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A number of security forces will take part in a new military campaign against Islamic State sleeper cells in the oil-rich Kirkuk governorate, Iraqi authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Tunisians have constituted one of the largest groups of foreign jihadists in Syria, Iraq and Libya since 2011.

UN restarts aid to <em>Syria</em> but shuts access point

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UN restarts aid to Syria but shuts access point

Following a week of division and seven ballots, the Council passed a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium allowing the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year.

UN to vote on reduced extension of <em>Syria</em> aid

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UN to vote on reduced extension of Syria aid

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted overnight by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into ...

More coronavirus cases reported in Syria's Idlib

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More coronavirus cases reported in Syria's Idlib

The enclave is currently under threat of losing crucial humanitarian aid access.

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Dozens of pro-Iran fighters killed in unidentified Syria strike

Unidentified air raids on Friday killed at least 35 pro-Iran fighters in Syria's Deir az-Zour, reports confirmed.

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Iran signs agreement to bolster Syria's air defence systems

Chief of staff of Iran's armed forces met with Syrian president Bashar Assad during a visit to Syria, where they signed an agreement to ...

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Biden would drastically change relations with Saudi, Egypt: adviser

Biden's foreign policy advisor laid out the presidential candidate's intention to curb support for Saudi Arabia, but failed to outline a clear ...

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Syrians alarmed at Russia push to limit cross-border aid

Russia vetoed down a UN Security Council motion authorising cross-border aid to millions of Syrians in the northwest of the country.

First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's Idlib

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First coronavirus case confirmed in Syria's Idlib

Idlib has its first case of Covid-19, a doctor at a hospital near the Turkish border.

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Moscow push to reduce cross-border aid to Syria fails

The UN Security Council voted down a Russian bid to abolish one of two vital aid crossing points between Turkey and Syria, and keep the ...

UN voting on <em>Syria</em> aid delivery through 1 crossing

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UN voting on Syria aid delivery through 1 crossing

Moscow, an ally of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, vetoed an earlier resolution to see continued aid deliveries through two crossing points to ...

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Sam Hamad

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Comment: Russia is exploiting its UN Security Council veto power for the purposes of aiding and abetting war crimes in Syria, ...

Iran to bolster <em>Syria</em> air defences, counter US 'pressure'

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Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Iran announced it will strengthen war-torn Syria's air defence systems as part of a military agreement between the allies.

UN alleges <em>war</em> crimes during Syria's Idlib offensive

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UN alleges war crimes during Syria's Idlib offensive

A United Nations investigation has accused Syria and its allies of war crimes in the opposition-held Idlib offensive.

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Lebanon's rising power cuts add to economic crisis

Lebanon is experiencing a serious economic crisis offset by power cuts and austerity.

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UN vote seeks to authorise cross-border aid to Syria

Aid groups are urging Russia to rethink its position, as Syria cracks under the pressure of its civil war.

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US killing of Qassem Soleimani 'unlawful', says UN expert

A UN expert found the US' killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani to be in contravention of international law.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: German court case highlights Assad's torture legacy

Syria Insight: A German court case has gripped the Syrian diaspora in Europe, shedding light on Assad's notorious campaign of torture.

'Living in hope': Families of <em>Syria</em> detainees await news

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'Living in hope': Families of Syria detainees await news

Anguished relatives are poring over photos of torture victims from Syrian prisons, posted online by activists after the US imposed new sanctions ...

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Over 50 killed in clashes between Syrian regime, IS

Clashes in the Syrian desert have killed more than 50 fighters from the Syrian regime and Islamic State, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

Suspected coalition planes strike Iranian militias in eastern <em>Syria</em>

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Suspected coalition planes strike Iranian militias in eastern Syria

Warplanes believed to be from the US-led coalition against IS have struck positions belonging to Iranian-backed militias in the eastern Syrian ...

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security ...

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

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