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World Jan 21ISIS suicide bomb targets U.S. convoy in northeastern Syria
There were no casualties among the U.S.-led coalition members, according to the U.S. military. Monday's bombing came days after a suicide attack killed 19 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in the northern Syrian town of…
World Jan 162 U.S. service members, 2 U.S. civilians killed in Syria explosion
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rare morning attack in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij in northern Syria, saying one of its members carried out a suicide attack and detonated his vest filled with explosives.
World Dec 25Syrian state media reports a missile attack near Damascus
Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said.
World Jul 03Syrian group uncovering Islamic State mass graves needs help, watchdog says
Activists working to uncover mass graves in northeastern Syria — a region until recently controlled by the Islamic State group — need help to preserve evidence and identify human remains, an international watchdog said Tuesday.
World Jun 28Hundreds of Syrians leave Lebanon for long-awaited reunions
Hundreds of displaced Syrians left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland Thursday in a repatriation that will reunite them with relatives they have not seen for years. But many of them also are leaving behind loved ones who are staying in…
World May 06Lebanon holds first general elections in 9 years
Tens of thousands of Lebanese cast their ballots Sunday in the first parliamentary elections in nine years, a vote that is being fiercely contested between rival groups backed by regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia.
World Apr 30Missile strikes in Syria kill over a dozen, most of them Iranians
A missile attack on government outposts in northern Syria killed more than a dozen pro-government fighters, many of them Iranians, a war monitoring group and an Iranian news agency said Monday. The strikes came amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies…
World Apr 14Syrians gather in capital in defiance after airstrikes
Immediately after the attack, hundreds of residents gathered in Damascus' landmark Omayyad square, celebrating what they said was the army's success in shooting down or derailing some of the missiles.
World Mar 24Thousands expected to leave second pocket in Syria’s Ghouta
Some 7,000 members of a rebel group and their relatives were preparing to leave eastern Ghouta to opposition-held areas north of the country Saturday.
World Mar 22Defeated rebels begin leaving enclave near Syrian capital
Carrying their light arms, hundreds of defeated rebels began evacuating with their families Thursday from a devastated town in eastern Ghouta, an effective surrender under a deal with the government after a long siege and bombing campaign of the enclave…