Syria

For residents of Syria’s last rebel-held province, no place is safe as military offensive ramps up

Rescue workers pull 12-year-old Nour Faham from the dust, rubble and twisted metal that was his home, struck Monday morning by a Syrian government air force bomb in the northeastern town of Ariha. One of the workers cradles a dazed Nour, while another examines his head. He’s alive. Moments later, they uncover another boy, his 9-year-old brother, Zain. He isn’t moving. As ...

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Russia Says It’s Turkey’s Duty to Stop Fighting in Syria’s Idlib

The Kremlin said on Friday it was Turkey’s responsibility to stop rebels in Syria’s Idlib province from firing on civilian and Russian targets, signaling it would continue to back a Syrian government offensive there despite Ankara’s protests. The month-long offensive, the biggest escalation of the war between President Bashar al-Assad and his enemies since last summer, has raised fears of a ...

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Jordanians kidnapped in Syria return safely to Kingdom

AMMAN — Two Jordanians who were reportedly kidnapped in Syria earlier this week returned safely to the Kingdom on Thursday evening, following their release earlier in the day, the Foreign Ministry said. The Jordanian Embassy in Damascus was notified on Thursday morning that the two kidnapped Jordanians were located by the Syrian authorities, and their return was arranged through the ...

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Fires, reduced prices disappoint northern Syria’s hopes for record harvest

AMMAN — This winter, heavy rains pounded Qais’s fields on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa, promising him a good season, one that could compensate his losses, repay his debts and rebuild his home. Qais Khamis, a 40-year old father of five, joined his uncle in cultivating a 25-acre field of barley this year. It had been a year ...

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Turkish university to offer education in northern Syria

Following Turkish army operations clearing areas in northern Syria from terrorists, a university in a Turkish border region is set to offer education in the liberated areas, the university rector told Anadolu Agency on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reports. “There was a high demand from local assemblies and provincial leaders. I went [to northern Syria] myself and saw the demand, they really need ...

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Syrian forces pound rebel targets in the besieged northwest

Syrian government forces pounded positions in the northwest of the country on Sunday as troops on the ground seized a town retaken by rebels days before. The bombardment helped Russian-backed Syrian soldiers capture the small town of Kafr Nabuda in the north of Hama province, the third time it has changed hands in the latest offensive, sources on both sides said. Syrian state news ...

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Russian air raids ‘kill five children’ in Syria’s Idlib

At least 10 civilians killed in Russian air attack on town of Kafranbel, Idlib province, say activists and a monitor. Air attacks by Syrian government ally Russia have killed 10 civilians, including five children, in an opposition-held province in northwest Syria, activists and a monitor have said, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire. The Russian army said the air raids ...

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Syria talks end without deal on key constitutional body

The Syrian government and armed opposition groups have failed to agree on the makeup of a constitutional committee during two-day talks in Kazakhstan that were led by Russia along with Iranand Turkey. The parties will discuss the issue further at the next United Nations(UN)-brokered talks in Geneva, the three cosponsors said in a joint statement after the talks in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan concluded on Friday. Alexander ...

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Syria: West practicing economic ‘terrorism’ against Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations on Friday accused the United State and the European Union of practicing “economic terrorism” against his country by imposing what he described as illegitimate and unilateral sanctions. Bashar Ja’afari made his comments in the Kazakh capital of Nur-Sultan, where Russia, Turkey and Iran held a new round of talks with the ...

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Waiting 19 Hours for Gas in a Lifeless City

The road to Damascus from the Lebanese border leaves nobody in doubt who has won the war that’s cast a dark shadow over the Middle East for eight years. “Welcome to victorious Syria,” a billboard says with a picture of a beaming President Bashar al-Assad superimposed over the country’s red, white and black flag. Instead of a frenzy of reconstruction and ...

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