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Comment: The UN's imbalanced and unjust structure is allowing Assad to weaponise aid to vulnerable Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

As many as 1,200 mercenaries have been recruited by a Putin-linked PMC firm to fight and assist Haftar in Libya.

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Assad regime finally acknowledged as chemical culprit

The OPCW for the first time attributed blame for Syria chemical attacks, but activists are sceptical about its significance.

Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for chemical weapons attacks

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Watchdog 'explicitly blames' Syria regime for chemical weapons attacks

For the first time since the Syria conflict erupted in 2011, the global chemical weapons watchdog explicitly blamed President Bashar al-Assad's ...

Report on Assad chemical attacks, too little, too late

Sam Hamad

Report on Assad chemical attacks, too little, too late

Comment: For the victims of Assad's chemical warfare, the damage inflicted by these attacks, and by the Russian propaganda surrounding them, has ...

The New Arab

OPCW to explicitly accuse Syrian regime of chemical attacks

An investigation by the OPCW's new unit is likely to trigger counter accusations and denials from Syria and its allies, Iran and Russia.

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Syria regime discovers mass grave near Damascus

A mass grave was discovered near Eastern Ghouta's main town of Douma, an area formerly controlled by rebel group Jaish Al-Islam.

Elizabeth Hagedorn

Syrians celebrate death of Qasem Soleimani

In much of Syria – where millions have suffered under the Iran-backed regime of Bashar al-Assad – the general's death was welcome news.

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Chemical watchdog defends Syria attack report despite whistleblower leaks

The OPCW has stood by its report on an alleged chlorine attack by the Syrian regime on the village of Douma, in face of a Wikileaks ...

Assad officials begin trial, but regime brutality continues

James Snell

Assad officials begin trial, but regime brutality continues

Comment: Germany's efforts to prosecute two Syrians who are believed to have committed war crimes under Assad barely scratches the surface of ...

The New Arab

Report documents 72 torture methods used by Syrian regime

The Syrian Network for Human Rights has documented 72 torture methods the Syrian regime uses in prisons, along with harrowing testimonies from ...

The deadly toll of US indifference in Syria

James Snell

The deadly toll of US indifference in Syria

Comment: From inaction over regime use of chemical weapons, to a callous abandonment of the Kurds, US policy in Syria is a riot of indifference, ...

Syrians mark sixth anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack

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Syrians mark sixth anniversary of Ghouta chemical attack

Syrians on Wednesday commemorated the sixth anniversary of the deadly Ghouta chemical massacre, which killed hundreds of people in August 2013.

New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria probe

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New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria probe

A new team established by the OPCW to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions will investigate nine alleged chemical attacks during ...

Chemical weapons team to identify Syria attacks culprits: OPCW

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Chemical weapons team to identify Syria attacks culprits: OPCW

The head of the world's toxic arms watchdog said a new chemical weapons investigation team has started work on identifying the culprits behind ...

The New Arab & agencies

France has 'indication' of chemical attack in Syria: minister

'We have an indication that chemical weapons were used in the Idlib region, but for now it has not been verified' said France's foreign minister.

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Pink Floyd star's attack on Syrian rescuers provokes outrage

A new attack by Roger Waters on Syria's White Helmets, where he blamed them for the murder of 34 people in the city of Douma has caused ...

Florence Dixon

MbS-aligned Saudi newspaper urges 'surgical strikes' on Iran

An editorial in a Saudi newspaper owned by the crown prince's brother calls for ‘decisive, punitive’ airstrikes against Iran, reflecting ...

The New Arab & agencies

Assad regime rejects OPCW report on deadly chlorine attack

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons denied the Syrian regime's claims that the gas came from a rebel chemical weapons ...

Chlorine used in 2018 chemical attack on Syria's <em>Douma</em>

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Chlorine used in 2018 chemical attack on Syria's Douma

Chlorine was used in a deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma in April 2018, the world's chemical weapons watchdog announced on ...

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Syrian passport applicants face exorbitant prices and persecution

Syrians attempting to obtain a passport from regime authorities are facing exorbitant prices and risk of arrest.

Egypt court jails prominent activist for 15 years

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Egypt court jails prominent activist for 15 years

A leading figure in Egypt's 2011 revolution was handed 15 years in prison on Wednesday after a retrial.

Syrian activists thank late Paddy Ashdown for his support

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Syrian activists thank late Paddy Ashdown for his support

Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown is being remembered by Syrians following his death on Saturday.

How refugees started a silent gender revolution in Egypt

Ariane Lavrilleux

How refugees started a silent gender revolution in Egypt

Women working while their husbands stay at home has become a common situation among refugee communities in Egypt, where millions are living, ...

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