Syrian rebels seize historic town in south: Monitor

 Insurgents seized a historic town in southern Syria from the government on Wednesday, a group monitoring the war said, part of a rebel counter-attack to stop Damascus reclaiming the border zone near Israel and Jordan.

Iraqi foreign minister meets Syria`s Assad in Damascus

Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met Tuesday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the first visit by a senior Baghdad official since Syria`s conflict began in 2011. 

Syria says reclaims 120 looted antiquities from Palmyra ruins

Syria has retrieved more than 120 antiquities looted from cemeteries in the millennia-old oasis city of Palmyra following years of destruction and war pillaging, its director of museums said on Wednesday.

Syria air defence shoots down US drone: Report

Syria`s military has shot down a US drone over the coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, state media said on Tuesday.

John Kerry comments 'acknowledge Assad legitimacy': Syria media

US Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion that Washington must negotiate with the Damascus regime was recognition of President Bashar al-Assad's "legitimacy," Syrian media on Monday said.

Syria's Assad says awaiting 'action' after John Kerry comments

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday he was waiting for US "actions" after Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged talks with Damascus were necessary to end the country's conflict.

26 dead in Syria regime air raids near Damascus: Report

At least 26 people including seven children were killed and more than 100 wounded in Syrian government air strikes near the capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said.

18 dead in Syria regime air raids near Damascus: Monitor

At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 injured in Syrian government air strikes near the capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitor said.

Assad accuses Turkey's Erdogan of supporting extremist groups

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of supporting extremist groups in Syria, media reported.

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

 A UN envoy arrived in the Syrian capital Saturday for talks with the regime to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

UN envoy in Damascus to seek quick Aleppo truce

UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura hopes to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in war-ravaged second city Aleppo during talks Saturday with the Syrian government, an official said.

Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages

Faced with a seemingly unending bloody conflict in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State group, is President Bashar al-Assad the lesser of the country`s evils and should the West re-engage with him?

11 killed in Syria car bomb explosion

A car bomb exploded Friday in a town in the countryside of Syria`s capital Damascus, killing at least 11 people, a monitoring group reported.

Assad decries `isolation` in face of extremism: French lawmaker

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad no longer wants to "remain isolated in the face of the terrorist threat", one of the French lawmakers who met him in Damascus on a much-decried private trip said Friday.

US-led coalition strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

The US-led coalition carried out air strikes Thursday against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians.

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria: Monitor

Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday.

Six killed in fresh mortar attack in Syria

At least six people were killed and 10 others wounded by a fresh mortar attack against government-controlled districts of the country`s northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

UN envoy on Syria to brief Security Council on 'freeze' plan

The UN's special envoy for Syria is briefing the Security Council on Tuesday after angering Syrian opposition leaders last week with his comments that President Bashar Assad remains "part of the solution" in reducing violence in the nearly four-year conflict.

Syrian jets strike militants in Aleppo

 Syrian warplanes have carried out multiple airstrikes against militant positions in Aleppo.

Assad `part of the solution` in Syria: UN envoy

Any peaceful solution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday.