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Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

A recent rapprochement between Assad and Haftar shows the increasing overlap between the two conflicts.

Syria's IS prison camps 'at risk of mass breakout'

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Syria's IS prison camps 'at risk of mass breakout'

A new report by the US government found that prisons filled with Islamic State group fighters are at risk of mass breakouts.

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Adam Lucente

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Yazidi and Iraqi Christian communities who suffered atrocities at the hands of the extremist group fear the return of IS-affiliated families ...

Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

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Syria strikes kill 14 Iranian, allied fighters: monitor

Syrian Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said it was "likely" that Israel mounted the operation, which killed several Iraqi as well as ...

The New Arab

IS Syria prison riot over 'coronavirus fears' ends

A brief riot has erupted in a prison in Hassakeh, housing IS detainees.

The New Arab & agencies

How has coronavirus impacted conflicts in the Middle East?

On Friday, the UN appealed for ceasefires in all conflicts across the world. Antonio Guterres, its chief, warned that ''the worst is yet to ...

The New Arab

Details of Turkey-Russia ceasefire in Idlib 'finalised'

Turkey's defence minister said that an ''agreement was reached to a large extent' between the two sides during talks in Ankara, describing them ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Idlib at peace for now, after deal

After punishing Turkish strikes on Syrian regime positions forced a truce, Idlib has some respite. The question is, how long will it ...

Senior Islamic State commander arrested in Ukraine: security service

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Senior Islamic State commander arrested in Ukraine: security service

The Georgian national, known as Al Bara Shishani, was previously deputy to top IS commander Omar al-Shishani "Omar the Chechen", ...

The New Arab

IS spokesman killed in north Syria airstrike

The Islamic State group's spokesman was killed Sunday in northern Syria shortly after the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was announced ...

Lebanon burns with hope and fury

Nizar Hassan

Lebanon burns with hope and fury

Comment: A week of wildfires and angry protest has brought out the very worst in Lebanese politics, and the very best in its people, writes ...

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

Amr Salahi

Turkey, the Kurds and the demographic re-engineering of Syria

The start of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in Syria brings with it fears of demographic change. Both Turkey and its Syrian Kurdish ...

Germany urges 'restraint' after Turks and Kurds clash

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Germany urges 'restraint' after Turks and Kurds clash

The clashes happened as around 350 people marched through the western city of Herne on Monday protesting Turkey's offensive in ...

The deadly toll of US indifference in Syria

James Snell

The deadly toll of US indifference in Syria

Comment: From inaction over regime use of chemical weapons, to a callous abandonment of the Kurds, US policy in Syria is a riot of indifference, ...

The New Arab

Six killed in Syria's Aleppo, following 'YPG shelling'

Shelling has killed at least six people in Aleppo province.

The New Arab

Syrian regime takes over Manbij as US troops withdraw

The US-led coalition confirms that its forces have withdrawn from Manbij as the Syrian regime takes 'full control' of the city.

The New Arab

US-backed international coalition attacks Syrian regime convoy near Raqqa

The international coalition targeted a convoy of Syrian regime forces in the western countryside of Raqqa, northwest of Syria.

Adi Smajić & Paul McLoughlin

Revealed: Turkey's plan to capture northern Syria from Kurds

In-depth: Syrian fighters are poised to launched a third Turkish-backed offensive in northern Syria.

EU concerned Turkey's Syria operation could trigger refugee crisis

The New Arab

EU concerned Turkey's Syria operation could trigger refugee crisis

A threat by Turkey to send its troops into northeast Syria might provoke a new wave of refugees to Europe, the European Union warned.

The New Arab & agencies

Europeans fear IS comeback after Trump pullback from Syria

European powers warned against a threatened Turkish offensive in northern Syria, saying the move, which has been facilitated by a US pullout, ...

Lebanese landowners establish <em>Syrian</em> cemetery following child’s exhumation

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Lebanese landowners establish Syrian cemetery following child’s exhumation

Lebanese landowners in the northern town of Assoun have donated land to establish a cemetery for Syrians following the exhumation of a deceased ...

Iran 'greater than its borders', says high-ranking cleric

The New Arab & agencies

Iran 'greater than its borders', says high-ranking cleric

Iran is not limited by its borders as it has proxies across the Arab region, high-ranking cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda said during a Friday ...

Syria Weekly: Iran controls the ground, Israel the skies

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Iran controls the ground, Israel the skies

A new wave of airstrikes have been unleashed on Syria, including the far-east, highlighting Israel's control of the country's airspace.

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