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Syrian rebel advance in Hama as army pushes in Aleppo

Thursday 29 September 2016 14:43

Syrian insurgents made new advances to capture villages north of Hama on Thursday.


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, addresses the United Nation Security Council during a high level meeting on Syria, at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York.
US slams Russian 'barbarism' in Syria

Sunday 25 September 2016 20:57

The United States on Sunday called Russia's action in Syria  "barbarism" not counter-terrorism while Moscow's UN envoy said ending the war "is almost an impossible task now".


Syria truce 'will not hold out' says senior rebel source

Saturday 17 September 2016 15:12

Vladimir Putin says he is "more positive than negative" over a shaky ceasefire in Syria, but a senior rebel in Aleppo warned the truce "will not hold out".


The Observatory said the army had started to withdraw from positions on the road, but that Russian troops, whose air force has helped Damascus blockade rebel-held Aleppo, had replaced it.
Syria ceasefire deal in balance as Aleppo aid plan stalls

Friday 16 September 2016 12:05

Russia said the Syrian army had begun to withdraw from a road into Aleppo on Thursday.


Turkish armoured personnel carriers drive towards the border in Karkamis on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern Gaziantep province, Turkey, August 27, 2016.
Turkish army thrusts deeper into Syria

Sunday 28 August 2016 19:21

Turkish warplanes roared into northern Syria at daybreak and its artillery pounded what security sources said were sites held by Kurdish YPG militia.


Footage taken aboard the USS Nitze of Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessels.
Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of US warship

Thursday 25 August 2016 16:20

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was unsafe and unprofessional.


Kurdish militia launches assault to evict Syrian army

Monday 22 August 2016 05:46

Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the north eastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender.


Russian helicopter downed in rebel-held Idlib province

Monday 1 August 2016 15:53

A Russian military helicopter carrying five people was shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Monday


US backed forces advance against Islamic State in Syria

Sunday 19 June 2016 07:10

US backed Syrian forces edged closer to an Islamic State stronghold on the border with Turkey while Russia's defence minister visited Bashar al-Assad to discuss military operations.


Dozens of US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

Friday 17 June 2016 05:42

US diplomats have signed a memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire.


Syrian and Russian war jets step up bombing of Aleppo city

Sunday 5 June 2016 15:03

Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Syria's Aleppo city on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, residents and a monitor said.


The Observatory said the air strikes targeted a number of positions in the city, one of them next to a hospital. Seven children were among the dead.
Death toll from Russian air strikes climbs in Idlib

Tuesday 31 May 2016 19:38

At least 23 people were killed in Russian air strikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities.


UN begins round of Syria peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday 13 April 2016 21:21

The latest round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria has started in Geneva.


Syrians vote for parliament as diplomacy struggles

Wednesday 13 April 2016 15:23

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad.


Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

Wednesday 30 March 2016 19:29

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said it would not be difficult to agree a new Syrian government including opposition figures.


Kremlin condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonising Russia

Thursday 17 March 2016 14:11

The Kremlin on Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting US presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it demonised Russia.


 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Russian peacekeepers to start withdrawing from Syria: Putin

Tuesday 15 March 2016 06:25

President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw.


Assad tells Putin his government will help with Syria ceasefire

Wednesday 24 February 2016 14:26

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that his government was ready to assist in implementing a ceasefire in Syria.


 A Syria Democratic Forces fighter walks under contrails made by US alliance air forces on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria.
Kerry issues warning as Syrian parties back halt to fighting

Wednesday 24 February 2016 07:00

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday.


Violence rages in Syria as Kerry, Lavrov reach deal on ceasefire

Monday 22 February 2016 05:19

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria.


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