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Syria army says it holds fifth of key desert territory

Syria army says it holds fifth of key desert territory

The desert, known as the "Badiya", extends over some 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 square miles) from central Syria to the borders with Iraq and Jordan to the east and southeast.
 

Car bomb explodes in Syria's Homs - state TV

Blast killed three people in the al-Zahraa neighbourhood of the Homs, which lies around 160 km (100 miles) north of the capital.

Russia had information about US planning to launch new missile strikes on Syria: Vladimir Putin

Russia had information about US planning to launch new missile strikes on Syria: Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had information that the United States was planning to launch new missile strikes on Syria, and that there were plans to fake chemicals weapons attacks there.

Kremlin says Syrian gas attack 'unacceptable' but US data on it not objective

Kremlin says Syrian gas attack 'unacceptable' but US data on it not objective

The Kremlin on Thursday called a deadly poison gas attack in Syria`s Idlib province earlier this week a "monstrous crime," but said Washington`s conclusions about the incident were not based on objective data.

Iraq airstrikes kill dozens of militants near Syria border

The strikes hit three IS targets in Baaj, a remote northwestern town near the Syrian border, and killed between 150-200 militants. 

All Syrian sides confirm will attend peace talks: United Nations

Syrian government and rebel delegations have confirmed their attendance at peace talks set to resume in Geneva this week, the United Nations said on today, despite renewed fighting around Damascus.

Report accuses Syria of 'slaughter' of people trapped by war

The Syrian government committed "slow-motion slaughter" of unknown numbers of Syrians trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas by wilfully denying them food and health care, according to a new report today from a civil rights group.

Syrian government says ready for prisoner swaps with rebels

Syrian rebels cast doubt on Monday that they would attend Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan this week, accusing Moscow of failing to get Damascus to fully comply with a ceasefire deal or release any prisoners.

21 civilians 'executed' by rebels in Aleppo

21 civilians 'executed' by rebels in Aleppo

"The bodies were found in prisons run by the terrorist groups in Sukkari and al-Kalasseh, and they were found to have been executed by gunshot at very close range," Aleppo's forensic unit Zaher Hajjo said.

Aleppo crisis: Evacuation halted as blasts heard at site where civilians are fleeing the Syrian city

Aleppo crisis: Evacuation halted as blasts heard at site where civilians are fleeing the Syrian city

Syria's government and rebels have accused each other of violating terms of an already shaky ceasefire.

Syrian government says it rejects ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel remains

Syrian government says it rejects ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel remains

The Syrian government said no ceasefire in Aleppo if rebel factions remain in the city.

Syrian opposition says airstrike kills 10 civilians

Syrian opposition says airstrike kills 10 civilians

The United Nations said up to 16,000 people have already been displaced in recent days of fighting.

France to convene Syria meeting after Assad, allies launch ''total war''

France to convene Syria meeting after Assad, allies launch ''total war''

"France is taking an initiative to confront the strategy of total war by the regime and its allies, who are taking advantage of the uncertainty in the United States," Ayrault said.

Syria army urges rebels to quit Aleppo, let civilians out

Syria army urges rebels to quit Aleppo, let civilians out

The military airdropped leaflets with a picture of a green coach like those used in the past to transport civilians and rebels from areas retaken by the government.

Syrian government battles rebels for key Aleppo district

Syrian government forces were battling rebels for control of a strategically significant district of Aleppo on Tuesday, in what could be the most important advance in the divided city by Damascus and its allies in several weeks.

Raids set rebel areas of Syria's Aleppo ablaze as fighting rages

Raids set rebel areas of Syria's Aleppo ablaze as fighting rages

An AFP correspondent in the rebel-held east of the city reported that his entire street had been in flames following the pre-dawn strikes.

Syria truce teeters on brink after US-led raid kills troops

Syria truce teeters on brink after US-led raid kills troops

The ceasefire's co-sponsors, Russia and the United States, have traded accusations over the fraying deal, with relations strained even further after the US-led raid killed scores of Syrian soldiers on Saturday. 

Syria truce extended, but aid deliveries still on hold

Syria truce extended, but aid deliveries still on hold

US State Department said that US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov agreed to prolong the ceasefire which began on Monday.

Syria regime accepts US-Russia truce as opposition wavers

Syria regime accepts US-Russia truce as opposition wavers

The landmark deal, reached after marathon talks in Geneva yesterday, could also lead to the first joint military operations by Moscow and Washington against jihadists.

Syria regime cuts off rebel-held Aleppo, renewing siege: Monitor

Syria regime cuts off rebel-held Aleppo, renewing siege: Monitor

A Britain-based monitor, said government forces backed by Syrian and Russian air strikes had now severed the alternate route into the rebel east that opposition forces opened up in August.