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Israeli airstrike on Syrian airbase

The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province, saying its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. An army spokesman told state media that four Israeli missiles did reach the base, but said air defences intercepted …

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Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence meet

Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence met in Moscow on Monday, in the first official contact in years despite Ankara’s long-standing hostility to President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Turkish official and Syrian news agency SANA said. Both sides have said there have been intelligence contacts, but this is the first …

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Israel-Syria prisoner exchange

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli soldier last year. Russia, a key ally of Syria, in April handed Israel the remains and personal effects of …

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Turkey can’t take any more refugees, Erdogan warns EU

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria’s northwest is not stopped. Turkey currently hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the …

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Syrians shoot down Israeli missile

The Syrian army’s air defense system intercepted missiles coming from the direction of Israel that were aimed at targets on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, state media said on Sunday. Four cruise missiles were believed to have been launched across the coast through Lebanese airspace toward Syria, a source …

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Russia, China block UN move to block aid to Syria

Russia, backed by China, on Friday cast its 14th U.N. Security Council veto since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 to block cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey and Iraq to millions of Syrian civilians. The resolution, drafted by Belgium, Kuwait and Germany, would have allowed cross-border humanitarian deliveries …

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Syrians will resist

By Damir Nazarov   The American occupation in Syria raises the question: What do the Yankees expect from Syria? In the words of local imperialist puppets represented by the Military council Deir Zor and part-time field commanders of the SDF: “Americans are called upon to provide assistance to the Kurdish …

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Assad comes in for praise from UAE

The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat in Syria has praised President Bashar al-Assad for his “wise leadership”, in one of the strongest expressions of support yet from a country that once backed Damascus’ enemies in the civil war. The two restored diplomatic ties last year and the UAE’s vocal support …

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Syria launches airstrike against Idlib market

Syrian government air strikes on the rebel-held area of Idlib killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens on Monday after hitting two outdoor markets, Syrian civil defense forces said. Syria’s northwestern corner, including the Idlib region, is the last major chunk of territory still in rebel hands after more …

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Rifaat al-Assad in Spanish money laundering case

Spain is heading towards a money laundering trial against an uncle of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the High Court said on Friday, after an investigating judge finished his probe. The prosecuting office has ten days to comment on the judge’s recommendation that the case goes ahead, which is considered a …

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Israel attacks Damascus, several killed

Two civilians were killed and a number of people were injured in an Israeli attack on the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state media said on Wednesday. Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the …

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Israel shoots down Syria missiles

Israel’s military said its missile defense system shot down four rockets fired from Syria toward Israel early on Tuesday. Minutes earlier, sirens warning of incoming rocket fire sounded in the area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. “Four launches were identified from Syria towards Israeli territory which were intercepted by the …

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Clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces in North Syria

By Khawla Hassan – The official Syrian news agency SANA reported today that Clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and the Turkish forces near the villages of al-Manakh and al-Mahmudiya in Tal Tamr northern countryside. SANA claimed that Turkish forces and their allies of Syrian factions looted power transformers from …

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India ready to participate in reconstruction of Syria

Damascus – reported by Khawla Hassan – Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar affirmed his country’s readiness to contribute to the reconstruction, underlining the necessity of solving the crisis in it politically by the Syrians only without any foreign interference. Sana Agency news reported that Jaishankar, meeting Member of al-Baath Arab …

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Erdogan and Putin hold talks on Syria’s fate

President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey’s presidency said. Turkey launched its cross-border offensive one month ago, saying it aimed to drive Kurdish-led forces from the border region and create a “safe zone” to settle Syrian refugees. …

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Turkey won’t pull out of Syria till others pull out

Turkey will not leave Syria until other countries pull out, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday, and Ankara will continue its cross-border offensive against Kurdish fighters until every one of them has left the region. Turkey launched its third military incursion into northeast Syria last month to …

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Turkey blames Kurds for Syria bombing

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market of a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, prompting Ankara to blame the Kurdish YPG militia it had targeted in its incursion. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-Turkey fighters and …

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Iranian-Syrian memorandum to rebuilt Syrian national grid

By Khawla Hassan – Iran signed a preliminary agreement with Syria on Saturday to help rebuild its ally’s electricity grid, Iranian state media reported. A memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries’ electricity ministers in Tehran covered the construction of power plants, transmission lines, cutting losses in Syria’s electricity …

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ISIS hungry for revenge over slain leader

Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States. The Iraqi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hardline group and declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims, holding sway …

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President Assad vows to liberate the occupied north

By Khawla Hassan – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip …

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Syrians told Iran Baghdadi was killed

Iran was informed by sources in Syria that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, two Iranian officials told Reuters on Sunday. “Iran was informed about Baghdadi’s death by Syrian officials who got it from the field,” one of the officials said. The second Iranian official confirmed it. Source: …

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Russia says US betrayed Kurds

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had betrayed and abandoned the Syrian Kurds and advised the Kurds to withdraw from the Syrian border as per a deal between Moscow and Ankara or be mauled by the Turkish army. The comments by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to Russian …

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Assad condemns Erdogan, tours Idllib

Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Tuesday denounced Turkey’s leader as a thief for attacking the northeast of his country and reiterated a pledge to retake all areas lost to Damascus in years of civil war, state media reported. Assad made the remarks as he made a rare visit to …

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US troops in Syria headed to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and “to help defend Iraq.” On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike …

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