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Health Mar 23War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case is confirmed
The arrival of the global pandemic in Syria as well as the Gaza Strip has raised concerns it could run rampant in some of the most vulnerable areas in the Middle East.
World Feb 2729 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria airstrike
The casualties mark the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since Ankara first intervened in Syria in 2016.
World Feb 27Syrian opposition fighters retake key town from government
The retaking of Saraqeb which sits on the highway is a setback for Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces who have scored major gains in a weeks long Russian-backed campaign in the last rebel stronghold in Idlib province.
World Feb 11Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter as fighting intensifies
The violence in Idlib province came as government troops moved closer to capturing the last rebel-controlled section of a strategic highway linking southern and northern Syria, which would bring the road under the full control of President Bashar Assad's forces…
World Feb 10Turkey retaliates against Syrian forces, killing 5
Turkey has said they retaliated against rebel backed Kurdish forces that killed 5 of their soldiers and wounded five more Monday.
World Feb 08Syrian troops gain territory in push to control key highway
The weekslong government offensive has created a humanitarian crisis with about 600,000 people fleeing their homes in Syria's last rebel stronghold since the beginning of December, according to the United Nations.
World Jan 05Iraq vote, Hezbollah threat leveled at US troops in Mideast
The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq's parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military across the region “will pay…
World Jan 03Iraqi militant killed in U.S. strike worked with Iran for decades
Al-Muhandis was the deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite paramilitaries.
World Jan 02Interpol issues wanted notice to Lebanon for ex-Nissan executive
Interpol issued a wanted notice Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in an escape that has baffled and embarrassed authorities.
World Dec 24Syrian army captures village and a missile kills 8 civilians
Government forces also captured a key village held by al-Qaida insurgents in the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country.