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Jihadists kill 8 Syria troops near truce zone: monitor

Jihadists have killed at least eight Syrian government troops near a planned buffer zone around the country's last major rebel bastion, a monitor said on Saturday.
The shelling throws future of a deal to avoid a bloody government offensive on Idlib into uncertainty [Omar Haj Kadour-AFP]

SOHR: Shells fired from Syria buffer zone, soldiers killed

Rebel fighters have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwestern Syria, despite an apparent heavy arms pullout days earlier, according to a monitoring group.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C-R) attends the weekly cabinet meeting with Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (L) Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz (2nd-L), Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz (C-L) and Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman (R) at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, on September 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Sebastian Scheiner

After Damascus raid, Israel says working to keep weapons from foes

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours after Damascus said Israeli missiles targeted its airport.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 24, 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on July 9, 2018 be sworn in for a second mandate as Turkey's head of state after his election triumph last month, assuming sweeping powers granted under a new constitution, a presidential source said. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Turkey warns Europe of ‘new wave’ of Syrian refugees from Idlib

Turkey's presidential spokesperson has said a major offensive targeting Syria's northwestern province of Idlib could cause a new refugee crisis from Turkey to Europe.
A Syrian amputee practices walking in artificial limbs at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent facility, in the capital Damascus on July 15, 2018.At the Syrian Arab Red Crescent facility, patients of all ages try on their new prosthetics for size, as staff members carry in brand new artificial legs or arms from an nearby room. / AFP PHOTO / LOUAI BESHARA

In Damascus, war amputees walk again on Syrian-made prosthetics

Propped up by a mobility frame in a rehabilitation centre in Syria's capital, Abdulghani Ghayyana carefully inches forward on two artificial legs, as he walks for the first time in over a year.

North Korea selling weapons to Syria, Myanmar – UN report

North Korea has been selling weapons to the governments of Syria and Myanmar, and has been exporting banned materials such as coal, iron, and steel, a United Nations report has found.

Russian military helicopter crashes, kills two in Syria

A Russian military MI-24 helicopter had crashed in Syria on December 31, 2017, due to a technical fault, killing both pilots, Russian News Agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying on Wednesday.

Regime forces advance against jihadists in northwest Syria

Syrian regime forces advanced against jihadists Saturday on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last outside government control, a monitor and the state news agency said.

Syria forces not yet victorious but IS already defeated

Syria is expected to soon follow in Iraq's footsteps in proclaiming victory against the Islamic State group, whose fighters are either on the run or trapped and largely toothless.

Islamic State ‘executed’ 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians this month in the Syrian desert, a monitor said Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the jihadists see their "caliphate" collapse.

Israeli jets hit Hezbollah arms depots in Damascus – monitor

Israeli warplanes struck arms depots belonging to the Lebanese pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement near the Damascus Airport, a Monitoring Group said on Friday.

Israeli strike on military facility kills 2 soldiers – Syrian army

An Israeli airstrike hit a military facility in the central province of Hama during the night, killing two soldiers, the Syrian army said on Thursday.

IS clashes with Syrian regime kill 150

Fierce clashes between the Islamic State group and pro-regime forces in central Syria have left over 150 fighters dead in 24 hours, mostly jihadists, a monitor said Sunday.

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