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Syria: Country in Western Asia
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turkemens. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.

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Syrian state media says drone destroyed over Damascus countryside

Syrian state media reported that a drone was destroyed on Thursday over a village in the Damascus countryside.
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Russia, China fail to get enough votes for rival U.N. demand for Syria truce

A Russian and Chinese drafted U.N. Security Council resolution demanding truce in northwest Syria with an exemption for military offensives against U.N. blacklisted militant groups failed to get the..
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Videos for Syria

Idlib demilitarised zone: Turkey and Russia agree on boundary [Video]Idlib demilitarised zone: Turkey and Russia agree on boundary

Situation in Idlib was discussed this week between Syria's powerbrokers who support opposing sides but work together under the so-called Astana talks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

Erdogan hosts Putin and Rouhani for new round of Syria talks [Video]Erdogan hosts Putin and Rouhani for new round of Syria talks

Trilateral summit to focus on ensuring required conditions for voluntary return of refugees, Turkish presidency says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Syria’s war: Turkey, Russia and Iran to discuss Idlib truce [Video]Syria’s war: Turkey, Russia and Iran to discuss Idlib truce

Trilateral summit aims to negotiate peace in Syria’s last rebel-held stronghold.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:14Published

Trilateral talks on Syria to take place [Video]Trilateral talks on Syria to take place

Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in Ankara on Monday to discuss how to improve the situation in north-west Syria

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:37Published

US Troops May Be Headed To Syria [Video]US Troops May Be Headed To Syria

The US military is weighing shifting a small number of additional troops to northeast Syria. This will be as part of ongoing efforts to establish a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkey border. CNN..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Syria's children in northwest miss out on school amid fighting [Video]Syria's children in northwest miss out on school amid fighting

As fighting continues in Syria's Idlib, schools are used as shelters as education takes a back seat to survival.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:50Published

US, Turkey launch joint patrols in planned Syria 'safe zone' [Video]US, Turkey launch joint patrols in planned Syria 'safe zone'

Joint ground patrols are seen as the first step in establishing the zone in northeast Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:27Published

Iranian tanker pictured off Syrian port [Video]Iranian tanker pictured off Syrian port

The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went dark off Syria earlier in the week, has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed [Video]Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Dubai-based fashion designer Rami Al Ali, who launched his eponymous label in 2000, is best known for dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Nancy Ajram.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:00Published

Dire conditions for Syrian refugee camp close to Jordan border [Video]Dire conditions for Syrian refugee camp close to Jordan border

Refugees in Rukban camp face difficult choice of picking safety over food as Syrian government puts chokehold on aid.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border [Video]Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border

Ankara monitors YPG withdrawal as part of plan to establish 'safe zone' in northern Syria along border with Turkey.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published

Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib [Video]Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib

Russian-backed government forces are reportedly responsible for destroying many civilian homes, killing many people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:34Published

Putin, Erdogan hail close defence ties as Idlib divisions remain [Video]Putin, Erdogan hail close defence ties as Idlib divisions remain

Turkish president condemns Syrian army offensive as Russian leader urges 'terrorist attacks' in rebel-held Idlib to end.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes [Video]Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said on Monday his country had a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that were like a "declaration of war". Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon [Video]Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Israeli warplanes struck a PFLP-GC base in a village in the Bekaa Valley.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Hundreds of thousands flee fighting in northern Syria [Video]Hundreds of thousands flee fighting in northern Syria

As attacks intensify in northern Syria, many are trapped with the Turkish border in the north sealed.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Pompeo: US Supports Israel's Syrian Air Strikes [Video]Pompeo: US Supports Israel's Syrian Air Strikes

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephone call Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Reuters, they spoke about Israel's air strikes in Syria. Pompeo expressed..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama [Video]Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama

With help from Russia, the Syrian government now controls all of the countryside in Hama province south of Idlib, after taking the last villages and towns from rebel control.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Exclusive: Euronews interview with Lebanon FM Gebran Bassil [Video]Exclusive: Euronews interview with Lebanon FM Gebran Bassil

Lebanon feels the spillover effects of the Syrian war and proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran like no other country in the region. Euronews sat down for an exclusive interview with the..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:02Published

No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island [Video]No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island

The Syrian island of Arwad, once a shipbuilding and tourism hub, is among few places in the country that remained untouched by the scars of war. But residents say the eight-year conflict has severely..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

Syrian rebels withdraw from strategic Idlib town [Video]Syrian rebels withdraw from strategic Idlib town

Seizing Khan Sheikhoun will give the government access to an important economic highway that crosses the country.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:35Published

Macron tells Putin truce in Syria's Idlib must be respected [Video]Macron tells Putin truce in Syria's Idlib must be respected

French president hosts Russian counterpart for wide-ranging talks, including about Syria and Ukraine.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria [Video]Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria

Turkish defence ministry says 3 civilians killed after air raids target military convoy in northwest Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

