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Rami Abdulrahman said 43 members of the Syrian army and allied groups had also died, including 12 officers
Scores dead in intensified fighting in southern Syria

Sunday 15 February 2015 13:13

Intense clashes in southern Syria have killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, with forecasts of even fiercer violence to come as the weather clears.


Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

Friday 16 January 2015 09:00

The US military is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to help train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State.


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) talks to soldiers during a visit to Jobar, northeast of Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA.
Syria's Assad thanks troops

Thursday 1 January 2015 16:25

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited a district on the outskirts of Damascus and thanked soldiers fighting "in the face of terrorism".


Rocket fire kills 50 in Aleppo

Monday 2 June 2014 14:36

Syrian rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend, a monitoring group said on Monday.


Russia, China veto UN bid to refer Syria to ICC

Friday 23 May 2014 11:45

Russia and China vetoed on Thursday a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


At least 51 killed in Syrian government-held areas

Tuesday 29 April 2014 15:44

Car bombs and mortar attacks killed at least 51 people in Syrian government-held areas of Damascus and the central city of Homs on Tuesday.


Russia says Syria not using chemical arms

Friday 25 April 2014 14:03

Allegations that Syrian government forces have used toxic chemicals are false, Russia said on Friday.


Two die as mortar drops near opera house

Sunday 6 April 2014 13:48

Two people were killed when mortar fire hit the grounds of the Damascus Opera House in the Syrian capital, state media said on Sunday.


At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's 3 year civil war
More death tolls in Syria's civil war

Tuesday 1 April 2014 14:39

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's 3 year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.


Patriotic young Lebanese say the battle to stay is lost

Friday 28 March 2014 19:03

In both war and peace, Lebanon has always seen many of its ambitious youth leave for better opportunities.


Amnesty International's report on Sudan's situation includes first-hand testimony from the recent wave of victims
Sudan human rights situation dire

Sunday 23 March 2014 14:37

The human rights situation in Darfur remains dire, more than a decade after the start of the conflict in the western Sudan region.


Syrian forces enter rebel stronghold near Lebanese border

Saturday 15 March 2014 15:43

Syrian soldiers entered eastern districts of the town of Yabroud, the last rebel bastion near the Lebanese border north of Damascus, on Saturday and advanced towards the main street.


World powers responsible for failing to stop Syria war crimes - UN

Wednesday 5 March 2014 17:39

United Nations says say all sides in Syria's civil war are using shelling and siege tactics to punish civilians and big powers bear responsibility for allowing such war crimes to persist.


Syrian rebel, friend of al Qaeda leader, killed by rival Islamists

Monday 24 February 2014 06:59

A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack on Sunday.


Syrian Kurds take town from Islamists

Saturday 22 February 2014 19:46

A Kurdish group captured a town in Syria from Islamists on Saturday in a battle in which at least 28 fighters were killed, most of them Islamists.


This further backing from Tehran, along with deliveries of munitions and equipment from Moscow, is helping to keep Assad in power.
Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad

Friday 21 February 2014 14:52

As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops.


'Powerful new cluster bombs used in Syria'

Wednesday 19 February 2014 20:19

The Syrian military has begun targeting opposition areas with a new type of cluster munitions rockets which is larger and more powerful than others in its arsenal.


Brahimi apologizes to Syrian people for lack of peace progress

Saturday 15 February 2014 17:19

International mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress at peace talks in Geneva.


Al Qaeda splinter group executes 21 in Syria -report

Friday 14 February 2014 19:05

An al Qaeda splinter group in Syria executed at least 21 people including fighters from rival rebel groups and their relatives, a monitoring group said on Friday.


UN, Red Crescent resume Homs aid operation

Sunday 9 February 2014 15:56

Aid workers resumed humanitarian operations in Homs, Syria, on Sunday.


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