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World May 10Why Syria’s Assad is setting his sights on Idlib
Idlib is once again a theater for bloody military operations: heavy bombardment, airstrikes and waves of civilian displacement.
World Apr 29Islamic State leader appears in video for first time in 5 years
Al-Bagdadi acknowledged that IS lost the war in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, which was captured last month by the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
World Jan 11U.S. official says withdrawal from Syria has begun
After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday that the withdrawal process has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or…
World Apr 22Syrian military pummels ISIS-held districts in Damascus
Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group.
World Apr 14Western airstrikes unlikely to impact Assad’s war machine
The Western airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities might have rained down punishment from the sky, but they will not fundamentally degrade a war machine whose main bases, weaponry and personnel remain in place.
World Apr 08Syrian government: Rebels to give up last Ghouta suburb
Syrian rebels agreed to give up their last foothold in the eastern suburbs of Damascus hours after an alleged gas attack killed at least 40 people.
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…
World Feb 23Death count rises in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus
Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing 32 people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death toll from the past week climbed…
World Dec 29Is the Russia-Turkey cease-fire deal a breakthrough?
Today's announcement comes days after government forces recaptured the northern city of Aleppo, scoring its most symbolic and strategic victory in the conflict.
World Oct 16U.S. continues to search for ground allies in Islamic State fight
WASHINGTON — Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That's a potentially serious…