Amid ceasefire, rescuers clear unexploded bombs in Syria's Deraa


BEIRUT With relative calm in southwest Syria since a ceasefire was reached in early July, civil defence services in rebel-held Deraa have shifted focus to clearing unexploded cluster bombs left by air strikes.

Syrian rebels reopen main border crossing with Turkey

AMMAN Syrian opposition groups have reopened the northwestern border crossing of Bab al-Hawa with Turkey after a week-long closure caused by rebel infighting that blocked the main conduit for goods into Idlib province.

World, 27 Jul 2017

Aleppo district shows Assad's delicate dance with Kurds

ALEPPO, Syria Kurdish fighters wearing the blue eagle insignia of the Asayish security force stopped the taxi entering the Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo, checking papers and searching for contraband. | Video

Top News, World, 27 Jul 2017

Hezbollah and rebels agree ceasefire at Lebanese-Syrian border

BEIRUT A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border where Lebanon's Hezbollah says it is on the verge of defeating Nusra Front militants in their last foothold at the frontier.

World, 27 Jul 2017

Eyeing Deir al-Zor, Syrian army advances on Islamic State town

BEIRUT Syrian government forces are nearing the last major town held by Islamic State (IS) in Homs province, part of their multi-pronged advance towards the jihadist group's strongholds in the east of the country, a military source said on Thursday.

World, 27 Jul 2017

Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to defeating Nusra Front militants in the battle along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

World, 27 Jul 2017

Exclusive: Group of nations urge U.N. Security Council to take action to ensure access for Syrian aid

GENEVA The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the U.N. Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

World, 26 Jul 2017

U.S. pledges extra $140 mln to Lebanon for Syrian refugees

BEIRUT The United States will give Lebanon an extra $140 million to help Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said during a U.S. state visit by Lebanon's Prime Minister.

World, 26 Jul 2017

Lebanon's Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

JUROUD ARSAL, Lebanon The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah's new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles.

World, 26 Jul 2017

Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step towards ending war

DAMASCUS Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a "start" towards ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters.

World, 25 Jul 2017

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Aleppo district shows Assad's delicate dance with Kurds

Inside the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, Kurdish banners flutter from the rooftops and President Bashar al-Assad's image is replaced by that of a Kurdish leader. While the Syrian government tolerates the enclave for now, tensions are simmering.