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Syria: Country in Western Asia
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunni make up the largest religious group in Syria.

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U.S.-backed fighters say operation at last Islamic State enclave not over

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria on Thursday and denied a report the jihadists had been finally..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed force denies report of Islamic State's final defeat

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured after a Kurdish media outlet said the jihadist group had been..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Syria

Pompeo confers with Israel on Hezbollah before Lebanon trip [Video]Pompeo confers with Israel on Hezbollah before Lebanon trip

The U.S. Secretary of State described Hezbollah as a risk to Middle East stability ahead of his visit to Beirut. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

Trump Says ISIS Fighters Tied To Syria Suicide Bombing Of Americans Were Killed [Video]Trump Says ISIS Fighters Tied To Syria Suicide Bombing Of Americans Were Killed

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. forces killed the militants responsible for the January bombing in Syria that killed four Americans.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 00:27Published

Trump: ISIS 'Gone By Tonight' [Video]Trump: ISIS 'Gone By Tonight'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday repeatedly touted two maps he said showed the Islamic State's diminished areas of control over time in Syria, saying the militant group would be defeated very soon.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 00:17Published

Tears of joy: Military dad surprises son [Video]Tears of joy: Military dad surprises son

It was a tearful reunion in Lebanon, Tennessee on Tuesday when Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Rob Cesternino, who'd just served ten months in Jordan and Syria, surprised his blindfolded, 9-year-old..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:42Published

Trump maps out fall of ISIS under Trump [Video]Trump maps out fall of ISIS under Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday held up a map that he says shows Islamic State's presence in the mideast when he first became president and what it looks like today. He said there is 'one more..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

Finland named the happiest country in the world [Video]Finland named the happiest country in the world

For a second year running Finland is the world's happiest country according to an annual survey issued on Wednesday by a United Nations-affiliated group. Francesca Lynagh reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:50Published

First funerals for New Zealand mosque attack victims [Video]First funerals for New Zealand mosque attack victims

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" but were killed in the New Zealand mosque attack were buried on Wednesday. Theirs were the first two funerals for..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published

In rebel-held Syria soccer teams in league of their own [Video]In rebel-held Syria soccer teams in league of their own

Syrian footballers who represented a number of local teams before the war now hold competitions of their own in rebel-held areas away from the Syrian football federation in Damascus. Emily Wither..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:48Published

Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally [Video]Iran Demands U.S. Leave Syria, Damascus Threatens Its Ally

According to Reuters, Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, as the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington’s Kurdish allies by force...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria [Video]US Denies Report About Leaving Nearly 1,000 Troops in Syria

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called The Wall Street Journal's reporting "factually incorrect."

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:09Published

NGOs slam European Union over treatment of Syrian refugees [Video]NGOs slam European Union over treatment of Syrian refugees

In an open letter to European leaders, 25 NGOs have accused the Union of trapping refugees in “unsustainable, ineffective and dangerous” conditions.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:36Published

Syria’s war reaches eight years of violence and suffering [Video]Syria’s war reaches eight years of violence and suffering

Eight years after the Syrian rebellion began, the fighting continues and the government has shown no indication of meeting any of the demands for reform that started the protests in 2011.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:02Published

Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance [Video]Hundreds surrender in last IS enclave, SDF advance

Islamic State militants along with women and children surrendered in the hundreds to U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as the jihadists lost ground in their last shred of territory. Mia..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Europe Secures Over $7 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria [Video]Europe Secures Over $7 Billion in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

The financial pledges will help people in Syria, as well as the neighboring countries that are taking in Syrian refugees.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Syrian regime steps up attacks in southern Idlib [Video]Syrian regime steps up attacks in southern Idlib

The latest air raids threaten the 2018 Sochi agreement which established a de-escalation zone in the area.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Why ISIS Bride Hoda Muthana Should Face Justice In The U.S. [Video]Why ISIS Bride Hoda Muthana Should Face Justice In The U.S.

Hoda Muthana, born and raised on U.S. soil, was only 20-years-old when she decided to withdraw from the University of Alabama in 2014 and make her way to Syria to join ISIS. Now, 24, with a..

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 03:29Published

SDF Says Jihadists Surrendering By The Hundreds After U.S.-Backed Assault [Video]SDF Says Jihadists Surrendering By The Hundreds After U.S.-Backed Assault

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, Syrian Democratic Forces said that Islamic State militants accompanied surrendered by the hundreds as the jihadists lost ground to a US-backed assault..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Syria: Thousands Of Isis Troops Surrender In Last Stronghold [Video]Syria: Thousands Of Isis Troops Surrender In Last Stronghold

According to CNN, More than 3,000 ISIS fighters have surrendered amid a pitched battle by US-backed forces to retake the last ISIS stronghold in Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman claimed by..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:31Published

Long recovery for Syria's battle-scarred towns [Video]Long recovery for Syria's battle-scarred towns

