan, Will the journey of peace come to a dead end?

By Areej Zaher*   14th December 1981 was a grievous day for Syria, when the Israeli Knesset declared Israel law, judicial and administrative sovereignty over the Syrian occupied Golan, although it was rejected by the UN council and the international community. The General Assembly of the UN backed Syria’s legitimate …

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UN firm on Syrian identity of Golan

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “clear that the status of Golan has not changed,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. “The U.N.’s policy on Golan is reflected in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and …

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Arab League condemns Trump decsion on Golan

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, saying on Monday the decision does not change the area’s status, according to a statement published by Egypt’s state news agency MENA. His comments came after Trump signed a proclamation officially …

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Kurds, tool to keep fighting ISIS in Syria

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formally announced the destruction of Islamic State’s control of land in eastern Syria on Saturday but said it would continue its military and security campaigns against jihadist sleeper cells. At a televised ceremony, its general command called on the Syrian government, which has sworn to …

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Iran and Iraq sending military brass to Syria

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss “ways to combat terrorism”, the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday. The paper gave no further details of what would likely be discussed at the meeting, or its timing and …

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Syrian economy suffers from sanctions and unemployment

By Areej Zaher -In a country which adopted socialism as a way of life, economic difficulties will be its penalty. The Syrian war brought not only blood and terror but also EU sanctions to Syrian stock holdings and ventures, and the Syrian people were most affected. Government expenditure especially defense …

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UN calling for billions to rebuild new Syria

The United Nations will seek billions of dollars in additional aid for Syria on Thursday, seeking to overcome fatigue among donors after eight years of civil war and divisions over how to deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With 11.7 million people needing emergency aid in Syria, many of those …

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Syrians take to the streets with new Assad statue

Hundreds of Syrians in the southern city of Deraa protested on Sunday at the erection of a new statue of President Bashar al-Assad’s late father, nearly eight years after the original was toppled at the outbreak of Syria’s civil war. Demonstrators and witnesses said residents walked through the war-ravaged old …

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