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Syrian opposition slams Assad’s ‘bloody message’

Mohamed Aloush.

The Bashar al-Assad regime is sending a “bloody” message ahead of the Geneva talks by intensifying attacks against the opposition-controlled areas, Syrian opposition’s Higher Negotiations Council (HNC) said. According to the HNC, Assad’s regime forces have neither honored the agreed

Syria’s Assad says Trump travel ban ‘not against Syrian people’

Syria’s President Assad said that US President Donald Trump’s efforts to ban Syrian nationals from entering the United States were “not against the Syrian people”, in an interview with French broadcasters that aired on Thursday. “It’s against the terrorists that

Syria talks in Astana ‘to be held behind closed doors’

Kazakhstan said Tuesday that a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place behind closed doors, as the make-up of any rebel delegation remained unclear. The “closed format” negotiations are

Pro-Ankara rebels, Syria regime ‘agree security line’ in al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have created a security corridor to avoid clashes in the battle to capture the flashpoint town of Al-Bab from ISIS militants, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. If confirmed, it would mark a

Syrian opposition to boycott Astana over Russian ‘breaches’

Syrian opposition official said that the opposition delegation will not attend the talks in Kazakhstan this week due to Russia not committing to what was agreed upon at the previous meeting. A second opposition official said that the “the Syrian

Syrian govt forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo

Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday. The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of

Syrian government says ready for prisoner swaps with rebels

The Syrian government said on Monday it was ready to agree prisoner swaps with rebel groups, a potential confidence-building measure as the United Nations prepares to convene new peace talks. The Syrian opposition has long demanded a release of detainees

Amnesty to Assad: ‘Reveal the truth about executions’

Amnesty International responded on Monday to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s dismissal of the recent report published by the organization on the mass hangings and executions at Syria’s Seydnaya military prison. “In his interview [with Yahoo News] President Bashar al-Assad repeatedly

Turkish army, Syrian rebels escalate assault on ISIS-held city

Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces have seized control of strategically important hills around the ISIS-controlled town of al-Bab, Turkey’s military said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that 58 ISIS militants were killed in air strikes,

Syria’s Assad views Trump as ‘promising’ on ISIS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US President Donald Trump prioritizing the fight against militants led by ISIS was promising although it was too early to expect any practical steps, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. The Kremlin, Assad’s most

Air strikes hit Syria’s rebel-held Idlib city, 15 dead

At least 15 people died in air strikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Tuesday, in some of the heaviest raids there in months, residents and a rescue worker said. Around eight attacks by what were believed to

Syria carried out mass hangings at military prison

The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Amnesty said the executions took place between 2011 and 2015, but

Amnesty: Up to 13,000 executed at Syria jail in 4 years

The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Amnesty said the executions took place between 2011 and 2015, but

Syrian militias see more US support for ISIS fight, plan new phase

The US-led coalition against ISIS has boosted support for its Syrian allies since President Donald Trump took office, supplying armored vehicles for the first time as they prepare to launch a new phase in their campaign for Raqqa, a spokesman

Syrian rebels set to leave Wadi Barada for Idlib

Syrian armed opposition fighters have begun preparation to leave with their relatives Wadi Barada and head to northern Syria, as part of an agreement between militant factions and regime forces. Video footage obtained by Reuters shows about 20 buses in

Syrian regime ‘retakes control’ of Wadi Barada

The Syrian army said on Sunday that it had recaptured a flashpoint area from rebels near Damascus that supplies water to the capital. Wadi Barada had been the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks between regime and rebel forces

Opposition denies army grabs Syria water spring

Syrian government forces entered the village of Ain al-Fija near Damascus on Saturday and took control from rebels of a spring and pumping station that supply most of the capital’s water, a military media unit run by Lebanese group Hezbollah

US lawmaker says she met Assad on secret Syria trip

The US congresswoman who made a recent secret trip to war-torn Syria said Wednesday she met there with President Bashar al-Assad as part of her effort to end the years-long conflict. House Democrat Tulsi Gabbard this month traveled to Damascus

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