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Assad staying in power would be 'grotesque error': Macron

Assad staying in power would be 'grotesque error': Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that a "return to normal" in Syria that left its leader Bashar Assad in power would be a "grotesque error," in comments seemingly directed at his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. "We can see those who would like to return to normal as soon...

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Turkish Gendarmerie kill Syrian woman, child

Turkish Gendarmerie kill Syrian woman, child

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Turkish border guards killed a woman and a child girl were illegally crossing the Turkish border as the regime forces press for major offensive in the northern province of Idlib, local activists said Sunday.  Hundreds of Syrian displaced have been trying to flee...

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German journalist facing terror trial in Turkey returns home

German journalist facing terror trial in Turkey returns home

A German journalist who is on trial in Turkey on terror-related charges returned to Germany Sunday after a Turkish court ruled that she could leave the country. Mesale Tolu flew to Stuttgart days after the court decision became public, a ruling that German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas...

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Senior US diplomat visits Kurdish-held territory in Syria

Senior US diplomat visits Kurdish-held territory in Syria

A senior US diplomat visited Kurdish-held territory in Syria on Saturday as the minority negotiates with Damascus over the future of its semi-autonomous region. Ambassador William Roebuck was in the town of Shadidi in the northwestern province of Hasakeh after visiting the towns of...

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Russia accuses Tahrir al-Sham of preparing Idlib chemical attack

Russia accuses Tahrir al-Sham of preparing Idlib chemical attack

 Russia Saturday said Syrian rebels are preparing a chemical attack in Idlib province which will be blamed on Damascus and used as a pretext for Western powers to hit regime targets in the war-torn country. Moscow's accusation comes after U.S. President Donald Trump's national security...

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At least 27 hostages held by IS in south Syria: HRW

At least 27 hostages held by IS in south Syria: HRW

At least 27 people are being held by Daesh (ISIS) in southern Syria, Human Rights Watch said Saturday as it deplored the hostage-taking as a "war crime." The group of mostly women and children were abducted by Daesh during a massive July 25 assault on the Druze community in Sweida, in...

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Syrian court sentences doctor to 3 months over tweet criticizing Erdogan

Syrian court sentences doctor to 3 months over tweet criticizing Erdogan

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A court run by Turkish-backed forces in the northern town of al-Bab has sentenced a doctor to three months in prison and fined him 5,000 Turkish liras for a tweet criticizing the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his statements, that threatens legal action against the...

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US-led coalition sets up new base in Deir Ezzor

US-led coalition sets up new base in Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- US-backed International Coalition is building a military base in Deir  Ezzor province, topping the number of its bases in eastern Syria to five, local activist told Zaman al-Wasl Friday.  The International Coalition set up the new base in the town of...

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Worsening conditions for Libya detained migrants

Worsening conditions for Libya detained migrants

The U.N. refugee agency said Friday it was gravely concerned about a deterioration in conditions for migrants held in Libyan detention centres that had led to riots and hunger strikes. Many migrants are taken to the centres after being intercepted by Libya's EU-backed coastguard as they...

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Syria's second largest oilfield operates again: Deir Ezzor

Syria's second largest oilfield operates again: Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syria's second largest oilfield has been operating again after almost one year since the US-backed Kurdish forces took the oil-rich area from Daesh in eastern Syria, satellite images showed. The Tanak oilfield, which contains about 150 wells, fell under the control the...

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Rise in drone attacks on Russian airbase in Syria: activist group

Rise in drone attacks on Russian airbase in Syria: activist group

Rebel and militant drone attacks on an airbase in Latakia used by Damascus ally Russia have increased since last month but all were shot down, an activist group said Friday. "Drone attacks against Hmeimim have increased" since July, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said,...

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Russia says over 63,000 troops have fought in Syria

Russia says over 63,000 troops have fought in Syria

Russia has sent over 63,000 troops to Syria over the course of its involvement in the conflict, the Russian defense ministry said Wednesday. A total of 63,012 Russian personnel have "received combat experience" in the war-torn country, the ministry said in a video about Russia's...

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Daraa: war burdens affect Eid al-Adha

Daraa: war burdens affect Eid al-Adha

(Zaman Al Wasl)- In spite of the period of quietness that overwhemed the southern province of Daraa due the cessation of hostilities, a specter of fear has affected life activities, in general, and economic activities in particular. Abu Qais Al-Hourani, lawyer, claims that since the...

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 Hasaka: MSF medics leave National Hospital over safety concerns

Hasaka: MSF medics leave National Hospital over safety concerns

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Médecins Sans Frontières withdrew its staff from the National Hospital in al-Azizia in the northeastern Hasaka province after threats from unknown armed group, local media said Wednesday. 10 foreign doctors (English, Sudanese and Pakistani) from the MSF left service...

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Syria's al-Qaeda leader vows to fight on in rebel province

Syria's al-Qaeda leader vows to fight on in rebel province

The leader of Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate has vowed to fight on in Idlib province, the country's last major rebel stronghold, in the face of a possible government offensive. Abu Mohammed al-Golani of the militant Levant Liberation Committee says state-sponsored surrenders of rebel...

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Ghouta Attack Anniversary: Assad conducted 183 chemical attacks since 2013

Ghouta Attack Anniversary: Assad conducted 183 chemical attacks since 2013

(SNHR)- As five years have passed since the most heinous chemical attack the Syrian people has ever known, the pain, even after five years, is still deeply rooted not only because the criminal is still ruling Syria, but also because he followed his crime with hundreds of other attacks....

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Landmine kills smuggler in Hasaka

Landmine kills smuggler in Hasaka

(Zaman Al Wasl)- One person was killed and another was wounded in a landmine explosion in northeastern Hasaka province, local activist said Monday. The two brothers, who work in fuel smuggling, were escaping the Asayish, the Kurdish domestic security south of Hasaka city. One the...

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US-backed forces repel IS attack in Deir Ezzor, 2 civilians killed

US-backed forces repel IS attack in Deir Ezzor, 2 civilians killed

US-backed forces have repelled a raid by the Islamic State group targeting barracks housing American and French troops in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces and the US-led coalition supporting them were on high alert after...

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