Gibraltar 'unable' to detain Iranian oil tanker despite US warrant [Video]Gibraltar 'unable' to detain Iranian oil tanker despite US warrant

An Iranian oil tanker seized on suspicion of illegally shipping oil to Syria will not be detained by Gibraltar despite a US warrant to seize it.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

 

Russia casts 13th veto of U.N. Security Council action during Syrian war

Russia cast its 13th veto on Thursday of U.N. Security Council action on the Syrian conflict, blocking a demand for a truce in northwest Syria because it does not include an exemption for military..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Security Council to vote on rival calls for truce in Syria's Idlib

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival draft resolutions that call for a truce in northwest Syria after Russia and China put forward their own text in response to a..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Security Council to vote Thursday on call for Idlib truce, Russia likely to oppose: diplomats

The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling for a truce in northwest Syria, though diplomats said the measure is likely to be opposed by veto-power..
Reuters - Published

Unidentified drone hits position at Syria-Iraq border

An air strike by an unidentified drone hit a position near a Syrian government-held town at the Iraqi border overnight, a source in the regional alliance that backs Damascus and security sources in..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia, Iran agree steps to ease tensions in Syria's Idlib despite lingering differences

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meeting in Ankara on Monday agreed to try to ease tensions in northwest Syria's Idlib region, but disagreements between the countries appeared to linger,..
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Russia's Putin: foreign troops should be pulled out from Syria eventually

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that all foreign troops should be pulled out from Syria eventually, after peace is reached in the country.
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin says peace in Syria could be achieved by political means

A peace in Syria could be reached only by political and diplomatic efforts, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a joint news conference with leaders of Turkey and Iran after three-way talks on..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State leader says 'daily operations' underway in purported message

Islamic State's media network on Monday issued an audio message purporting to come from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi saying operations were taking place daily and urging freedom for women jailed in..
Reuters - Published

Iran says diplomacy only solution to Syria crisis at Turkey, Russia talks

Iran's president said on Monday that diplomacy, not a military approach, was the only solution to the crisis in Syria, ahead of trilateral talks with his Turkish and Russian counterparts in Ankara..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says up to 3 million Syrian refugees can return to 'safe zone' if it extended

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that up to three million Syrian refugees can return to a planned "safe zone" in northern Syria if it is extended from Turkey's border to Deir al Zor and..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin hopes talks with Turkey, Iran to create grounds for final Syria crisis resolution

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani he hoped that their three-way talks on Monday would help to bring 'final' settlement in the..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia, Iran must take more responsibility for Syria peace: Erdogan

Turkey, Russia and Iran need to take more responsibility to establish peace in Syria, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, ahead of three-way talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin discussed situation in Syria's Idlib with Turkey's Erdogan: RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the situation in Syria's Idlib region with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, RIA news agency reported on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb kills 10 in Syrian town near Turkish border: local council, medic

A rigged car exploded near a hospital in the Syrian town of al-Rai at the border with Turkey on Sunday, killing 10 people and wounding 15, the local council and a medical worker said.
Reuters - Published

Syria's Assad issues amnesty reducing punishment for crimes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued an amnesty on Sunday that reduces sentences for crime and pardons draft dodgers if they report for duty within three to six months.
Reuters - Published

Leaders of Turkey, Russia, Iran set to tackle Syria turmoil

The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran meet on Monday to try to secure a lasting truce in northwest Syria following attacks by the government that risk deepening regional turmoil and pushing a new wave..
Reuters - Published

Syrian government artillery pounds south Idlib: rescuers

Syrian troops shelled the south of Idlib on Sunday, according to rescuers and residents in the rebel stronghold where a ceasefire had halted a fierce army offensive two weeks ago.
Reuters - Published

U.S. won't send more troops to Syria for joint Turkish patrols

The U.S. military will not increase troop levels in Syria to carry out joint patrols with Turkish forces, a top general said on Friday, adding that his goal was to eventually reduce the number of U.S...
Reuters - Published

Gibraltar acted in good faith over Adrian Darya 1 tanker release

Gibraltar acted in good faith when it released the Adrian Darya 1 tanker and Iran broke assurances it had given not to sell the crude oil to Syria, the British territory's maritime minister said on..
Reuters - Published

Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria's Idlib at Monday summit: Kremlin

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria's Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov, a senior Kremlin aide, said on..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says it has evidence Adrian Darya 1 oil transferred to Syria

The United States has evidence that the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 has transferred its crude oil to the Syrian government, breaking assurances it gave not to sell crude to the country, the U.S...
Reuters - Published

Israel must have freedom to act against Iran, Netanyahu says in Russia

Israel must be allowed to act freely against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a visit to Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran's 'aggression' from Syria: Interfax

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Israel will not put up with threats from Iran, which, in his words, was using Syrian territory for..
Reuters - Published

Warplanes strike Syria's Idlib despite ceasefire: monitor, rebel

Air strikes pounded the south of Syria's Idlib region on Thursday, a rebel official and residents said, despite a ceasefire that had halted a fierce army offensive against the rebel stronghold two..
Reuters - Published

