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

The US assassination of Major-General Qasem Soleimani has unprecedented consequences stretching far beyond the US-Iran relationship. But who was the shadowy commander of Iran's elite military force?

Russian air strikes kill 15 rebels in northwest Syria

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Russian air strikes kill 15 rebels in northwest Syria

Russian air strikes Tuesday killed 15 rebel fighters in an anti-regime bastion in northwestern Syria, a Britain-based war monitor said.

Syrians speak out on the eighth anniversary of revolution

Mel Plant

Syrians speak out on the eighth anniversary of revolution

Mass displacement, death and detention, chemical and barrel bomb attacks, and widespread torture have all characterised the past eight years. ...

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.

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Buses depart Syrian regime Idlib villages, following three-year siege

Two Syrian villages which have been besieged by rebels for three years are being emptied of their inhabitants, following a deal between the two sides.

James Snell

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

Comment: World leaders have ample evidence that Assad's regime and its allies are besieging civilian populations. They must fight back with more ...

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Syria and beyond: Manufactured doubt and moral atrophy

Comment: For Assad's regime, doubt is a political necessity, writes Idrees Ahmad.

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Uprooted restaurateurs create 'little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Syrians who quit towns recaptured by Assad's regime have introduced Damascene cuisine to Idlib, where the longed-for taste of the good old days ...

New technology makes urban massacres more likely, not less

Diana Alghoul

New technology makes urban massacres more likely, not less

Blog: Statistics must not be viewed through the lens of a tragedy, but as the result of crimes against humanity and widespread apathy, writes ...

Leila al-Shami

Syria's prisoners: Absent but never forgotten

Comment: Syria's prisons are filled with those who rose up peacefully to call for freedom, democracy and social justice, writes Leila Al-Shami.

Syrian government 'using suffering as a war tactic'

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Syrian government 'using suffering as a war tactic'

The UN humanitarian chief says thousands of Syrians in at least 10 communities are facing suffering as the regime denies aid to the needy and ...

Guterres: Syria forced evacuations 'may be a war crime'

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Guterres: Syria forced evacuations 'may be a war crime'

UN chief warns parties involved in evacuating civilians that forced displacement is only permissible for guaranteeing safety or 'for imperative ...

Syria's revolution was nothing to do with sectarianism

Sam Hamad

Syria's revolution was nothing to do with sectarianism

Comment: The Syrian revolution was about Syrians uniting, regardless of confession, but Assad and Iran are deliberately cultivating sectarianism ...

Syrian forced evacuations resume following Rashideen massacre

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Syrian forced evacuations resume following Rashideen massacre

Hundreds of civilians left their homes in Syrian towns on Wednesday, as part of a series of deals between the regime and rebels to abandon ...

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Mass evacuation in Syria to proceed after deadly blast

More than 3,000 Syrians are expected to be evacuated Sunday from four areas as part of a population transfer that was briefly stalled the day before by a deadly blast

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Rebels condemn deadly bomb attack on Syria 'pro-government' evacuees

Ahrar al-Sham condemn the attack that targeted civilians from pro-government villages as 'cowardly', denying any involvement, as death toll ...

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Dozens killed in Syria evacuation bus explosion, evacuees stranded

An explosion has hit Syria bus convoy waiting to evacuate militants and residents from two Shia villages, killing and injuring dozens in the ...

The New Arab

Explosion hits Syria bus convoy as evacuation deal halts

An explosion has hit Syria bus convoy waiting to evacuate militants and residents from two Shia villages, killing and injuring dozens in the ...

Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals' Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

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Syrian regime empties rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

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Syrian regime depopulates rebel-held towns in 'evacuation deals'

Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticised population transfer that reflects the ...

Besieged Syrian towns evacuated as huge population swap begins Besieged Syrian towns evacuated as huge population swap begins

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Besieged Syrian towns evacuated as huge population swap begins

Dozens of buses arrive in four besieged Syrian towns to begin an evacuation deal which will see tens of thousands of people moved.

Syrian rebels, regime swap hostages ahead of more evacuations

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Syrian rebels, regime swap hostages ahead of more evacuations

Syrian rebel groups exchanged prisoners with regime forces on Wednesday ahead of planned evacuations of pro-regime towns Foua and Kefraya.

Evacuation of four besieged Syria towns 'delayed'

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Evacuation of four besieged Syria towns 'delayed'

A deal to evacuate more than 30,000 people from the towns of Fuaa, Kafraya, Madaya and Zabadani on Tuesday has been delayed over ...

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