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The pending bloodletting in Syria may only be the end of the beginning

The pending bloodletting in Syria may only be the end of the beginning

Two impending battles in Syria may mark the end of major military operations in the civil war, but may not end the violence

  • by Nick O'Malley

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Air strike warning app helps Syrians dodge death
War

Air strike warning app helps Syrians dodge death

Air strikes have been a fact of daily life for millions of Syrians living in rebel-held areas. Finally they can tell when they're coming.

  • by Sarah Dadouch
US-backed forces launch major battle against Islamic State in Syria
War

US-backed forces launch major battle against Islamic State in Syria

US-backed forces have launched what they hope will be the final battle for territory in the four-year old war against the Islamic State.

  • by Liz Sly
Syria's fate: a bloodbath followed by a peace to end all peace
Opinion
Syria

Syria's fate: a bloodbath followed by a peace to end all peace

Assad's bloody victory in Syria now appears to be certain and the fate of civilians trapped in Idlib to be grim

  • by Nick O'Malley
Seventeen years after 9/11, al-Qaeda stronger in Syria and elsewhere
Syria

Seventeen years after 9/11, al-Qaeda stronger in Syria and elsewhere

Far from vanquishing the extremist group and its associated "franchises", critics say, US policies in the Middle East appear to have encouraged its spread.

  • by Nabih Bulos
Syria on notice of tougher response from US for chemical weapons
Syria

Syria on notice of tougher response from US for chemical weapons

US, Britain and France agreed that another use of chemical weapons by Syrian government would result in a "much stronger response", Trump's adviser said.

  • by Steve Holland
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Iran's foreign minister sends Jewish New Year greetings on Twitter
Iran

Iran's foreign minister sends Jewish New Year greetings on Twitter

Iran does not recognise Israel and warned last month it would hit US and Israeli targets if it were attacked by the United States.

Russia accuses US of using phosphorus bombs in Syria
Politics

Russia accuses US of using phosphorus bombs in Syria

Russia's military says two US F-15 fighter jets have dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria's Deir al-Zor province, an allegation denied by the US.

Airstrikes batter Syria's last rebel stronghold after cease-fire bid fails
Syria

Airstrikes batter Syria's last rebel stronghold after cease-fire bid fails

Observers said the violence was the most intense in weeks, with helicopters also dropping barrel bombs packed with shrapnel.

  • by Louisa Loveluck
Human rights activists outraged as Egypt court sentences 75 to death
Extremism

Human rights activists outraged as Egypt court sentences 75 to death

The mass trial has been widely condemned by organisations such as Amnesty International which called it a "grotesque parody of justice".

  • by Mohamed Ezz
After rejecting Turkey plea, Russia and Iran back offensive in Idlib
Syria

After rejecting Turkey plea, Russia and Iran back offensive in Idlib

Turkey used a summit on Friday to Turkey plead for a ceasefire to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster.

  • by Jon Gambrell