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Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

Raqqa to be part of "federal Syria", U.S.-backed militia says

BEIRUT Raqqa will be part of a decentralised federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

World, 20 Oct 2017

Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo

BEIRUT Iran's military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran's deep military role in Syria.

World, 20 Oct 2017

Iranian general, Assad discuss joint military strategy - report

BEIRUT Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.

World, 19 Oct 2017

U.S.-backed forces in Syria holding foreign Islamic State leaders

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias in Syria have detained senior foreign Islamic State leaders in months of fighting for Raqqa, but it is not yet clear if they will be repatriated after facing trial, a spokesman said on Thursday.

World, 19 Oct 2017

U.S.-backed campaign against IS in eastern Syria to speed up: SDF militia

BEIRUT A U.S.-backed campaign against Islamic State in eastern Syria will accelerate now the jihadist group has been defeated in its former capital Raqqa, a spokesman for U.S.-allied Syrian militias said on Wednesday. | Video

World, 19 Oct 2017

U.S., Russia set for likely U.N. row over Syria toxic gas inquiry

UNITED NATIONS The United States said on Wednesday it would push the United Nations Security Council to renew within days an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting the stage for a likely showdown with Russia.

Top News, World, 18 Oct 2017

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran's influence in Syria.

World, Israel 18 Oct 2017

Syrian army, allies advance against IS in Deir al-Zor city

BEIRUT The Syrian army and allied forces pushed into the remaining Islamic State-held districts of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria on Tuesday, a Hezbollah military media unit said.

World, 17 Oct 2017

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

JERUSALEM The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon.

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Fall of Raqqa poses new test for U.S. in Syria

While the fall of Raqqa to U.S.-backed forces is a major victory in the battle against Islamic State, the militant group is far from eradicated, not to mention the six-year-long Syrian civil war.