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CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after extremist attack

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major extremist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that

Aoun, Hariri’s Hezbollah comments lay bare Lebanon’s political divide

Lebanon’s Prime Minister called Hezbollah’s arms illegitimate on Tuesday after its President said the group’s military wing was vital to its security, spelling out the country’s political divisions more clearly than at any time since they took office. A staunch

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

Assad rejects safe zones, hails US fight against terror

President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by US President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday. He signaled he

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,

Syrian army chips away at ISIS on several fronts

Syrian troops and allied militia on Sunday chipped away at territory held by ISIS militants on several fronts across the country, state media and a monitoring group said. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have doubled down against ISIS in

Warplanes kill 12 fighters in Syria’s Idlib

Air strikes killed at least 12 extremist rebel fighters in Idlib province in northwestern Syria on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Unidentified warplanes struck positions for the hardline extremist Jund al-Aqsa group southeast of Idlib city, near

Syrian army will press on against ISIS near Aleppo

The Syrian army signaled on Thursday it would press on with operations against ISIS northeast of Aleppo, in a veiled warning to Turkey which backs a separate military campaign in northern Syria. Syrian government forces have rapidly driven ISIS back

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 musician in limbo after travel ban

Kinan Azmeh

A Syrian musician who was allowed to legally immigrate to the United States on account of his “extraordinary” abilities, and who recently toured with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is now wondering whether he can return to his Brooklyn home. Kinan

Extremists, rebels in heavy clashes in northwest Syria

Extremists from al Qaeda’s former Syria branch and rebels who have recently joined forces against them fought in heavy clashes in the northwest of the country on Friday, a rebel official and a monitoring group said. Fighting between Jabhat Fateh

Lebanon foils bomber in Beirut’s Hamra district

Lebanese soldiers arrested a would-be suicide bomber inside a crowded cafe in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the capital Beirut on Saturday night, security sources said. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a man wearing an explosive

Turkey, Russia and Iran to discuss Syria in Moscow

Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a meeting in Moscow on December 27 to try to find a solution to the five-year conflict in Syria, Ankara said on Wednesday. “We are striving to secure a ceasefire throughout the country and

UN: Aleppo risks becoming ‘one giant graveyard’

A top UN envoy on Wednesday pleaded with the Security Council to help break the siege of Aleppo, warning that residents of the Syrian city were at risk of extermination. “For the sake of humanity we call on — we

Lebanon’s Aoun looks to revive ties with Saudi Arabia

Newly-elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun has said he looks forward to reviving and consolidating ties with Saudi Arabia. The news comes shortly after Saudi Arabia’s Prince Khaled al-Faisal invited Aoun to visit Saudi. Al Faisal, governor of Makkah and an

Syrian govt rejects UN proposal on eastern Aleppo

The Syrian government refused the UN envoy’s latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo on Sunday, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the rebel-held east in exchange for calm. UN envoy Staffan de

All East Aleppo hospitals out of action: officials

All hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo are out of service after days of heavy air strikes on the besieged area of the Syrian city, its health directorate said late on Friday but a war monitor said some were still working.

US-led coalition raid ‘kills 20 civilians’ near Syria’s Raqqa

A US-led coalition air strike killed 20 civilians, including two children, overnight in a village near the ISIS group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a monitor said Wednesday. The coalition confirmed that it had carried out strikes in the area, but

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