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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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Putin and Netanyahu to meet next week, discuss Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syrian conflict with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the two leaders meet in Moscow next week, RIA news agency cited a Kremlin spokesman as saying on Sunday. The meeting with take place on Wednesday, RIA cited Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. …

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Iran war with Israel not out of order

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries. Zarif told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the …

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UN says two hundred Syrian families trapped by ISIS

Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria still controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping some from fleeing, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. “Many of them (also) …continue to be subjected to intensified air and ground-based strikes by the U.S.-led Coalition …

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Netanyahu admits to latest strike against Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israeli forces had carried out another strike in Iran-aligned Syria, a day after the Syrian army said an Israeli drone fired missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post. “We are operating every day, including yesterday, against Iran. All the …

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Carmb bomb explodes close to Turkish border

A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Rai near the Turkish border on Tuesday, residents and an emergency worker told Reuters. The explosion struck a checkpoint some 5 km (3 miles) away from the border, wounding three policemen and four civilians, an …

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Syrians stability and security to priority, says Rouhani

The stability and complete security of Syria is an important regional goal for the Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday in a meeting with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Tehran, according to the Tasnim news agency. “One of the important regional and foreign policy goals of the Islamic …

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Syrian army attacked by US jet fighters

Syrian state media, citing a military source, said U.S.-led jets attacked a Syrian army position near the battle front against the last Islamic State pocket east of the Euphrates late on Saturday, causing damage and injuries. “U.S. coalition aircraft launched an aggression this evening against one of the Syrian Arab …

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