Assad calls on Syria's Druze minority to do military service
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called on the country's Druze community to do military service, days after members of the minority were released following a mass abduction in July by the Islamic State group.
IS suffers heavy Syria losses despite Kurd pause
At least 45 Islamic State group fighters have been killed around their last enclave in Syria despite a pause in a two-month Kurdish-led assault, a monitor said on Wednesday.
US-backed Syria force suspends anti-IS attacks after Turkey hits
A Kurdish-led force backed by a US-led coalition on Wednesday suspended operations against the Islamic State group and said they would not resume until Turkey halts its attacks on Kurdish militia posts in northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces, joint Arab-Kurdish units under Kurdish command, announced a "temporary halt" to their operation, launched in eastern…
Turkey shells US-backed Kurdish militia positions in Syria
Turkey's military on Sunday fired artillery shells at a Kurdish militia in Syria that is backed by the United States but deemed a terrorist group by Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
IS repels US-backed forces from east Syria holdout
The Islamic State group has ousted a US-backed coalition of Kurdish and Arab forces from its holdout in eastern Syria, killing dozens of fighters, a monitoring group said Sunday.
IS frees six Syria Druze women, children after three-month ordeal
The Islamic State group has released two women and four children among 27 surviving Druze hostages it seized during a deadly July attack on the minority community's heartland in southern Syria. State television broadcast footage of the six arriving in the city of Sweida on Saturday, joyful at being reunited with their families but haggard…
Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout
Rebels have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwest Syria, a monitor said Sunday, days after they were meant to have withdrawn such weapons from the area. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said rebels in the zone fired several "mortar shells at an army position in nearby Hama province,…
Key facts about world's chemical watchdog
The Netherlands said on Thursday it had expelled four Russians over a bungled plot to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Here are the key details about the world's chemical weapons watchdog: - What is the OPCW? - Founded in 1997, the OPCW based in The Hague oversees the application…
Three years of Russia strikes on Syria kill 18,000
More than 18,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, have been killed in Russian air strikes on Syria since Moscow began its game-changing intervention exactly three years ago, a monitor said Sunday. Russia, for its part, said its "accurate" strikes had killed 85,000 "terrorists". A steadfast ally of Syria's ruling regime, Russia began carrying out…
Russia boosts Syrian air defence after plane shot down
Moscow on Monday announced new security measures to protect its military in Syria, including supplying the Syrian army with a new S-300 air defence system and jamming radars of nearby warplanes following the downing of a Russian plane last week.
Israel expresses 'sorrow' for Russian deaths, blames Assad and Iran
Israel's military expressed "sorrow" Tuesday over the deaths of crew members of a Russian military aircraft accidentally downed by Syria during an Israeli strike and denied any direct involvement.