With Gaza war talk, Russia visit, Netanyahu fights on in election race

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday threatened war in Gaza and then flew to Russia to discuss Israeli freedom of action in Syria with President Vladimir Putin as a frenetic election..
Reuters - Published

Syrian rebels say Russian-backed forces prepare to resume offensive

Syrian rebel fighters on Wednesday said Russian-backed forces were amassing troops in preparation for resuming a five-month offensive in northwest Syria after a second day of raids by jets believed to..
Reuters - Published

Iran says tanker oil sold at sea, buyer sets destination

Iran's envoy to London said on Wednesday the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 was sold at sea to a private company, denying Tehran had broken assurances it had given over the vessel, but he insisted..
Reuters - Published

Air strikes in Syria truce zone resume overnight: opposition, residents

Jets believed to be Russian bombed rebel-held areas in northwest Syria on Wednesday amid increased shelling of towns by the Syrian army that threatened the collapse of a fragile Russian-brokered..
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U.N. investigators link U.S., Syrian and Russian forces to war crimes

U.S.-led coalition forces have carried out air strikes in Syria causing a high number of civilian casualties, indicating that required precautions were ignored and war crimes may have been committed,..
Reuters - Published

Britain accuses Iran of selling Adrian Darya 1 tanker oil to Syria

Britain said Iran had sold the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 to Syria, breaking assurances it had given over the vessel which had been detained in Gibraltar for a suspected breach of European..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. stalling on Syria 'safe zone', will act alone if needed

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Washington is stalling in its agreement to create a "safe zone" in northeast Syria, and repeated that Ankara was ready to act on its own..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria

Turkey cannot handle a new wave of migrants from northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that Ankara and Washington needed to establish a "safe zone" in the region as soon as..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Washington is stalling on Syria 'safe zone'

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Washington is stalling the implementation of an agreement to create a "safe zone" in northeast Syria.
Reuters - Published

Air strikes hit Syria ceasefire zone: monitor, source

Air strikes hit a part of northwest Syria for the first time since a ceasefire was declared 10 days ago, a war monitor and rebel group spokesman said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Israeli planes struck east Syria, says Hezbollah military media unit

Israeli planes hit a Syrian army camp under construction in eastern Syria early on Monday without casualties, said a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, a Syrian government ally.
Reuters - Published

Israel says rockets fired from Syria but fell short

Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias fired rockets at Israel from Syria on Monday but they fell short, the Israeli military said.
Reuters - Published

EXCLUSIVE: Melbourne man posing as Australian MP cons displaced Syrians in visa scam

Australian citizen Mounzer Kheder elicited more than $9,500 from a family who fled war-torn Syria and hoped to come to Australia, an SBS News and Arabic24 investigation can reveal.
SBS - Published

Turkey cites disagreements with U.S. even as joint Syria patrols begin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, speaking hours after joint U.S.-Turkey patrols began in northern Syria, said on Sunday Ankara and Washington have constantly disagreed over establishing the planned..
Reuters - Published

Turkey shouldn't coerce Greece, Europe over migrants: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday Turkey should not try to coerce either Greece or Europe in its attempts to get support for a plan to resettle Syrian refugees in northern Syria.
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Syria says joint U.S.-Turkish patrols violate country's sovereignty

Syria condemned on Sunday joint U.S.-Turkish patrols in a border strip in the northeast of the country, saying it was a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, an official statement said.
Reuters - Published

Turkish military enters Syria to begin joint U.S. 'safe zone' patrol

Armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into northeast Syria on Sunday to begin planned joint U.S.-Turkey patrols to establish a "safe zone" along the border.
Reuters - Published

'Ticking time bomb': Videos of imprisoned Australian jihadists drip fed by Syrian media

A Syrian website published full-length interviews with three known Australian jihadists alongside articles in Arabic and English, and says two more interviews will follow.
The Age - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says will discuss Syria with Trump at U.N.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he expects to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations later this month to discuss military operations in northeast Syria, where Turkey..
Reuters - Published

Syrian army foils drone attack on military base in northwest

The Syrian army said on Saturday its air defenses foiled a drone attack by "terrorist" groups on a main military base in northwestern Syria where a Russian-brokered ceasefire has stopped months of..
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 photographed off Syrian port Tartus: U.S. satellite firm

The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went dark off Syria earlier in the week, has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port..
Reuters - Published

Turkish-U.S. land patrols in Syria to start on Sept. 8: Anadolu

Joint military land patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces in northeast Syria are planned to start on Sept. 8, state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Defense Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Friday.
Reuters - Published

EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

The European Union has set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in..
Reuters - Published

Turkey plans to return one million Syrians, warns of new migrant wave in Europe

Turkey plans to resettle 1 million refugees in northern Syria and may reopen the route for migrants into Europe if it does not receive adequate international support for the plan, President Tayyip..
Reuters - Published

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