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Shells hit Swaida city for first time in three years

Shells hit Swaida city for first time in three years

Rebel shellfire slammed into the southern Syrian city of Swaida on Tuesday for the first time in three years, an activist group said, as fresh regime reinforcements arrived in the area. The government holds most of Swaida province but rebels still control much of the nearby Deraa and...

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Daraa: Regime forces, Hezbollah attack al-Lajat region

Daraa: Regime forces, Hezbollah attack al-Lajat region

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime forces backed by Hezbollah militia have pounded a border territory with Jordan, leaving dozen wounded, rebel commander told Zaman al-Wasl. The strategic region of al-Lajat, including the town of al-Masika, has been rocked by hundreds of artillery shells,...

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'Turkish patrols in Manbij give hope for homecoming'

'Turkish patrols in Manbij give hope for homecoming'

Turkish soldiers patrolling in Manbij are giving locals hope that they can go back home, according to a prominent longtime resident of the northeastern Syria city. Ibrahim Alhaji, who served a decade as an undersecretary at Syria’s Justice Ministry after 12 years as a judge and...

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Meeting eyeing Syrian constitution starts in Geneva

Meeting eyeing Syrian constitution starts in Geneva

Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, on Tuesday met with senior Turkish, Russian, and Iranian officials towards the establishment of a constitutional committee for the war-battered country. The delegations entered the UN at Geneva on Tuesday morning for the closed-door...

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Iraq slams US raid on Hashd al-Shaabi near Syria border

Iraq slams US raid on Hashd al-Shaabi near Syria border

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike on a post of the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi forces near border with Syria. “We condemn the act of targeting forces fighting the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq,” the ministry said in a statement....

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'Manbij deal would not exist without Olive Branch op'

'Manbij deal would not exist without Olive Branch op'

The Syrian Turkmen Assembly (STA) Monday welcomed the Manbij roadmap devised by Turkey and the U.S., saying that the deal would not have been reached if Turkey had not launched Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin. STA leader Mohamed Wajih Joma told Anadolu Agency that the Manbij...

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Daraa rebels on alert as regime mobilizes for major offensive

Daraa rebels on alert as regime mobilizes for major offensive

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian rebels are on alert as the regime forces backed by Hezbollah and Iranian militias have been mobilizing troops to launch major offensive in southern Syria despite warning from Washington, local sources said.  The regime forces seek to split up the...

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Hezbollah militia attacks Syrian rebels in Quneitra

Hezbollah militia attacks Syrian rebels in Quneitra

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Clashes erupted Monday between the Lebanese Hezbollah militia and Syrian rebels in southern Quneitra province, local activists said. Hezbollah militants have intensified their assault in the southwest region despite a clear warning by the US to take firm and appropriate...

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Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish groups leaving Manbij area

Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish groups leaving Manbij area

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Syrian Kurdish militia fighters were leaving northern Syria's Manbij area. Turkey's armed forces announced earlier that Turkish and U.S. soldiers had started independent patrols along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas...

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Syria strike toll rises to 52 pro-Assad fighters, mostly Iraqi

Syria strike toll rises to 52 pro-Assad fighters, mostly Iraqi

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The death toll in an overnight bombing raid on pro-regime forces in eastern Syria has risen to 52 loyalist fighters, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday. "Among them are at least 30 Iraqi fighters and 16 Syrians, including 4 officers and 8...

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Senior rebel commander killed by assailants in Idlib

Senior rebel commander killed by assailants in Idlib

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A senior rebel commander killed early Monday by unknown assailants in northern Idlib province, local source said. Khalil Ismael Ersan, deputy commander of Jaish al-Ahrar, was assassinated with his son in the town of Joubas in the southern countryside of Idlib when...

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US-backed fighters expel Daesh from eastern bastion

US-backed fighters expel Daesh from eastern bastion

A U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance Sunday ousted Daesh (ISIS) from a bastion in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border, it said. The Syrian Democratic Forces, supported by U.S.-led coalition air power, have been battling to expel the militants from the last villages they hold in...

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Hasaka: Kurdish-led forces take key town from Daesh

Hasaka: Kurdish-led forces take key town from Daesh

(Zaman Al Wasl)- US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday have seized the town of Tal al-Shayer from Daesh in the northeastern province of Hasaka, activists said. The next step for the SDF after Tal Shayer is the town of al-Dshaisha, according to activist Mohamed al-Kheder....

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UK: Daesh terrorists freed under 'secret' deal with SDF

UK: Daesh terrorists freed under 'secret' deal with SDF

European Daesh terror group members have been released by the SDF under secret prisoner swap deals, raising fears the terrorists could reenter the battlefield and even return to Europe, according to a British daily Friday. The U.S. has supported a number of terrorist groups under the...

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Russia records 18 ceasefire violations in 24 hours

Russia records 18 ceasefire violations in 24 hours

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Russian Defense ministry on Saturday said 18 breaches were registered for the nation-wide ceasefire in the past 24 hours. 234 rebel factions have agreed are abiding by the ceasefire during the Eid al-Fitr holiday, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims...

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Hezbollah artillery kills 5 civilians in Daraa

Hezbollah artillery kills 5 civilians in Daraa

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Lebanese Hezbollah militia backed by Iranian forces have stepped up its offensive on the southern Daraa province, killing 5 civilians, local sources said Friday. The artillery fire by Bashar al-Assad allies targeted the northern countryside of Daraa in the first day...

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US to take 'firm' measures against Daraa violations

US to take 'firm' measures against Daraa violations

The United States will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country's southwest, the State Department said on Thursday. After seven years of conflict, the southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the...

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 Afrin's displaced trapped by YPG in Hasaka: sources

Afrin's displaced trapped by YPG in Hasaka: sources

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Hundreds of Afrin's displaced on Thursday have demanded the Kurdish militias to allow them returning back home, sources said. Tens of displaced families who settled in the town of Tel Tam in Hasaka province said the YPG militia is preventing them from leaving the area...

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