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UAE to reopen its embassy in Damascus on Thursday

The embassy has been shut since the early months of the Syrian conflict which erupted in 2011.

Dec 27, 2018, 17:31 PM IST

US says Iran shows 'true colours' by restoring Hamas ties

Haley described the Hamas leader`s statement as a "stunning admission." Iran is subject to an arms embargo — with exceptions granted only in cases when it has received UN Security Council approval for imports or exports.

Aug 31, 2017, 23:58 PM IST

Pentagon chief warns Syria against using chemical weapons

"The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement," Mattis said.

Apr 21, 2017, 17:19 PM IST

Assad allies say US attack on Syria air base crosses 'red lines'

A joint command centre made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

Apr 10, 2017, 09:16 AM IST

Syrian army sends reinforcements to Hama province

The Syrian army is sending reinforcements to face a major rebel offensive in Hama province, a Syrian military source told Reuters on Wednesday, as insurgents pressed an attack in a western area critically important to President Bashar al-Assad.Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 22, 2017, 19:05 PM IST

Syrian opposition wants Geneva talks on political transition

The Syrian opposition wants face-to-face negotiations with the government about a political transition at peace talks that are due to begin in Geneva next week, a leading Syrian opposition politician said on Wednesday.

Feb 15, 2017, 17:54 PM IST

European government put 10 more people under sanctions over the crisis in Syria

European governments put 10 more people under sanctions over the crisis in Syria, targeting high-ranking military officials and senior figures linked to President Bashar al-Assad, the bloc said in a statement on Thursday.

Oct 27, 2016, 19:24 PM IST

Russia criticises Turkey's military operation in Syria for first time

Russia criticised for the first time the Turkish military operation in Syria, joined by militias opposing the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Sep 08, 2016, 03:24 AM IST

Syria opposition warns of Aleppo starvation amid siege fears

Hundreds of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas of Aleppo risk starvation.

Jul 12, 2016, 20:45 PM IST

Syrian President says ''real'' negotiations not on in Geneva

Assad made his remarks in his first address to the newly elected parliament, when he also congratulated lawmakers on an record turnout during the election in April.

Jun 07, 2016, 19:41 PM IST

Iran says US ally Saudi the real 'terrorism sponsor'

Ansari said Washington's support for Israel despite its decades-old occupation of the Palestinian territories made it the "biggest sponsor of state terrorism".

Jun 05, 2016, 17:14 PM IST

Russia pledges more Syria raids, opposition sets truce terms

Moscow pledged Saturday to continue backing the Syrian government in its fight against "terrorism", dashing hopes for a ceasefire the opposition said it would only back if the regime and its suppor

Feb 21, 2016, 09:20 AM IST

Syria peace talks hit trouble after Damascus blast kills 60

The United Nations is aiming for six months of negotiations, first seeking a ceasefire, later working toward a political settlement to the civil war.

Jan 31, 2016, 23:56 PM IST

Only a third of Russia's air strikes in Syria targeting IS: US official

Of the 5,000 air strikes carried out by Russia, about 70 percent hit rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, rather than supporting the efforts of the U.S-led coalition: US official. 

Jan 09, 2016, 20:11 PM IST

Assad needs to leave for stability in Syria: Obama

Obama said the long-term US goal was to to stabilise lawless regions so that IS does not have any safe haven.

Dec 19, 2015, 06:25 AM IST

UK's Syria strikes 'illegal', will encourage terror: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said terrorism is like a cancer which needed to be tackled with a "comprehensive" strategy, involving working with troops on the ground.

Dec 06, 2015, 20:40 PM IST

Russia critical of US plan to give rebels air cover in Syria

Russia on Monday criticised US plans to provide together with Turkey air cover for Syrian rebels, saying any support for rivals of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hampered Damascus` fight against Islamic State. 

Aug 03, 2015, 16:30 PM IST

Syria exiled opposition to snub Moscow peace talks

Syria`s exiled opposition announced Saturday that it had declined an invitation from Russia to attend peace talks in Moscow with representatives of President Bashar al-Assad`s government.

Mar 22, 2015, 02:57 AM IST

Syria`s Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US plans to train vetted rebels to fight the Islamic State group were "illusory" as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview published Monday.

Jan 26, 2015, 14:24 PM IST

20 killed in Syria mortar attack

At least 20 people were killed and many wounded Thursday evening when a mortar shell struck a gathering of President Bashar al-Assad supporters in the Daraa province, a pro-government radio reported.

May 23, 2014, 08:38 AM IST