As the eighth anniversary of the Syrian civil war arrives this week, the battered streets of certain areas attest to the long road ahead for Syria's war-smashed towns and cities. Francesca Lynagh..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Hundreds Surrender After Overnight Rocket Bombardment Of Final Islamic State Enclave [Video]Hundreds Surrender After Overnight Rocket Bombardment Of Final Islamic State Enclave

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that Islamic State faced imminent defeat in its final enclave after hundreds of jihadist fighters and their..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Rockets pound Islamic State's last enclave [Video]Rockets pound Islamic State's last enclave

Islamic State's final enclave in eastern Syria was pounded with air strikes and artillery on Monday in a U.S.-backed assault aimed at wiping out the last shred of its territorial rule that once spanned..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

SDF Says Assault On Islamic State As Good As Over After Overnight Bombing [Video]SDF Says Assault On Islamic State As Good As Over After Overnight Bombing

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said that the offensive to capture Islamic State's final enclave was nearly over, after ferocious bombardments..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Frenchman jailed for life in Jewish museum attack [Video]Frenchman jailed for life in Jewish museum attack

French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche was sentenced to life in jail on Tuesday for shooting dead four people in a Jewish museum in 2014, after an eight-hour long deliberation of the jury on the length of his..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:02Published

US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout [Video]US-backed SDF make 'modest advances' on final ISIL holdout

Kurdish-led forces move slowly into eastern Syrian village amid ISIL sniper fire, landmines, SDF commander says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:51Published

 

End of ISIS appears near as battleground in Syria falls silent

President Trump showed off two maps of Syria on Wednesday, one from Election Day 2016, with ISIS-held territory marked in red. The other shows what remains. Charlie D'Agata is with U.S.-backed forces..
CBS News - Published

No ISIS flags flying as far as the eye can see in eastern Syria

After weeks of fighting, the end appears near for ISIS fighters inside eastern Syria
CBS News - Published

‘Gone by Tonight’: Trump, Maps in Hand, Predicts the Collapse of ISIS

President Trump updated an earlier assertion that the territory held by the group in Syria was “100 percent” reclaimed, despite reports of continuing fighting.
NYTimes.com - Published

Despite Washington talks, France still unclear over U.S. Syria plans: Le Drian

France, one of the main contributors to the fight against Islamic State in the Middle East, has received no answers to questions about U.S. calls for it and others to help secure northeastern Syria,..
Reuters - Published

Battle for last Islamic State enclave edges toward its end

The operation to take Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria looked close to an end on Wednesday, with no sign of clashes as U.S.-backed fighters said they were combing the area for hidden..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed fighters clear area around last Islamic State Syria pocket: SDF official

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) conducted clearing operations on Wednesday after taking most of the last Islamic State pocket in east Syria, an official with the U.S.-backed militia said.
Reuters - Published

Clearing operations underway around last IS Syrian outpost, no clashes: SDF

An official with U.S.-backed fighters said there was calm and no clashes at Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, after pushing the jihadists from it on Tuesday into a sliver of..
Reuters - Published

Anticipating victory over ISIS, U.S. allies celebrate early

U.S.-backed Syrian forces leading the offensive celebrated as hundreds of militants surrendered overnight. Charlie D'Agata reports from Baghouz, Syria.
CBS News - Published

Islamic State fighters pinned on Syrian riverbank, warplanes fly above

Warplanes flew near Baghouz in eastern Syria early on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said, as the final remnants of the Islamic State group held a narrow strip of land along the Euphrates in a last-ditch..
Reuters - Published

Syrian father, son remembered as New Zealand holds first funerals for shooting victims

The funerals of Khalid Mustafa, 44, and Hamza Mustafa, 15, came five days after a proclaimed white supremacist gunned down 50 worshippers.
USATODAY.com - Published

Father and son, 15, are first mosque shooting victims buried

Khalid Mustafa and Hamza Mustafa fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world"
CBS News - Published

Fighting in Syria continues as ISIS close to defeat

ISIS seemed to admit that it is close to losing its last stronghold in Syria. Yet, the fighting continues. Charlie D'Agata reports from inside Syria.
CBS News - Published

Russian defense minister flies to Syria, hands to Assad message from Putin

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Syria on Tuesday where he handed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the defense ministry said.
Reuters - Published

Battle ongoing for Islamic state's last Syria enclave: SDF spokesman

The battle for Islamic State's final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria is ongoing and clashes continue, Mustafa Bali, the head of the media office of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic..
Reuters - Published

Close look at ISIS' last stronghold in Syria

The battle to clear ISIS from its last stronghold in Syria entered a critical new phase. For more than two months, Charlie D'Agata has been reporting from the frontlines of eastern Syria where..
CBS News - Published

New video shows ISIS resigned to defeat in Syria

"We did everything we could," militant in last tiny enclave held by terror group says in video, but America's battlefield allies aren't declaring victory yet
CBS News - Published

U.S.-backed forces capture Syria suspects tied to American deaths: sources

U.S.-backed forces have captured Islamic State fighters tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed four Americans, U.S. officials say, generating concrete leads for Washington about the..
Reuters - Published

