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Russian Major Nikolai Zekin is facing trial for taking bribes from soldiers in order to send them to Syria, where they can earn high salaries and other benefits.

Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

How Iran's Quds Day propaganda pictures backfired

Paul McLoughlin

How Iran's Quds Day propaganda pictures backfired

Iran's Quds Day propaganda has backfired, with Tehran's role in the Syria war brought to task.

France and Turkey's growing rivalry in the Middle East

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

France and Turkey's growing rivalry in the Middle East

France views Turkey's foreign policy stance as a threat to its own economic and geopolitical interests.

Iran has spent $30bn propping up <em>Assad</em> regime: report

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Iran has spent $30bn propping up Assad regime: report

Iran has spent $20-30 billion in aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the money must be paid back, an Iranian ...

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Khamenei posts picture showing pro-Iran leaders praying in Jerusalem

Social media users were quick to ridicule Iran's latest propaganda content - a painting of an imagined gathering of Iran-backed leaders at the 'liberated' Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Fears over 'under the radar' coronavirus epidemic

Areas outside Syrian regime control remain at a major disadvantage in battling Covid-19, with fears that the coronavirus could be more ...

James Snell

In Libya, Russia calls in its proxy, Assad

Comment: Transplanted to fight in another civil conflict, Syrian soldiers are finding themselves on opposing sides of Libya's crowded ...

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Syria imposes travel ban on Assad's tycoon cousin Makhlouf

Syria's justice ministry has banned Rami Makhlouf from leaving the country, following a public dispute over millions of dollars the government ...

Red cross warns of humanitarian crisis in Syria

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Red cross warns of humanitarian crisis in Syria

The ICRC has warned of a serious humanitarian crisis in northeast Syria, as food shortages and electricity cuts makes the situation yet more ...

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UK scraps controversial bereavement decision after Syrian refugee's plea

Families of hospital porters, cleaners and social care staff will now be able to remain in the UK indefinitely if their relative working in the ...

Israel claims Iran is sending weapons to Libya's Haftar

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Israel claims Iran is sending weapons to Libya's Haftar

Khalifa Haftar lost control of a key Libyan airbase this week.

Haftar announces air war against Turkish forces in Libya

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Haftar announces air war against Turkish forces in Libya

Militias led by Khalifa Haftar have suffered a series of defeats in Libya following intervention by Turkey.

Lebanese security chief in 'secret meeting' with <em>Assad</em> regime

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Lebanese security chief in 'secret meeting' with Assad regime

Lebanon’s director of general security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, crossed into Syria for a meeting with Assad regime officials.

Libyan government forces capture Haftar's Russian-made missile system

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Libyan government forces capture Haftar's Russian-made missile system

GNA loyalists have captured a missile defence system thought to have been given to Haftar's LNA by the United Arab Emirates.

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Syrian regime seizes assets of tycoon Rami Makhlouf

Syrian tycoon and cousin of President Bashar Al-Assad, Rami Makhlouf, has made three videos challenging the regime, prompting a response from authorities.

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Syrian rebel and regime forces fight in Libya

A recent rapprochement between Assad and Haftar shows the increasing overlap between the two conflicts.

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Syrian on trial in Germany denies torturing prison inmates

Anwar Raslan claimed he had "helped to free" detainees, rather than torturing them.

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Syrian lira crashes after latest Rami Makhlouf video

Rami Makhlouf has made a series of videos criticising elements of the Assad regime.

Makhlouf lashes out at Syria regime in fresh accusations

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Makhlouf lashes out at Syria regime in fresh accusations

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf accused the regime of threatening to arrest him and close his telecommunications empire if he does not hand over ...

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Suspected Israeli strikes kill 7 Iran-backed fighters in Syria

At least 7 Iranian-backed fighters were killed in eastern Syria overnight, a monitor said, in what is suspected to be Israeli strikes.

Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf says will not resign

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Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf says will not resign

The owner of Syria's largest telecommunication company said his business was pressured with several 'unlawful' demands from authorities who ...

9.3 million people food insecure in war-torn Syria: WFP

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9.3 million people food insecure in war-torn Syria: WFP

More than 9 million people are now classed as food insecure in war-torn Syria, the WFP has said.

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for <em>Assad</em>

Paul McLoughlin

Foreign hands in Syria's war creating problems for Assad

Foreign intervention has marked Syria's war. Now it could lead to Assad's downfall.

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