Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

Future of Syrian ceasefire remains uncertain

The fate of a reported nationwide truce for Syria was unclear Thursday, following talks between Moscow and Ankara, despite Turkish state media saying a deal had been reached. The state-run Anadolu news agency said late Wednesday the agreed plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo to the whole country, but neither […]

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Intense air strikes resumed in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a weeks-long pause on Tuesday, killing at least three people, residents and a war monitor said. Syrian state television said the Damascus government’s air force took part in strikes against “terrorist strongholds” in Aleppo’s Old City while Russia said it had struck Islamic State […]

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday in an attempt to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, […]

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday. But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give […]

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian regime forces advanced Sunday in Aleppo after Russia unleashed dozens of air strikes, as the UN’s top aid official decried the “living hell” suffered by residents in the city’s rebel-held east. The devastating five-year war in Syria has ravaged second city Aleppo, once the country’s economic hub but now torn apart by fighting between […]

Syrian aid groups suspend UN cooperation, citing ‘significant’ Assad interference

Syrian aid groups suspend UN cooperation, citing ‘significant’ Assad interference

Some 73 aid agencies operating in Syria said Thursday they were suspending cooperation with the United Nations over interference from President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the delivery of aid to besieged areas. The UN said it would continue to work with the aid agencies, despite their decision to withdraw from the UN’s “Whole of Syria” […]

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS)jihadists and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection […]

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

Syrian city celebrates liberation from IS group

After Arab and Kurdish fighters pushed the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from Manbij in Aleppo province, residents who endured two years of occupation were dancing and cheering in the streets. As IS group fighters withdrew from the town on Friday, some women burned the niqabs they were forced to wear while men who had […]

Russia bombs Syrian militants from Iran base ‘for first time’

Russia bombs Syrian militants from Iran base ‘for first time’

Russian bombers based in Iran on Tuesday struck Islamist militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria. The ministry said the strikes, by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers, were launched from Iran’s Hamadan air base. […]

Syrian rescuers say toxic gas dropped on town in Idlib province

Syrian rescuers say toxic gas dropped on town in Idlib province

A Syrian rescue service in rebel-held territory said Tuesday that toxic gas was used overnight on a town in Idlib province. The US State Department said it was looking into the reports, adding that such a development would be “extremely serious”. The opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) accused President Bashar al-Assad of being behind the […]

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb in Germany, 12 injured

Syrian migrant killed by own bomb in Germany, 12 injured

A Syrian man who was denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in the Bavarian city of Ansbach, injuring 12 other people, local officials said. Bavaria’s interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after he was denied entry […]

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

UN seeks humanitarian aid drop to Syrian civilians under bombardment

Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo Friday, as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas in the war-torn country. The raids were the most intense in more than a week, with dozens of barrel bombs — crude, unguided explosive devices […]

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

 The besieged Syrian town of Daraya, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus where President Bashar al-Assad has refused to allow aid to starving Syrians, got its first U.N. aid convoy since 2012 on Wednesday. Russia’s Defence Ministry said it had coordinated a 48-hour local ceasefire, a “regime of calm”, with the Syrian authorities and with the United […]

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

A US-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group near their de facto capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. An unspecified number of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were seen moving south from their stronghold of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border Tuesday […]