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BEIRUT| Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

BEIRUT— Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to end the insurgents’ presence in southern Syria. The government’s push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa province in an offensive that began in … Continue reading BEIRUT| Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

BEIRUT — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

BEIRUT | Thousands who fled recent fighting in Syria return home

BEIRUT — A U.N. official and a group that closely monitors the Syrian war say most Syrians displaced by recent fighting in the country’s south have returned to their homes. Anders Pedersen, the top U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Jordan, told reporters Sunday that just 150 to 200 Syrians remained stranded near a key crossing point … Continue reading BEIRUT | Thousands who fled recent fighting in Syria return home

BEIRUT  | Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

BEIRUT  — Syrian soldiers are celebrating the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan, raising portraits of President Bashar Assad and tearing down rebel flags. Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier, after rebels announced they had reached an agreement with Russian mediators to end the violence in the southern province of … Continue reading BEIRUT  | Syrian troops celebrate recapture of border crossing

BEIRUT | Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces on Friday reached a vital border crossing with Jordan and raised the national flag for the first time in years, state media reported, reinstating sovereignty over a key region that potentially reopens the way for Syrian exports to Arab countries. State news agency SANA said the capture of the Naseeb … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

BEIRUT | Islamic State says leader’s son killed in Syria

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group says the son of its leader has been killed fighting Syrian government forces. The announcement of the death of the young son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on the group’s social media accounts late Tuesday. It included a picture of a young boy carrying a rifle and identified him … Continue reading BEIRUT | Islamic State says leader’s son killed in Syria

BEIRUT  | Watchdog: Syrian group uncovering IS mass graves needs help

BEIRUT  — Activists working to uncover mass graves in northeastern Syria — a region until recently controlled by the Islamic State group — need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed more light on the unspeakable horrors perpetrated by the militants during their reign there, an international watchdog said Tuesday. Human Rights Watch … Continue reading BEIRUT  | Watchdog: Syrian group uncovering IS mass graves needs help