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Truth as fiction with three kidnapped Italians

Three men have been arrested for masterminding the kidnapping of two Italians who were held captive in Syria for three years, Italian police said Tuesday. Over the course of 2016, the three who were arrested — all from the northern Brescia province — had convinced two businessmen from the area …

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UN pursuing war crimes cases in Syria

A United Nations body working to ensure justice for war crimes committed by all sides in Syria has provided information and evidence to 12 national jurisdictions, its chief disclosed on Monday as the country marked a decade of war. Videos, photos, satellite imagery, “exfiltrated documents”, witness statements and forensic samples …

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UAE wants US sanctions lifted on Syria

UAE Foreign Minster Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said Tuesday the sanctions imposed by the US Caesar’s Act complicate Syria’s return to the Arab fold. The return of Syria to the Arab League is in the interest of Syria and other countries of the region, he said. The minister made the remarks …

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Assad regime hit with COVID at core

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for COVID-19 after showing minor symptoms, his office said on Monday. The Syrian leader and his spouse, who announced her recovery from breast cancer in 2019, were in good health and would keep working in isolation at home, the …

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UN wants 57 countries to reptriate their Syrian refugees

U.N. rights experts urged 57 states on Monday to repatriate nearly 10,000 of their citizens – women and children associated with Islamic State fighters – held in camps in northeast Syria in “sub-human” conditions without legal process. Under international law, these states have a duty to repatriate their citizens and, …

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Bomb blast in Afrin, Syrian Kurds blamed

At least five people were killed and scores wounded when a car bomb detonated in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, the Turkish defence ministry and local civil defence said. The ministry said in a statement the bomb attack took place in an industrial site at the center …

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Constitutional committee for Syria reconvenes in Geneva

Delegations from Syria’s government, opposition and civil society began a new round of meetings in Geneva on Monday aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country. The fifth round of the so-called Constitutional Committee came days after UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen told the UN Security Council …

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New Israeli strike leaves 4 Syrians dead

Syrian air defences confronted “an Israeli aggression” in the region of Hama on Friday that killed four people from the same family, state media said, in what would be the first such action by Israel since Joe Biden became U.S. president. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in …

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Gunmen kill Syrian soldiers on Golan Heights

Three Syrian soldiers were killed Sunday when gunmen attacked their outpost close to the demarcation line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The attackers targeted the regime roadblock in the Rouaihaniya district of the southern province of Quneitra, detonating a bomb before attacking with …

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Israel launches major airstrike on Syrian-Iraqi border

Israel launched an air attack against Iranian-linked targets in Syria near the main border crossing to Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday, one of the biggest strikes yet in a campaign that has escalated in the Trump administration’s final weeks. Israel has been stepping up strikes against Iranian targets …

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Israeli jet strike against Iran allies in Syria

Syria said Israel bombed Iranian-backed militia bases near the Iraqi border in the early hours of Wednesday, in a raid which military defectors and Western intelligence sources said was one of Israel’s most extensive in recent months. Syrian news agency SANA and state media said Israel had struck sites in …

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ISIS kills Assad loyalists in Eastern Syria

Daesh terrorists killed at least eight regime loyalists in eastern Syria on Monday, the latest in a series of deadly extremist attacks, a Britain-based war monitor reported. Five Syrian soldiers and three pro-regime militia fighters were among those killed in the Daesh attack on one of their positions in a …

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US shelling in Syria leaves dead, injured

One child martyred and his mother was injured in US occupation shelling on Al Azba village in Deir ez-Zur northern countryside, SANA reported. According to the report, the US occupation forces deploying in Der Ezzor countryside targeted with mortar shells al-Azba village in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zur province, …

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Car bombs target pro-Turkish enclaves in Syria

Two car bombings in separate parts of Turkish-controlled areas of northern Syria killed six people on Saturday, including children, a war monitor said. In the first, a car bomb near a vegetable market killed five people including two children in the border town of Ras Al-Ain, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory …

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Car bomb targets Russian base in northern Syria

A car bomb detonated near a Russian military base in northeastern Syria on Friday in the first such militant attack in the area against the ally of Damascus, a war monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported several wounded in the attack after midnight in the …

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Oman’s Diplomatic Moves in Syria

By GIORGIO CAFIERO, BRETT SUDETIC   The Sultanate of Oman has long held a strategy of maintaining diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern countries amid their periods of relative isolation. Since Sultan Qaboos’ ascendance to the throne in 1970, Muscat has never severed diplomatic relations with any country in the world. This is …

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Faisal Mekdad named Syria’s new prime minister

Syria’s President Bashar al Assad named veteran diplomat Faisal Mekdad as foreign minister on Sunday to replace Walid Moalem, who died last week, state media reported. Mekdad, 66, had been deputy foreign minister since 2006. He has also held a string of diplomatic posts, including envoy to the United Nations. …

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Israel Syria raids escalate, targets civilians

Israel launched air raids against what it called a wide range of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, sending a signal that it will pursue its policy of striking across the border despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s election defeat. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, …

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