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BEIRUT | US-backed forces storm IS-held village in east Syria

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian forces entered Saturday an eastern village held by the Islamic State group where intense clashes are ongoing a day after the extremists reportedly killed 20 fighters, the forces and a war monitor said. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said its fighters stormed Bagouz and are close to the center of the … Continue reading BEIRUT | US-backed forces storm IS-held village in east Syria

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 11:45 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing to all parties directly and indirectly involved in Syria — especially Iran, Russia, and Turkey — to protect civilians and avoid a “bloodbath” in the last major rebel-held stronghold in Idlib. He said a full-scale battle … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN chief: A ‘bloodbath’ must be averted in Idlib

BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time

BEIRUT  — United Nations schools for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are starting the new school year on time, despite the U.S. decision to cancel funding to the international body’s Palestinian relief agency. Students looked giddy as they arrived at the Haifa Intermediate School in Beirut’s Bir Hassan neighborhood on Monday and sat attentively through their … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN schools for Palestinians defy funding cuts, open on time

BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey brands al-Qaida group in Syria terrorists

BEIRUT — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Turkey has named an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria a terror organization to include the group’s rebranded name. The change comes amid discussions with Russia over how to treat the Levant Liberation Committee (Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham), which controls most of Idlib, and other … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Turkey brands al-Qaida group in Syria terrorists

BEIRUT | War monitor says blasts in Syria airport killed 2

BEIRUT — A group monitoring the Syrian war says at least two military personnel were killed and 11 wounded in overnight explosions in a military airport on the edge of the capital. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday the blasts that rocked Damascus are believed to have been caused by an Israeli … Continue reading BEIRUT | War monitor says blasts in Syria airport killed 2

BEIRUT | The Latest: UN warns against assault on Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5 p.m. The head of the U.N. agency for refugees says a potential military offensive in the last rebel stronghold in Syria threatens to cause renewed displacement and discourage refugees from returning home. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday that … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: UN warns against assault on Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT | Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, activists and a war monitor said. The explosions rocked the area in al-Ghab plains, south of idlib and came after rebels detected government … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive