At least 15 civilians, including children, have been killed in Syria's northwest region as Russian-backed government forces continued air raids and shelling in the last rebel-held territory in the country, according to activists and volunteer medics.

After the defeat of the “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State group still poses a security threat in many countries.

BEIRUT, April 26: The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, hundreds more than the number the U.S.-led coalition claims over the entire four-year campaign against IS, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday.

BEIRUT, April 20: Islamic State attacks on the Syrian army and allied militias in central Syria have killed 35 soldiers over two days, a war monitor said early on Saturday.

CAIRO, April 13: Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on Saturday, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said on Saturday.

DAMASCUS, March 29: At least 50 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Thursday by U.S.-led airstrikes on a caves area in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.

March 23: Islamic State fighters have been defeated at the final shred of territory they held in eastern Syria, marking the end of jihadist rule that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday.

BEIRUT, March 23: Islamic State has been defeated at its final shred of territory of Baghouz in Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Saturday, announcing the end of its self-declared “caliphate” that once spanned a third of Iraq and Syria.

DAMASCUS, March 19: The military commanders of Syria, Iran and Iraq discussed in the capital Damascus on Monday issues, including the coordination to counter terrorism, opening borders, and restoring all Syrian areas.

MOSCOW, March 17: Around 1.7 million Syrian refugees registered in foreign countries are hoping to return to their homeland, the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Refugee Migration Monitoring said Saturday.

BAGHOUZ, March 10: The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) paused military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants holed up in the group’s final enclave in eastern Syria, expecting more civilians to be evacuated from the area on Saturday, an SDF official said.

SYRIA, March 2: The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 8:50 p.m.Syrian activists and a war monitor say at least seven people have been killed in a suicide bombing inside a restaurant in the northwestern city of Idlib.

WASHINGTON, Feb 22: The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.

LONDON, Feb 20: Shamima Begum, a teenager who left London when she was aged 15 to join Islamic State in Syria, has had her British citizenship revoked, according to a letter sent to her family published by ITV News on Tuesday.

SARAJEVO, Jan 27: Toys, house keys and diaries hang suspended from the ceiling or sit on plain white pedestals at Sarajevo's War Childhood Museum in a simple tribute to the children living in the shadow of the war in Syria.

WASHINGTON, Jan 17: A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces.

SYRIA, Jan 16: Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, Jan 5 : The United States has no timeline to withdraw troops from Syria but does not plan to stay indefinitely, a senior State Department official said on Friday, a strong signal that forces could stay until the fight against Islamic State militants ends.

BAGHDAD, Dec 25: Iraqi political and militia leaders condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, and lawmakers said a meeting between Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi was cancelled due to a disagreement over venue.

WASHINGTON, Dec 24: The order to withdraw American troops from Syria has been signed, the US military said Sunday, after President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart agreed to prevent a power vacuum in the wake of the controversial move.

WASHINGTON, Dec 23: Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an administration exodus of experienced national security figures. McGurk described Trump’s decision as a “shock.”

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 : The Trump administration will withdraw all of the approximately 2,000 American troops in Syria, according to a U.S. official, as the White House declared victory Wednesday in the mission to defeat Islamic State militants there.

WASHINGTON, Nov 30: The leaders of the world’s twenty industrialized nations are arriving to Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires ahead of the upcoming G20 summit slated for November 30 – December 1.

BEIRUT, Nov 25: Shelling by insurgents wounded more than 100 people in a suspected toxic gas attack in Syria’s Aleppo, which a health official described as the first such assault in the city.

LISBON, November 24: The Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia) is allied with Washington, in carrying out the objective of regime change in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested after talks with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva on Saturday.

DAMASCUS, Nov 25: At least 50 civilians were being treated Saturday following a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebel groups on the government-held Aleppo city in the country’s north, according to reports in Syrian state media.

ISTANBUL, Oct 27: The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for a summit on Syria, where violence this week in the last remaining major rebel stronghold highlighted the fragility of a deal to avert a massive government offensive.

CAIRO, Sept 16: Syrians are electing their local councils during first municipal elections since the start of the lingering seven-year war. Polls have opened on Sunday shortly after an overnight airstrike hit Damascus airport.

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept 12: Footage, meant to serve as proof that the Syrian government has conducted a chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria, is to be handed to global news outlets by the end of Tuesday, the Russian military claims.

WASHINGTON, Sept 7: There is “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new U.S. adviser for Syria said on Thursday, as he warned of the risks of an offensive on the country’s last big rebel enclave.

US, Aug 31: The Syrian government is gearing up to liberate one of the last remaining strongholds of the jihadist opposition which has been ravaging the country for seven years. As the government has deposed the so-called rebel leaders from power in various cities in the country over the years, it has shipped them to Idlib.

MOSCOW, Aug 30: Syrian forces are gearing up to take the last terrorist stronghold, the US is boosting its military presence, and Russia is warning of a false-flag chemical attack. RT looks at the aligning of forces ahead of the battle for Idlib.

MOSCOW, Aug 29: A large supply of chemicals has been delivered to the militants in Syria’s Idlib with the assistance of the White Helmets aid group in order to stage a provocation and blame the Syrian government, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

MOSCOW, Aug 26: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that according to information received earlier in the day by the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation from local residents, foreign English-speaking specialists arrived in the Habit settlement, which is located in the south of the Idlib de-escalation zone, for the staging of a "chemical attack" using chlorine-filled missiles.

A plead for freedom

August 19, 2018 09:19 am

It was the start of the second group games of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The match was due to start at 11:45 NST. It was 11:15 PM, 30 minutes until play. In the meantime, I switched to the National Geographic. It was airing the documentary: “Unpublished - The fall of Syria and the rise of ISIS”.

MOSCOW, Aug 18: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin on Saturday to discuss the Syrian and Ukrainian crises, as well as issues regarding bilateral cooperation.

WASHINGTON DC, Aug 18: The US has ended funding for stabilization projects in Syria, as President Trump looks to withdraw from the long-running conflict. The move comes as allies step up their contributions.

SYRIA, Aug 17: The warning sent to Abdulkarim al-Ismail’s Facebook came just before the warplanes would fly overhead and dropped their load. He knew he had eight minutes at most to move his wife and two children down the basement.

This is a detailed summary of military and political developments in Syria since the start of the Russian military operation until now. (2015-2018)

MOSCOW, Aug 1: Iran, Russia and Turkey, as guarantor states for a peace process in Syria, have expressed their firm determination to counter any plot aimed at partitioning the Arab country."The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey confirmed their strong adherence to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria," Lavrentiev said.

MOSCOW, July 23: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov underlined the importance of helping Syria in the reconstruction of the country after the end of the crisis in it. Lavrov shed light on the importance of accelerating the return of the displaced Syrians to their homeland.

JORDON, July 22: Israel has evacuated some 800 members of the controversial Western-backed White Helmets from Syria to Jordan to be resettled later in the UK, Canada, and Germany, according to statements from Tel Aviv and Amman.

GENEVA, July 20: The United Nations refugee agency appealed to all sides in Syria on Friday to provide safe passage for 140,000 civilians displaced by fighting in the southwest so that they can receive aid and shelter.

THE HAGUE, July 11: A newly published report from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found no traces of any nerve agent at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma. However, mixed messages are being spread as “mainstream” corporate media outlets report that chlorine has been found.

BONN, July 11: The US-led coalition’s military intervention in Syria is under increasing levels of scrutiny, with critics arguing that the coalition has no mandate to conduct military operations in the Arab Republic as it doesn’t have Damascus’ approval to do so.

DAMASCUS, July 9: State news agency SANA confirmed the that a deal had indeed been reached between the Syrian army and the rebels. The Syrian army and rebels forces have stopped military operations after a Russian-backed deal was brokered enabling some 28,000 people to re-enter the region.

AMMAN, July 3: A regime offensive in southern Syria has forced more than 270,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Monday.

EUROPE, June 28: Lafarge is a French industrial company specializing in three major products: cement, construction aggregates, and concrete. The court is probing a case involving the Lafarge's Jalabiya plant, which operated in northern Syria between 2013 and 2014 when the territory was controlled by the Daesh* terrorist group.

Flavors of Syria

June 22, 2018 11:27 am

Sheriqi Bassel was born in Syria and he clearly remembers being surrounded by the rich Syrian food culture for most of his childhood. Sheriqi’s early memories are of his mother making authentic delicacies for him. He says his life back in Syria usually involved large family gatherings and lots of food. He has always been a food lover and enjoyed indulging in homemade food with his friends and family back home.

The US carried out war crimes in its four-month-long siege of the Syrian city of Raqqa last year, according to evidence gathered by Amnesty International and released in a report by the human rights group on Tuesday.