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BEIRUT | Last stand: Syria’s rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

BEIRUT— They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions. They issued calls to arms, urging young men to join in the defense of Idlib, the Syrian province where opposition fighters expect to make their last stand against Russian- and Iranian-backed government troops they have fought for … Continue reading BEIRUT | Last stand: Syria’s rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey reinforces security posts in north Syria

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A senior official says political advisers of the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany agree that a solution for the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib should be a political, rather than military, one. Ibrahim Kalin, adviser to … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey reinforces security posts in north Syria

BEIRUT | Syrian rescuers say government bombing kills infant

BEIRUT— An infant girl was killed on Sunday as Syrian government forces bombed rebel-held villages in Idlib and Hama provinces, rescuers and a war monitoring group said. Government and allied Russian forces have stepped up their bombing campaign against the Syrian opposition’s last bastion in the country after a summit between Russia, Turkey, and Iran … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian rescuers say government bombing kills infant

BEIRUT | Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

BEIRUT — Syrian government and Russian warplanes on Saturday targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with the “most intense” airstrikes in weeks, according to activists and a war monitoring group, ratcheting up military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion. More than 60 air raids killed at least four civilians in southern Idlib, according … Continue reading BEIRUT | Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

BEIRUT | Intense air raids on edge of Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

BEIRUT — Activists and a war monitoring group say Syrian government and Russian warplanes have targeted the southern edge of Idlib province with a series of airstrikes, ratcheting up the military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion. The intense air raids come a day after Iran and Russia backed a military campaign in the … Continue reading BEIRUT | Intense air raids on edge of Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

BEIRUT | Report: Blast kills Syrian arms program researcher

BEIRUT— A research director at a military agency linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program was assassinated, a newspaper close to the Syrian government reported Sunday. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center, died in a blast targeting his car Saturday night, in Syria’s Hama … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: Blast kills Syrian arms program researcher

BEIRUT | Report: Blast kills head of Syrian arms research program

BEIRUT  — A Syrian newspaper says the director of a military research agency linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program has been assassinated. The pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported on its website Sunday that Aziz Esber, of the Scientific Studies and Research Center, died in a blast targeting his car the previous night, in Syria’s Hama province. … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: Blast kills head of Syrian arms research program

BEIRUT | Russia: Iran-backed forces withdraw from Golan frontier

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s envoy to Syria said Wednesday that an agreement with Israel that includes Russian guarantees ensures that Iran-backed fighters will remain more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) away from Syria’s frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Alexander Lavrentyev told the Russian Interfax news agency the agreement was reached in order … Continue reading BEIRUT | Russia: Iran-backed forces withdraw from Golan frontier