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Four American hostages are believed to be held in Syria.

The Islamic State group called on its militants to strike the economic interests of Saudi Arabia, which it described as an agent of Israel.

US official went to Syria to secure hostages' release

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US official went to Syria to secure hostages' release

Four American hostages are believed to be held in Syria.

Gone but not forgotten: The fight for Syria's disappeared

Jan-Peter Westad

Gone but not forgotten: The fight for Syria's disappeared

As the war draws on in Syria, the fight to remember those missing becomes increasingly difficult. But Wafa Ali Mustafa remains determined to ...

Israeli forces secretly destroyed two Syrian <em>regime</em> Golan outposts

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Israeli forces secretly destroyed two Syrian regime Golan outposts

Israeli forces secretly crossed a ceasefire line with Syria and destroyed two Syrian regime military outposts near the Golan Heights ...

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Syrian Ahrar Al-Sham rebel group faces major internal mutiny

The Syrian Islamist Ahrar Al-Sham rebel group is facing a major split between it political leadership and its military wing, which the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group is encouraging.

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Assad declares 'national catastrophe' after forest fires

Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad has visited areas in northwestern Syria affected by deadly forest fires and declared a ‘national ...

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HTS kill 13 ‘IS-affiliated militants' in northern Syria

An HTS-affiliated security force says it has killed 13 Islamic State militants in the village of Tal’ada in Idlib province, while local people ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 1)

In-depth: Five years have passed since Russia's intervention in Syria's war began. For Syrians, it is a time of loss and mourning.

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Tallha Abdulrazaq

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hezbollah says maritime border talks not 'normalisation' with Israel

Hezbollah has said that maritime border talks between Lebanon and Israel due to take place next week have ‘absolutely nothing to do with any ...

<em>Assad</em> responds to Trump assassination claims

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Assad responds to Trump assassination claims

Bashar al-Assad responded to Trump admitting that he wanted to assassinate the Syrian dictator in 2017.

<em>Assad</em> says he will personally test Russian coronavirus vaccine

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Assad says he will personally test Russian coronavirus vaccine

In an interview with the Sputnik news agency, Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad says that he will personally take a controversial new ...

US bill could sanction banks operating in 'Hezbollah-dominated' areas

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US bill could sanction banks operating in 'Hezbollah-dominated' areas

This legislation would represent the “toughest sanctions ever proposed by Congress” against Hezbollah, Republican US Congressman Joe Wilson ...

Syrians urge voting against Russia on Human Rights Council

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Syrians urge voting against Russia on Human Rights Council

Syrian groups have urged UN member states to vote against Russia gaining a seat on the Human Rights Council.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Nineteen killed in car bomb attack in northern Syria

A car bomb attack in the northern Syrian city of Al-Bab, which is controlled by Turkish-allied forces, has killed 19 people, most of them civilians

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Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

Human rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany calling for the investigation of two deadly regime chemical weapons ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Could the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict spark a proxy war?

Analysis: As war returns to Nagorno-Karabakh, there are fears that Armenian-Azeri fighting could draw in regional powers.

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Assad says Russia presence keeps 'balance' in Syria

Assad claimed Russia's presence in Syria is needed to counter Western influence.

Oman reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

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Oman reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

A Omani ambassador will now represent the Gulf state in Damascus, authorities confirmed, after an eight-year hiatus.

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US slap sanctions on Syrian central bank chief, businessman

The US slapped sanctions on Syria's central bank chief, as well as other 16 other people and institutions.

Assad’s cousin accuses <em>regime</em> figures of robbing Syrian people

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Assad’s cousin accuses regime figures of robbing Syrian people

Bashar al-Assad’s estranged cousin Rami Makhlouf, who fell out with the regime in 2019, has accused figures close to the Syrian ...

Jordan-Syria border crossing re-opened in bid to bolster trade

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Jordan-Syria border crossing re-opened in bid to bolster trade

An important border crossing between Syria and Jordan has re-opened after a nearly two months-long closure.

US to provide $720 million in aid to Syria

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US to provide $720 million in aid to Syria

With the latest injection, total US support since the start of the crisis will reach more than $12 billion.

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