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  • Syrian troops gain territory in push to control key highway

    Syrian troops gain territory in push to control key highway

    World | February 08, 2020 23:12 IST

    Syrian government forces captured new areas from insurgents in their efforts to control a key highway in the northwest Saturday, as Turkey sent more reinforcements into the war-torn country, state media and opposition activists said.

  • IS remains at centre of transnational terrorism threat: UN

    IS remains at centre of transnational terrorism threat: UN

    World | February 08, 2020 9:48 IST

    A top UN official has said the Islamic State (IS) remains at the centre of the transnational terrorism threat, despite its defeat in Syria and the death of its longtime leader last year. 

  • Syria airstrike

    Israel launches airstrikes on Syrian airbase in Homs

    World | January 15, 2020 6:53 IST

    The attack is the latest in a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting military sites in Syria, which Israel usually claims as the positions of Iranian-backed fighters.

  • UNSC re-authorizes cross-border aid mechanism for Syria

    UNSC re-authorizes cross-border aid mechanism for Syria

    World | January 11, 2020 10:15 IST

    The UN Security Council has re-authorized the cross-border aid mechanism for Syria after a heated discussion. 

  • Residents of villages and towns in southern parts of Idlib

    While you prepare for holiday festivities, these people lookout for shelter in biting cold | Photos

    World | December 24, 2019 16:47 IST

    Under the cover of airstrikes and heavy shelling, Syrian troops have been pushing into the northwestern province of Idlib toward a major rebel-held town, Maaret al-Numan. The town sits on a key highway linking the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest.

  • 13 civilians among 19 killed in air strikes in Syria

    13 civilians among 19 killed in air strikes in Syria

    World | December 03, 2019 10:51 IST

    At least 19 people were killed in air strikes by the Syrian army and its Russian allies on the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported. At least 13 civilians were killed in airstrikes by the Syrian army on a popular market in Maarat al-Nauman, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

  • US Vice President Mike Pence makes unscheduled visit to Iraq

    US Vice President Mike Pence makes unscheduled visit to Iraq

    World | November 24, 2019 7:14 IST

    At least 320 people have died and more than 15,000 others have been injured in the ongoing unrest, including members of security forces, according to figures issued by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.

  • Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

    Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

    World | November 19, 2019 13:03 IST

    Israeli air defense systems captured the projectiles, the military said, and no harm was caused to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights after warning sirens awoke residents there early in the morning. There was no immediate official comment from Syria but the SANA state news agency reported explosions were heard near Damascus International Airport, indicating a potential Israeli retaliatory strike.

  • Syria car bomb blast

    Car bomb in northeast Syria kills at least 12

    World | November 16, 2019 18:26 IST

    Syrian opposition activists say a car bomb has killed at least 12 people in a northern town controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 people, including nine civilians, were killed Saturday in the town of al-Bab.

  • 30 killed in Syria clashes between Kurds, pro-Turkey forces

    30 killed in Syria clashes between Kurds, pro-Turkey forces

    World | November 07, 2019 8:39 IST

    A total of 305 SDF fighters, 353 Turkey-backed rebels and 24 Syrian government troops have been killed since Turkey started a wide-scale offensive against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria on Oct. 9., according to the London-based watchdog.

  • America's mission in Syria remains same, to defeat ISIS: US Defense Secretary

    US mission in Syria remains same, to defeat ISIS: US Defense Secretary

    World | October 29, 2019 7:58 IST

    Esper said, "Those who remain will continue to execute counter-terrorism operations while staying in close contact with the Syrians Democratic forces who have fought alongside us. Additionally, the United States will retain control of oil fields in northeast Syria."

  • Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

    Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

    World | October 29, 2019 7:15 IST

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the military’s oil field mission also will ensure income for Syrian Kurds who are counted on by Washington to continue guarding Islamic State prisoners and helping American forces combat remnants of the group — even as President Donald Trump continues to insist all U.S. troops will come home.

  • Video shows site where al-Baghdadi was killed

    WATCH: Video shows site where al-Baghdadi was killed

    World | October 28, 2019 23:52 IST

    A video has shown the site where the elusive Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a nighttime raid on Sunday. The 18-second video was posted by Bloomberg a day after Islamic State founded al-Baghdadi was killed in the US commando raid.   

  • clashes in northern syria

    New clashes break out in northern Syria

    World | October 26, 2019 15:20 IST

    Following a pact struck between Ankara and Moscow this week, Turkish forces suspended a military campaign against the Kurds, whom Ankara regards as a terrorist threat, on Wednesday, giving Kurdish fighters 150 hours to leave a 20-mile-deep belt that Turkey calls a safe zone, reports Efe news.

  • US to send additional military assets to Syria

    US to send additional military assets to Syria

    World | October 25, 2019 12:15 IST

    Despite Trump's consistent call for bringing back US troops from Syria, Trump announced in his Wednesday remarks that Washington would still keep a limited military presence in parts of Syria to protect the oil fields.

  • Turkey has started making arrangements for the creation of

    Syria offensive to resume if Kurds don't withdraw

    World | October 22, 2019 14:57 IST

    The ceasefire, which ends at 10 p.m. on Friday, was agreed on October 17 between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence, reports Efe news. Turkish officials, who consider the Kurdish-led People's Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) as terrorists, said fighting would resume at 10:01 p.m. if one single Kurdish fighter was left in the region.

  • Kurds throw rotten fruits at US troops leaving Syria

    Kurds throw rotten fruits at US troops

    World | October 22, 2019 14:57 IST

    In Qamishli, a northern Syria town near the Turkish border, Kurds could be seen throwing rotten fruit and stones at the convoy.

  • 21 dead since Turkey-Syria ceasefire

    21 dead since Turkey-Syria ceasefire

    World | October 20, 2019 22:00 IST

    Since the ceasefire was penned between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday night, the city of Ras al-Ain has been under attack by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels backed by Ankara.

  • One Turkish soldier killed, amid shaky cease-fire in Syria

    One Turkish soldier killed, amid shaky cease-fire in Syria

    World | October 20, 2019 15:44 IST

    Turkey’s defence ministry says one soldier has been killed amid sporadic clashes with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire.

  • 5 killed as Turkey conducts air strikes in Syria

    5 killed as Turkey conducts air strikes in Syria

    World | October 18, 2019 23:52 IST

    The airstrikes came after a cease-fire agreement was announced by the US on Thursday.

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