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Amid violation claims, Syria’s tenuous truce holds

A Syrian refugee is helped by volunteers to leave a sinking dinghy at a beach on the south-eastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Sunday. — AP

29 Feb 2016 6:17 AM

Series of bombings in Homs, Damascus kill 119

The site of double car bomb attack in Al-Zahraa neighbourhood of Homs in Syria on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)

22 Feb 2016 5:38 AM

Aid convoys to enter towns in ‘test’ for Syria truce

Convoys were to deliver aid to thousands of besieged Syrians Wednesday in what the United Nations has described as a test for the country’s warring sides ahead of a hoped-for ceasefire.

18 Feb 2016 4:24 AM

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says ceasefire plan ‘difficult’ to implement

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad poured cold water on an internationally-backed plan for a ceasefire to begin later this week, saying it would be “difficult” to implement.

17 Feb 2016 5:52 AM

Bashar al-Assad: Will retake whole nation, may take long time

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to retake the entire country but warned it could take a “long time,” in an interview that comes as international pressure grows for a ceasefire.

13 Feb 2016 3:33 AM


ISIS losing fighters to rival groups after pay cuts: report

US military officials estimate that IS has lost as much as 40% of the territory it held in Iraq and as much as 20% in Syria, it said.

08 Feb 2016 4:08 PM

Bombs kill 22 at army checkpoint in Syria's Homs

He said the two bombers appeared to have pulled up at the army checkpoint in a car together.

26 Jan 2016 2:43 PM

Rare Syrian evacuation as blasts hit Homs

A rare UN-backed deal between Syria’s warring sides saw hundreds of fighters and civilians evacuate three towns on Monday, as bomb blasts in the regime-held city of Homs killed at least 19 people.

29 Dec 2015 6:05 AM

‘US-led coalition bombs Syria troops’

Damascus claims ‘flagrant aggression’ by 4 coalition warplanes as 3 soldiers killed, 13 wounded

08 Dec 2015 6:17 AM

Turkish downing of Russian jet offers boost to Bashar al-Assad

Assad has long accused Ankara of 'terrorism'

27 Nov 2015 3:07 PM


Russian pilot’s dramatic rescue by Syrian forces

Syrian special forces launched an operation “behind enemy lines” to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.

26 Nov 2015 11:55 PM

France policy to blame: Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday that French policy had contributed to the “spread of terrorism” that culminated in atta-cks claimed by the ISIS group which killed 128 people in Paris

15 Nov 2015 2:09 AM

100 fighters dead in Syria in 24 hours

At least 100 soldiers and fighters were killed in northern Syria in just over 24 hours of fierce fighting earlier this week as pro-government forcesreached an airbase that had long been besieged by IS

12 Nov 2015 11:44 PM

Militants shell Syria's Aleppo, killing 7 and wounding 52

Insurgents shelled government-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo

15 Sep 2015 4:31 PM