U.S.-backed militias claim big advance against IS in Syria's Tabqa

BEIRUT U.S.-backed militias said on Sunday they had made a big advance in Tabqa, a strategically vital town controlling Syria's largest dam, in their campaign to drive Islamic State from its stronghold of Raqqa, 40km (25 miles) downstream.

Syrian rebel groups clash in besieged Damascus enclave

BEIRUT Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus entered a second day on Saturday while government forces pressed an offensive, a war monitor said.

World, 30 Apr 2017

WIDER IMAGE: Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

INKHIL, Syria Leaping over bombed roofs and jumping through damaged window frames, a group of teenagers run and swing their way through buildings left dilapidated by six years of war in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil.

Top News, World, 28 Apr 2017

U.S.-backed forces push against IS in slowed Raqqa campaign

BEIRUT U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic State in Syria took several neighbourhoods from the militant group in the town of Tabqa on Friday, they said in a statement, part of a campaign to oust Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.

World, 28 Apr 2017

At U.N., U.S. calls for pressure on Russia to try to end Syria war

UNITED NATIONS The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it faces a veto by Moscow.

World, 28 Apr 2017

Israel strikes arms depot near Damascus airport - sources

AMMAN/BEIRUT Israeli warplanes struck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said. | Video

Syrian refugee Olympic swimmer becomes UNHCR ambassador

GENEVA She escaped the bombs of Syria, and almost drowned when her dinghy capsized off Greece, but Yusra Mardini then competed at the Olympics and has now been appointed a U.N. goodwill ambassador to be a voice for people seeking shelter from war.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Jets bomb two hospitals in Syria's Idlib - medics, witnesses

AMMAN Jets believed to be Russian or Syrian hit two hospitals in rebel-held Idlib province on Thursday following several other strikes on medical facilities in northwestern Syria in recent weeks, residents, medical workers and activists said.

World, 27 Apr 2017

Syria enters French election debate as Le Pen aide questions intelligence report

PARIS A top aide of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen raised doubts on Thursday about a French intelligence report accusing Syria's leadership of a toxic gas attack, a position directly opposed by her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron.

World, 27 Apr 2017

UK could join U.S. action in event of new Syria chemical attack - Johnson

LONDON Britain would find it difficult to refuse a request for military assistance in Syria from the United States if President Donald Trump decided to take action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons use, foreign minister Boris Johnson said.

World, 27 Apr 2017

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Israel seen behind Damascus air strike

A huge airstrike hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, and Israel has come close to admitting it was behind it.