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Only Tunisia has made the transition during the Arab Spring, with the other popular uprisings ending in repression, war or chaos.

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 say there was no IS presence there.

Erdogan threatens new Syria military operation to combat 'terrorism'

The New Arab Staff

Erdogan threatens new Syria military operation to combat 'terrorism'

Turkey has vowed to intervene militarily in Syria if promises to curb the influence of "terrorists" in the country are not fulfilled.

Syria's HTS 'renounces' use of suicide car bombings

The New Arab Staff

Syria's HTS 'renounces' use of suicide car bombings

HTS have used bomb-laden vehicles to target regime positions.

The New Arab Staff

Syria Insight: Jolani's outreach campaign highlights HTS' many challenges

Idlib province has seen a rivalry between rival jihadist factions.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

The New Arab Staff

Suweidah activists cancel protest to negotiate over detainees

Syrian regime authorities hope to turn the tide of protests against Assad's rule, redirecting anger towards incoming US sanctions.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrian security forces detain protesters in southern city

Anti-regime protests erupted in the southern city of Suweidah last week amid a crash in the local currency.

Syrians chant deceased rebel Sarout's name in Suweidah protest

The New Arab Staff

Syrians chant deceased rebel Sarout's name in Suweidah protest

Syrians in Suweidah have held new anti-regime protests.

The New Arab Staff

Protests erupt in Syria's Suweidah, as lira plunges

Syria's economic woes have continued, with protests erupting in regime areas.

Explainer: Why is Qatar under blockade by Saudi Arabia?

Amr Salahi

Explainer: Why is Qatar under blockade by Saudi Arabia?

Today marks the third anniversary of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain still imposing a blockade on ...

HTS leader tries to present ‘moderate’ face to Syrians

The New Arab Staff

HTS leader tries to present ‘moderate’ face to Syrians

The secretive leader of the jihadist group HTS has undertaken an intense public relations campaign in Idlib, revealing his true identity and ...

Lawyers in Lebanon fight back against torture and impunity

Alicia Medina

Lawyers in Lebanon fight back against torture and impunity

Torture in Lebanese detention centres remains a widespread practice carried out with impunity. One group of lawyers, however, is fighting ...

Kafranbel: Iconic revolutionary town falls to the Assad regime

Amr Salahi

Kafranbel: Iconic revolutionary town falls to the Assad regime

The town of Kafranbel in Idlib province, which rose to global fame with its satirical protest slogans and revolutionary art, has now been ...

The New Arab & agencies

Israel releases Druze man convicted of spying for Syria

The releases are a 'gesture of goodwill' after the repatriation to Israel last year of the remains of Zachary Baumel, an Israeli soldier missing since the 1982 war in Lebanon.

The New Arab

Hundreds of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters arrive in Idlib

A spokesman for the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army, which has previously fought Kurdish forces, has said that hundreds of fighters have ...

The New Arab

Water used as weapon in Middle East conflicts

Conflict actors in Yemen, Syria and Iraq have targeted civilian water supplies.

The New Arab

Gunmen assassinate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham official in Syria’s Idlib

Syria’s HTS militants blame the execution of a judge on the Islamic State group, despite the fact that widespread popular unrest has been ...

Syria Weekly: Idlib civilians demand no Assad, no Jolani

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Idlib civilians demand no Assad, no Jolani

Syrian civilians are making a brave stand against the authoritarian control of the HTS militant group in Idlib.

The New Arab

Al-Qaeda linked Syria-based cleric praises Baghdadi’s killing

Abdullah Al-Muhaysini, a Saudi jihadi cleric based in Syria who the US has designated as a terrorist, praised the death of al-Baghdadi as a ...

Trump says Islamic State leader 'died like a dog'

The New Arab

Trump says Islamic State leader 'died like a dog'

Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children with a suicide vest as US special operations forces approached his position, the US president ...

Turkey, Syrian Kurds claim credit in Baghdadi death operation

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey, Syrian Kurds claim credit in Baghdadi death operation

Ankara and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have rushed to claim credit for their efforts in the operation that killed IS leader Abu ...

Islamic State leader 'killed himself' during US raid

The New Arab

Islamic State leader 'killed himself' during US raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly committed suicide during a US military raid in Syria's Idlib region, US media reported.

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