Fighting against last IS resistance continues

Fighting in the Syrian village of Baghouz, the last IS-held pocked in the country, continued on Tuesday. A spokesman says U.S.-backed forces took control of an encampment that IS extremists have held..
USATODAY.com - Published

Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon'

U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to capturing Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Tuesday after seizing the jihadists' camp at Baghouz, though clashes..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says captures Islamic State camp but fight not over

U.S.-backed fighters said they took a big step towards eradicating Islamic State's last territorial possession in eastern Syria on Monday, seizing the jihadist camp at Baghouz and cornering remaining..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF detains hundreds of wounded Islamic State fighters

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) detained hundreds of wounded Islamic State militants on Tuesday when they captured a camp where the jihadists had been holed up in their final enclave in..
Reuters - Published

Islamic State to be defeated in Syria enclave 'very soon': SDF official

The last remaining Islamic State militants holed up in their enclave at Baghouz in Syria will be defeated "very soon", an official with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

Clashes still raging in last Islamic State enclave: SDF official

Clashes are still ongoing in the final Islamic State enclave at Baghouz and the jihadists are still holding some families as human shields, a media official with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF: Islamic State camp under full control

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized full control of a camp where Islamic State militants have been holed up in Baghouz near the Iraqi border though the operation is not yet over,..
Reuters - Published

Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of 'oppression and violence'

The Syrian government's threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows Damascus is determined to pursue a policy of "oppression and..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia besieging Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria said on Tuesday it had captured "157 experienced terrorists, mostly foreign nationals".
Reuters - Published

ISIS vows to keep fighting as final battle in Syria drags on

The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected. The terror group is vowing to fight to the last man in Baghouz. Charlie D'Agata reports from Syria.
CBS News - Published

IS says displacements from Syria's Baghouz will not weaken the group

An Islamic State spokesman said on Monday the displacement of "the weak and poor" from Syria's Baghouz would not weaken the group.
Reuters - Published

Family escapes Syrian war only to be gunned down in New Zealand mosque shooting

Members of a Circassian family who fled the Syrian war were among the victims of New Zealand shooting. In NJ, they are getting support
USATODAY.com - Published

Iran demands U.S. leave Syria, Damascus threatens its ally

Iran and Syria on Monday demanded the United States withdraw its troops from Syria, and the Damascus government threatened to defeat Washington's Kurdish allies by force if they did not submit to the..
Reuters - Published

Damascus vows to bring Kurdish-held areas back under control

The Syrian government said on Monday areas held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would be brought back under its control through military force or the kind of "reconciliation..
Reuters - Published

Iraq says to open Syrian border crossing in coming days

Iraq's armed forces chief of staff on Monday expressed hope that the country's border crossing with Syria would be opened in the coming days after meeting his Syrian and Iranian counterparts in..
Reuters - Published

Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday.
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed force says it has taken positions in Islamic State Syria camp

U.S.-backed fighters have taken positions in Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria, they said late on Sunday, after pounding the tiny patch of land by the banks of the Euphrates.
Reuters - Published

Battle rages for last Islamic State Syria enclave

Falling bombs raised smoke over Islamic State's last enclave in east Syria on Sunday, obscuring the huddle of vehicles and makeshift shelters to which the group's self-declared "caliphate" has been..
Reuters - Published

Over 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have fled last IS Syria enclave: SDF

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday more than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, had flooded out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria since a final assault to..
Reuters - Published

CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer reflects on reporting on the Syrian civil war

CBS News foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer has covered the Syrian civil war from its start. In her reporter's notebook, she reflects on the cities she's traveled to and the people she spoke with.
CBS News - Published

Suicide attackers strike people quitting Islamic State's last Syria zone

Three suicide attackers in women's clothing killed six people leaving the last Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Friday in simultaneous blasts, the U.S.-backed forces besieging the area said.
Reuters - Published

Ben Stiller shares his passion for Syrian refugees: We need to help each other

While visiting Syrian refugees in countries all over the world, actor Ben Stiller talks about his personal experience and the connections he has made along the way.
USATODAY.com - Published

Iraq begins legal proceedings against 14 French Islamic State fighters: sources

Iraq has begun court proceedings against 14 suspected French members of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group captured by U.S.-backed forces and transferred to Iraq from Syria last month, two legal..
Reuters - Published

'We don't see the enemy': Concealed jihadists slow Islamic State defeat

The young Syrian man crossing out of Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria brought confirmation that the fight was still not over despite days of ferocious bombardment by U.S.-backed forces.
Reuters - Published

French, German envoys write that fear stops Syria refugee returns

German and French diplomats on Friday blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for "a climate of fear and injustice" which they said was the main barrier to millions of refugees going home.
Reuters - Published

France repatriates several young children from camps in Syria

France has repatriated several young children from camps in Northern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday, reiterating that militants who joined the Islamic State should be tried where they..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed Syrian group denies deal to send IS captives to Iraq

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday denied any agreement to hand over captured Iraqi Islamic State fighters or their families to Iraq.
Reuters - Published

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