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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

DAMASCUS, Syria | Explosions shake Syrian capital after midnight

DAMASCUS, Syria — At least five explosions have been heard in the Syrian capital. The blasts in the early morning hours of Sunday shook buildings in Damascus. The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV station, which is close to the Syrian government, reports that the blasts came from direction of the Mezzeh military airport, southwest of the capital. … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Explosions shake Syrian capital after midnight

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

DAMASCUS, Syria  — Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees’ return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that “the Syrian government will facilitate their return by all means.” He added … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

UNITED NATIONS | UN gradually returning peacekeepers to Syria-Israel frontier

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations said Friday it is implementing “a gradual return” of the U.N. peacekeeping force to the frontier zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that a key goal in the return of the peacekeeping force, known as UNDOF, is reopening the Quneitra … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN gradually returning peacekeepers to Syria-Israel frontier

QUNEITRA, Syria | Syria revels in recapture of town near Israel-occupied Golan

QUNEITRA, Syria — Syrian government officials and lawmakers celebrated Friday with music and an official flag raising ceremony the recapture of this symbolic southern town adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from armed groups that controlled it for more than four years. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of Syrians from nearby villages, who sang … Continue reading QUNEITRA, Syria | Syria revels in recapture of town near Israel-occupied Golan

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