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Syria: Country in the Middle East
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, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Russia says three Syrian army servicemen killed in Aleppo: RIA

Three Syrian army servicemen were killed and eight wounded in the last 24 hours by gunfire from militants in the Syrian city of Aleppo, RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing the Russian defense..
Reuters - Published

Turkey rapporteur says EU ready to discuss more refugee support

The European Union is prepared to discuss further support for Turkey over refugees from Syria, the European Parliament's new rapporteur on Turkey said on Friday, describing cooperation over the issue..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Syria


At least 12 killed in Russia-led air raids near Syria's Aleppo [Video]At least 12 killed in Russia-led air raids near Syria's Aleppo

Family of eight, including six children, among those killed by air attack in Syria, according to residents.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:11Published

Having fled bombing, Syrian children learn to read in borderland tent schools [Video]Having fled bombing, Syrian children learn to read in borderland tent schools

With about two million children out of class across the country, meet the teachers and students going to school in Syrian refugee camps. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:52Published

Syria's Idlib protesters: 'Talks of ceasefires turn out to be lies' [Video]Syria's Idlib protesters: 'Talks of ceasefires turn out to be lies'

Frustration is growing in Syria after a ceasefire agreement was violated, killing 21 people in rebel-held province of Idlib.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Syria of breaking ceasefire in Idlib [Video]Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Syria of breaking ceasefire in Idlib

Turkish president says the Syrian regime has not complied with deal brokered by Turkey and Russia, killing 20 people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

More than 20 killed in air raids on towns in Syria's Idlib [Video]More than 20 killed in air raids on towns in Syria's Idlib

Russian-backed government forces step up attacks on rebel-held towns in northwest Syria, volunteer medic group says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

At least 39 civilians dead as a Syrian government bombed the city of Idlib [Video]At least 39 civilians dead as a Syrian government bombed the city of Idlib

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'A ceasefire never lasts': Idlib bombing resumes after brief lull [Video]'A ceasefire never lasts': Idlib bombing resumes after brief lull

Syria's last rebel bastion struck days after ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey takes effect, activists say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:36Published

Syria's ceasefire comes into force in Idlib province [Video]Syria's ceasefire comes into force in Idlib province

A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey has come into effect in Syria's Idlib province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:57Published

Putin welcomes Merkel to Moscow [Video]Putin welcomes Merkel to Moscow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Russia on Jan. 11 for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the crisis triggered by the killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Thousands of Syrians opt to learn Russian at school [Video]Thousands of Syrians opt to learn Russian at school

Increasing numbers of Syrian students are learning Russian as a foreign language in public schools, a move that reflects the extent to which Syrian-Russian relations have grown since the war started in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

UNSC votes to extend Syria's cross-border aid [Video]UNSC votes to extend Syria's cross-border aid

The United Nations Security Council agrees to extend its Syria aid programme - but with big cuts.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:58Published

Israel frees two prisoners following return of soldier's remains from Syria [Video]Israel frees two prisoners following return of soldier's remains from Syria

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Israel frees two prisoners in return for soldier's remains from Syria [Video]Israel frees two prisoners in return for soldier's remains from Syria

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Israel frees two as 'goodwill' for return of soldier's remains from Syria [Video]Israel frees two as 'goodwill' for return of soldier's remains from Syria

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:51Published

Russia announces ceasefire deal with Turkey in Syria's Idlib [Video]Russia announces ceasefire deal with Turkey in Syria's Idlib

Ceasefire in last opposition stronghold paves way for pause in bombardments by Syrian government forces.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Albanian father rescues son who had been kidnapped to live under IS [Video]Albanian father rescues son who had been kidnapped to live under IS

After 5 years of not knowing where his son is, an Albanian father manages to rescue his son out of Syria. His mother had taken him to live under the IS.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:27Published

Displaced Syrians enjoy a game of football in jihadist-run region [Video]Displaced Syrians enjoy a game of football in jihadist-run region

The kickaround was light relief for those in the region, which Syrian regime forces have been bombing in recent weeks. View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Slain Soleimani was Iran's second-in-command [Video]Slain Soleimani was Iran's second-in-command

Major-General Qassem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. airstrike, was Iran's second most powerful man -- and the chief architect of the countries regional alliances and proxy wars. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:12Published

Who was powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani? [Video]Who was powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani?

