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Assad pledges to regain control of northern Syria by force if needed

Assad pledges to regain control of northern Syria by force if needed

The Syrian army will regain control of the country's north by force if rebels there refuse to surrender, Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian television channel NTV Sunday. Assad's comments come after Damascus said it rejected the presence of Turkish and U.S. forces around the...

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Russian jets strike Busra al-Harir town in Deraa

Russian jets strike Busra al-Harir town in Deraa

Russian jets struck an opposition held town in southwest Syria Sunday, opposition sources said, in the first air cover provided by Moscow to an expanding regime army offensive to recapture the strategic area bordering Jordan and the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Two tracking centers...

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SDF arrests 100 people in Deir Ezzor

SDF arrests 100 people in Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Kurdish-led forces arrested about 100 people in eastern Deir Ezzor province, saying they have links with Daesh and the Syrian regime. The Intelligence service of the Syrian Democratic Forces has carried out major arrest campaign in former Daesh areas, tracking people...

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Regime assault on Daraa triggers mass migration

Regime assault on Daraa triggers mass migration

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Syria’s southwestern Daraa province toward Israel-occupied Golan Heights following attacks by regime forces and Iran-backed Shia militias.   On June 20, regime forces and allied militias began a wide-scale military operation toward...

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Syrian regime gains ground in rebel south: activist group

Syrian regime gains ground in rebel south: activist group

Syrian regime forces on Saturday made their first gains on the ground against rebel fighters in the southern province of Daraa after several days of intensified bombardment, an activist group said. Since Tuesday, regime troops have been ramping up shelling on opposition-held areas in...

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Iraq conducts air strike on Daesh position in Deir Ezzor

Iraq conducts air strike on Daesh position in Deir Ezzor

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Iraq has conducted an air strike on three houses in the town of Hajin in eastern Deir Ezzor province where Daesh (ISIS) leaders were meeting, killing 45 members of the militant group, its military said on Saturday. "Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful air...

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U.N. chief appeals for end to fighting in Daraa

U.N. chief appeals for end to fighting in Daraa

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday called for an immediate end to a military escalation in southwest Syria and a return to ceasefire arrangements agreed by Russia, the United States and Jordan. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley separately urged Russia to pressure its Syrian ally...

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Daraa Offensive: Herak town is 'stricken', local council says

Daraa Offensive: Herak town is 'stricken', local council says

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Local council of al-Herak in southern Daraa province said the border town with Jordan has been under ' barbaric bombardment for the last three days. The town is a stricken, the council said as most of the residents have been fleeing towards the Jordanian...

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US-led airstrikes kill 17 people in Deir Ezzor

US-led airstrikes kill 17 people in Deir Ezzor

  (Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 17 people, including 9 Daesh militants were killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes in eastern Deir Ezzor province, local sources said Friday. The strikes targeted the town of al-Sha'fah near the Iraqi border. The US-led attack failed to rule...

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Turkish army completes third round of patrols in Manbij

Turkish army completes third round of patrols in Manbij

Turkish Armed Forces on Friday completed their third round of patrolling in the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of a deal with the U.S. to rid the area of the YPG/PKK terror group. According to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground, armored vehicles belonging to the...

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Regime forces step up attack on eastern Daraa, casualties reported

Regime forces step up attack on eastern Daraa, casualties reported

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime forces stepped up its aerial and ground offensive on eastern side of Daraa province, leaving dozens killed and wounded, activists said Friday. Most of the towns in the eastern countryside came under heavy artillery fire as well as the barrel bombs hit...

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Daesh kills 21 regime troops near Suwaida province

Daesh kills 21 regime troops near Suwaida province

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 21 regime forces killed on Friday when Daesh militants launched surprise attack on their bastion in the southern desert, pro-ISIS news feeds said. The attack took place in al-Safa area near the southern province of Suwaida. Meanwhile,...

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UN calls on US to find alternatives to child detentions

UN calls on US to find alternatives to child detentions

The U.N. human rights office called on the Trump administration on Friday to overhaul its migration polices and find alternatives to detention, saying children should never be held in custody, even with their parents. The United States has faced fierce criticism for separating more than...

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UN fears for 750,000 Syrians caught in Daraa offensive

UN fears for 750,000 Syrians caught in Daraa offensive

(Zaman Al Wasl)-  The United Nations is deeply concerned for around 750,000 people in southwestern Syria, where a military offensive has displaced people in Daraa province towards the Jordanian border, a U.N. humanitarian statement said on Thursday. "Today, fighting and shelling...

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Daraa: US urges rebels to 'be patient' as efforts intensify to halt regime offensive

Daraa: US urges rebels to 'be patient' as efforts intensify to halt regime offensive

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Washington is intensifying efforts to halt major offensive by regime army and allied militias in southern Syria, urging rebels to ‘be patient’, according to a 'support message' by the State Department to southern rebels, sources told Zaman al-Wasl Thursday....

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Idlib rocked by twin bombings; 8 killed

Idlib rocked by twin bombings; 8 killed

  (Zaman Al Wasl-AA)- At least 8 civilians were killed and 35 more wounded  by a twin bomb attack that rocked the northwestern city of Idlib on Thursday, according to the White Helmets rescuing agency. Mustafa Haj Youssef, the White Helmets’ director in Idlib, told Anadolu...

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Erdogan turns to Syrian migrants for unlikely source of support

Erdogan turns to Syrian migrants for unlikely source of support

Turkey goes to the polls in national elections this weekend with controversial President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hoping to secure the votes of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who have been granted citizenship in the strife-torn country. Mr Erdogan, who is seeking a fourth five-year...

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Iraqi official blames Israel for deadly Syria airstrike

Iraqi official blames Israel for deadly Syria airstrike

First Deputy Parliament Speaker Hamam Hamoudi has blamed Israel for an airstrike that killed more than 20 Iraqi Hashd al-Shaabi fighters in eastern Syria earlier this week. “Israel’s targeting of the Hashd al-Shaabi provides incontrovertible evidence that the Israeli entity and the...

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