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

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

Restrictions imposed amid unprecedented coronavirus outbreak in rebel-held Syria

The New Arab Staff

Restrictions imposed amid unprecedented coronavirus outbreak in rebel-held Syria

Local authorities in opposition held areas of northern Syria have ordered the closure of restaurants, cafes and other public gathering areas amid an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases.

Lebanese firefighters douse remains of Beirut port fire

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanese firefighters douse remains of Beirut port fire

A statement from the civil defence confirmed that the fire had been fully extinguished after firefighters worked through the night.

Syria's Assad names new <em>government</em> headed by PM Arnous

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's Assad names new government headed by PM Arnous

The decree changes those in charge of 12 cabinet portfolios, including the ministries of finance, energy and public health.

Josh Ruebner

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs

Book Club: Elizabeth Thompson chronicles a pivotal moment in modern history when Arab nationalists established a representative democracy - and how Western powers crushed it.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's Assad tasks caretaker PM to form new government

Hussein Arnous was appointed caretaker prime minister in June and has now been tasked with forming a new cabinet.

The New Arab Staff

Syrian opposition welcomes Caesar sanctions against regime

The economy minister of the Syrian opposition ‘interim government’ says new US sanctions against the regime target ...

The New Arab & agencies

Haftar-linked diplomat demands 'fair distribution' to end oil blockade

The Tobruk government's top diplomat has said the country's oil wealth must be shared by the UN-recognised government in Tripoli.

Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The New Arab & agencies

Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad comes after a long history of US military intervention on Iraqi soil.

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 ...

Averting an Islamic State resurgence in Iraq and Syria

International Crisis Group

Averting an Islamic State resurgence in Iraq and Syria

Comment: Both Iraq and Syria need to be spared new external shocks that could disrupt counter-IS efforts, say the International Crisis Group.

The future of the <em>Syrian</em> Democratic Forces

Ömer Özkizilcik

The future of the Syrian Democratic Forces

Why are former Centcom officials propagating the betrayal of Syrian Kurds when they have argued that the SDF are a multi-ethnic group ...

Death, disappearance and fear rule Assad's forced 'reconciliation' areas

Akram Touma

Death, disappearance and fear rule Assad's forced 'reconciliation' areas

Comment: Caught between forced recruitment or arrest by Assad's security forces, the choice for many Syrians is an impossible one, writes Akram ...

Syrians fled for a reason

Mazen Kseibi and Nader Othman

Syrians fled for a reason

Comment: The forced, early and unsafe return of Syrian refugees has to be prevented, write Mazen Kseibi and Nader Othman.

Zouhir al-Shimale

Idlib peace talks mean little to Syrians under fire

'Everything is under attack, the peace talks have brought only blood and grief to us.'

The New Arab

Syria's Afrin creates council after Kurd militia ousted

Turkish state media said a 20-member interim council was set up in the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Thursday, weeks after ...

Charlie Faulkner

Mincing no words, Syria's opposition calls Ghouta carnage genocide

Russia’s involvement in Syria has been condemned as a “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” by the National Coalition of Syria Revolution and ...

The New Arab

Syria rebels want US aid to fight al-Qaeda, Hizballah

A delegation from Syrian opposition movements met with White House officials, asking to re-equip Syrian rebels to fight ...

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

James Snell

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

Comment: When people protest against mass unemployment and corruption, and are met with bullets, the world must be prepared to do more than ...

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon garbage burning is serious risk to health: report

HRW said the Lebanese government's failure to bring under control the country's garbage crisis has led to open burning of waste which threatens ...

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Omar Sabbour

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Comment: As Raqqa gets destroyed, the Stop the War Coalition is nowhere to be heard, leaving Syria solidarity protesters to demonstrate in front ...

Syria rebels back opposition plan for a 'national army'

The New Arab & agencies

Syria rebels back opposition plan for a 'national army'

More than a dozen Syrian rebel factions have thrown their weight behind a proposed plan to create a single "national army" to unify the ...

Tahrir al-Sham's 'Syrianisation' causes war of words with Nusra

Mona Alami

Tahrir al-Sham's 'Syrianisation' causes war of words with Nusra

Comment: A series of tweets by HTS commander Atrash called on rebel groups to dissolve and join an opposition interim ...

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