For Iranians whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergy, General Qassem Soleimani widely represented a figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of US..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:07Published

US kills Iran’s most senior general in Baghdad air strike [Video]US kills Iran’s most senior general in Baghdad air strike

The United States killed Iran’s top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an air strike at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday, an attack that threatens to..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:17Published

Iran vows retaliation after US kills its top general in Iraq [Video]Iran vows retaliation after US kills its top general in Iraq

The United States killed Iran’s top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport on Friday, an attack that threatens to..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:43Published

Protesters storm US embassy compound in Baghdad [Video]Protesters storm US embassy compound in Baghdad

Public anger grows after US attacks on Iran-backed militia in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 fighters.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 13:27Published

US targets pro-Iran militia bases in Iraq, Syria raids [Video]US targets pro-Iran militia bases in Iraq, Syria raids

US says attacks 'successful' but Iraq says move against Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group 'violation of sovereignty'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

U.S. air strike in Iraq lays bare Iran influence [Video]U.S. air strike in Iraq lays bare Iran influence

An American air strike has killed or wounded scores of members of an Iran-backed militia that forms part of Iraq's security forces. Baghdad says it will have "dangerous consequences." The U.S. blames..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

 

Erdogan says 400,000 people in Syria's Idlib moving toward Turkey

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that around 400,000 people in Syria's northwestern Idlib province were moving toward the Turkish border as a result of renewed attacks by the Syrian..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says no uptick in violence from Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

The United States has seen no uptick in Islamic State activity in Syria and Iraq, U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey said on Thursday, weeks after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian..
Reuters - Published

Russia says Syrian army suffers losses, retreats in attack disputed by rebels

Syrian state media said militants launched a major attack on government forces in Idlib on Thursday that Russia's defense ministry said killed up to 40 Syrian soldiers, though the account was disputed..
Reuters - Published

Turkish aid groups building houses in Syria for Idlib's displaced

Turkish aid groups have begun building more than 10,000 houses in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to shelter growing numbers of people displaced by fighting, while Turkey seeks to prevent a new..
Reuters - Published

Militants set off car bombs, storm army positions in Syria's Idlib: state news agency

Militants in Syria set off car bombs and used heavy gunfire to storm army positions in Idlib on Thursday, state news agency SANA reported.
Reuters - Published

Russia says militants killed up to 40 Syrian soldiers in Idlib attack: Ifax

Russia's defense ministry said on Thursday that hundreds of Syrian militants launched multiple attacks in Syria's Idlib province, killing up to 40 Syrian soldiers and wounding 80, the Interfax news..
Reuters - Published

Russian-led strikes on rebel-held northwest Syria kill 40: rescuers

Russian-led air strikes killed at least 40 people on Tuesday in northwest Syria in a major army assault backed by Iranian militias to clear out rebels that has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing..
Reuters - Published

Norway finance minister quits over IS woman's return from Syria

Norway's Finance Minister Siv Jensen and her right-wing Progress Party will resign from the government over a decision to bring home from Syria a woman suspected of Islamic State affiliation, Jensen..
Reuters - Published

Having fled bombing, Syrian children learn to read in tent schools

Syrian teacher Ahmad al Hilal listens to his young pupils sitting on a mat reciting the Arabic alphabet in a makeshift school in a tent on the outskirts of a sprawling refugee camp city along the..
Reuters - Published

Syria truce fails as Idlib civilians killed daily: U.N.

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on Friday for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria's opposition-held Idlib province, saying the latest ceasefire attempt had yet..
Reuters - Published

Three Turkish soldiers killed in car bomb attack in Syria - sources

Three Turkish soldiers were killed in a car bomb attack while carrying out roadside checks on vehicles in northeast Syria on Thursday, security sources said.
Reuters - Published

Russia denies bombing civilian targets in Syria's Idlib - RIA

Russia's Ministry of Defence on Thursday denied media reports that it had bombed civilian targets in the de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province, saying there had been no military flights since a..
Reuters - Published

U.N. says around 350,0000 Syrians have fled Russian-led assault in Idlib

Around 350,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a renewed Russian-backed offensive in the opposition-held Idlib province since early December, and have sought shelter in border areas near..
Reuters - Published

Turkey and Russia discuss secure zone in Syria's Idlib: Turkish Defence Minister

Turkey and Russia are discussing the establishment of a secure zone within Syria's northwestern Idlib region where Syrians displaced by fighting can shelter during the winter, Turkish Defence Minister..
Reuters - Published

Russian jets resume bombing of Syria's rebel-held northwest - residents

Russian jets struck several rebel-held towns in northwest Syria's Idlib for the first time since a ceasefire agreed with Turkey came into force two days ago, witnesses and rebels sources said.
Reuters - Published

Syrian army says Israeli jets attack air base in Homs

The Syrian army said on Tuesday Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province and that its air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage.
Reuters - Published

Syrian state TV says air base in Homs attacked in possible drone strike

Syria's air defences on Tuesday intercepted possible drone and missile strikes on T4 military airport in Homs province, state television said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says will stop Syrian government violations of Idlib ceasefire

Turkey is determined to stop Syrian government violations of a ceasefire in northwest Syria's Idlib to prevent 400,000 people fleeing toward the Turkish border, President Tayyip Erdogan said on..
Reuters - Published

Turkish, Syrian top spies meet in first official contact in years

Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence met in Moscow on Monday, in the first official contact in years despite Ankara's long-standing hostility to President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Turkish official..
Reuters - Published

Russia says civilians can flee Syria's Idlib via three new checkpoints

Russia's Defence Ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that civilians could leave what it calls a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib Province via three new checkpoints.
Reuters - Published

