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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 <em>Syria</em> to secure hostages' release

The New Arab Staff

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 ...

Iran's dilemma in Nagorno-Karabakh

Giorgio Cafiero

Iran's dilemma in Nagorno-Karabakh

Analysis: Sharing borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan, Iran is walking a geopolitical tightrope with the crisis.

The New Arab Staff

Iranian militias re-name Syrian streets names after Khomeini, Solemani

Iranian militias in eastern Syria are changing the names of local streets in a 'provocative and sectarian' way in an effort to forcibly alter the character of the area.

Sam Hamad

Would Biden really stop writing blank cheques for Egypt?

Comment: Only a Biden administration would be capable of holding Sisi's regime accountable. But whether it would is another matter, ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Two Americans, 240 Yemen rebel backers freed in swap

In an apparent swap, two captive Americans were freed in Yemen as more than 200 supporters of the Houthi rebels were allowed to return home.

The New Arab Staff

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 ...

<em>Syria</em> builds new Covid ward, prepares for second wave

The New Arab Staff

Syria builds new Covid ward, prepares for second wave

Syria has already been ravaged by an outbreak of Covid-19.

The New Arab Staff

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 ...

Turkey hits out at European 'arrogance' over <em>Syria</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey hits out at European 'arrogance' over Syria

The European Union's calls for Turkey to withdraw from Syria are 'arrogant', Ankara said on Tuesday.

Assad declares 'national catastrophe' after forest fires

The New Arab Staff

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 ...

Syrian opposition ‘government’ declares Al-Bab ‘disaster area’ amid coronavirus

The New Arab Staff

Syrian opposition ‘government’ declares Al-Bab ‘disaster area’ amid coronavirus

The Syrian opposition’s ‘interim government’ has declared the city of Al-Bab in northwestern Syria a ‘disaster area’ amid an increase ...

HTS kill 13 ‘IS-affiliated militants' in northern <em>Syria</em>

The New Arab Staff

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.

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

Assad responds to Trump assassination claims

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

The New Arab Staff

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 coronavirus ...

Three humanitarian workers injured in Syria's Al-Bab blast

Paul McLoughlin

Three humanitarian workers injured in Syria's Al-Bab blast

Three humanitarian workers were injured in Tuesday's Al-Bab bombing, which left at least 18 people dead.

The New Arab Staff

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.

Nineteen killed in car bomb attack in northern <em>Syria</em>

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 ...

Rights groups ask Germany to probe <em>Syria</em> chemical attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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 ...

Could the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict spark a proxy war?

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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