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Russian air strikes in northern Syria have killed dozens of Turkish-backed militia fighters

Russian air strikes in northern Syria have killed more than 50 Turkish-backed militia fighters in the mainly rebel-held province of Idlib, reports say. Many others were wounded in the attack, which marks an escalation of violence in the region. A training base for an Islamist group called Faylaq al-Sham was hit. The assault puts at […]

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Massive forest fires rage in Syria, Lebanon, Israel. 2 dead

Forest fires in Syria this week have killed at least two people and burned swaths of land, state media reported. Syrian state television on Saturday said hundreds of hectares had burned in the countryside of Syria’s coastal Latakia and Tartus provinces, and in the central Homs province. The health ministry said two people died in […]

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United States deploys more troops in Syria after skirmishes with Russian forces increase

United States enhanced its military presence in Syria after the number of skirmishes with Russian forces intensified tensions in the country. US officials said six Bradley Fighting Vehicles and about 100 troops were part of the deployment to north-east Syria. Incidents between US and Russian forces that patrol that part of the country have escalated […]

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Russian and US military vehicles collide in Syria; both blame each other

Russian and United States armoured military vehicles collide in north-eastern Syria blame each other for the collision. Video of the collision was broadcast by a Russian media showed Russian military vehicle in a desert convoy ramming a US armoured car, as a Russian helicopter flies low overhead. Russian and American armoured military vehicles collide in […]

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Israel bombs Syrian military bases after Golan Heights attack

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) struck Syrian military targets on Monday. Syrian state media acknowledged the strikes, reporting unspecified “material damage” at military outposts near the capital Damascus. Israel claimed it was retaliation for a bombing attempt after the IDF killed four men planting explosives near the Israeli-occupied sector of Golan Heights late on Sunday. […]

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ISIS dumped thousands of bodies in Syrian gorge

The jihadist group Islamic State used a gorge in north-eastern Syria to dump the bodies of people it had abducted or detained, Human Rights Watch says. Researchers began an investigation after being sent a video in 2014 showing militants throwing corpses into the 50m (164ft) deep al-Hota gorge. HRW also believes bodies continued to be […]

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9 years later at least 384,000 people died in the Syrian War

At least 384,000 people have died in Syria, including more than 116,000 civilians, since the war began in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. Sparked by deadly repression of peaceful pro-democracy protests, the conflict has drawn in outside powers in a complex war involving rebel factions, jihadist groups and foreign […]

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Jets, drones come crashing down in Syria’s Idlib

At least nineteen Syrian soldiers have been killed in Turkish drone strikes on Idlib, a UK-based monitor has said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the attacks targeted a military convoy and an army base amid increasing violence. Turkey also shot down two Syrian fighter jets on Sunday. Russia, a key backer […]

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Airstrikes kill 33 Turkish troops in Syria, raising fears of escalation

At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian “regime forces” in north-western Syria, a senior Turkish official has said. More were hurt in Idlib province, said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province. Other reports put the death toll higher. Turkey later retaliated against Syrian troops government targets. […]

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Syrian forces target school with missiles on displacement camp

Nine lives were lost when a missile hit a school and a camp for displaced people in Syria’s Idlib region. Five killed were children, while four were adults. “Fortunately, most students had left only 10 minutes before the bombing, but there were some still playing in front of the school,” Mustafa Al Rashid, a spokesman for […]

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Iraqi security forces regain control of area around US Embassy two days after violent protests

Iraqi security forces regained control of the area around the US Embassy in Baghdad after the compound was rocked by a second day of mass protests. Earlier Wednesday security personnel fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of protesters — who also attempted to climb the building’s walls. Witnesses said the protesters were hurling […]

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Violent mobs attack US embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

Violent mobs attacked the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, scaling walls and forcing the gates of the compound. Hundreds of protesters demonstrated against American airstrikes on an Iran-backed militia group in Iraq. The mob attempted to break into the premises adding that security personnel fired tear gas to repel the attack. Viral videos on […]