Russian-led air strikes suspended in Idlib after ceasefire: residents

Russia and its allies halted air strikes in Syria's Idlib region on Sunday as a ceasefire agreed with Turkey came into force, residents, rebels and respondents said, although few were optimistic the..
Reuters - Published

At least 17 killed in Syrian army bombing of rebel-held Idlib: witnesses

At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 injured on Saturday after Syrian army air strikes struck four cities in the country's northwestern region of Idlib, witnesses and a local civil defense..
Reuters - Published

U.N. renews Syria cross-border aid operation but halves crossings, length of time

The U.N. Security Council on Friday renewed a six-year-long cross-border operation delivering aid to millions of Syrian civilians but the number of crossings and length of authorization were halved to..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says ceasefire will be implemented in Syria's Idlib Jan. 12

Turkey's Defense Ministry said on Friday that it had agreed with Russia that a ceasefire will be implemented in northwestern Syria's Idlib region at one minute past midnight on Jan. 12.
Reuters - Published

Israel frees two as 'goodwill' for return of soldier's remains from Syria

Israel on Friday released two prisoners, including one jailed for spying for Syria, in what it called a goodwill gesture for the Russian-assisted repatriation of the body of a long-missing Israeli..
Reuters - Published

Syria cross-border aid to end Friday if U.N. Security Council fails to break deadlock

A six-year-long United Nations operation delivering aid across the Syrian border to millions of civilians will expire at midnight on Friday if a deadlocked U.N. Security Council cannot reach a..
Reuters - Published

Russia says ceasefire established in Syria's Idlib: TASS

A ceasefire regime has been established in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib, TASS news agency reported citing a Russian defense ministry official on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Informants in Iraq, Syria helped U.S. kill Iran's Soleimani - sources

Iranian General Qassem Soleimani arrived at the Damascus airport in a vehicle with dark-tinted glass. Four soldiers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards rode with him. They parked near a staircase..
Reuters - Published

Thousands of young Syrians opt to learn Russian at school

Omar al-Tawil, a 15-year-old school boy in Damascus, is one of 24,000 Syrian youngsters now learning Russian at school after the country added the language of the government's most powerful ally to the..
Reuters - Published

Russia's Putin makes rare visit to Syria, meets Assad

Vladimir Putin met Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, the Russian leader's second trip to Syria since Moscow intervened decisively on the Syrian president's behalf in a civil war.
Reuters - Published

Allow cross-border aid into Syria, U.N. pleads as millions "trapped"

More than 3 million Syrian civilians are trapped in a war zone in the northwest of the country and utterly dependant on cross-border aid, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as it urged states to..
Reuters - Published

Coalition must continue fight against Islamic State in Iraq: France's Le Drian

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday that he had spoken by phone with Iraq's prime minister, and stressed the importance of allowing the international coalition to fight against..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-Led Coalition Halts ISIS Fight as It Steels for Iranian Attacks

American forces in Iraq and Syria will now focus on protecting themselves.
NYTimes.com - Published

Soleimani planned attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria: official

Qassem Soleimani, Tehran's most prominent military commander who was killed in a U.S. strike, was planning imminent attacks on U.S. diplomats and troops in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere in the..
Reuters - Published

Iran's Soleimani was planning imminent attack on U.S. facilities, says top U.S. official on Iran

The head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. strike in Iraq on Friday, was planning an imminent attack on U.S. facilities and workers in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and other..
Reuters - Published

Syria condemns killing of Iran's Soleimani: state news agency

Syria strongly condemns the "treacherous, criminal American aggression" that led to the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, state news agency SANA cited a foreign ministry source as..
Reuters - Published

What we know about the strike that killed Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Major General Qasem Soleimani rose to prominence by advising forces fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria on behalf of Bashar Assad.
USATODAY.com - Published

South African photographer kidnapped in Syria back home: source

A South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State three years ago returned home on Thursday with the help of Turkey's intelligence agency, a security source in Ankara said.
Reuters - Published

Trump, Erdogan agree on need for de-escalation in Idlib, Syria: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan agreed on the need to de-escalate tensions in Idlib, Syria, the White House said on Thursday, a day after eight people were killed..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says up to 250,000 Syrians flee toward Turkey as crisis worsens

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday up to 250,000 migrants were fleeing toward Turkey from Syria's northwest Idlib region after weeks of renewed bombardment by Russian and Syrian government..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says will not evacuate posts in Syria's Idlib

It is "out of the question" for Turkey to evacuate its military observation posts in Syria's Idlib, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday, after Russian and Syrian forces intensified their..
Reuters - Published

Video shows Hezbollah positions after US attacks

An Iranian-backed militia says the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters had risen to 25, and vowed to exact revenge. The Associated Press viewed the aftermath of..
USATODAY.com - Published

Protesters demonstrate in Baghdad after US attacks

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Baghdad after the U.S. carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia the Pentagon says launched an attack killing an American contractor. (Dec...
USATODAY.com - Published

After air strikes, U.S. officials concerned about retaliation and Iran tensions

U.S. military officials said they are closely watching for reprisals for American air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iran-backed militia group, with the potential for a cycle of retaliatory..
Reuters - Published

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