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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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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

Videos for Syria


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

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:36Published

'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

War in Syria: EU, Turkey call on regime to stop bombing of Idlib province [Video]War in Syria: EU, Turkey call on regime to stop bombing of Idlib province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:34Published

New leaked documents expose questionable OPCW findings on Douma attack [Video]New leaked documents expose questionable OPCW findings on Douma attack

Wikileaks has posted several documents that further exposes the coverup within the OPCW of what really happened during the alleged Douma gas attacks.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 03:18Published

U.S. calls strikes in Iraq, Syria 'successful' [Video]U.S. calls strikes in Iraq, Syria 'successful'

U.S. officials said on Sunday that air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iran-backed militia group were successful, but warned that "additional actions" may still be taken in the region to defend..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

US carries out air raids in Iraq, Syria against Hezbollah [Video]US carries out air raids in Iraq, Syria against Hezbollah

Pentagon says it targeted three locations of the Iranian-backed Shia armed group in Iraq and two in Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 04:37Published

Hundreds of Syrians in Turkey protest outside Russian consulate [Video]Hundreds of Syrians in Turkey protest outside Russian consulate

Hundreds of Syrians in Turkey gathered outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul on Saturday to protest about Russian backed Syrian government offensive in the Idlib province. The bombardments have..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

 

UN says children of jihadists are in grave danger, calls for them to be repatriated from Syria

UN investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria.
France 24 - 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

Intense fighting in Syria's Idlib kills 39: monitor

intense fighting in syria's idlib kills 39: monitor
Intense fighting between pro-government forces and jihadist-led fighters in Syria's Idlib province killed at least 39 fighters overnight, a war monitor said on Thursday. The violence, which saw..
WorldNews - Published

Dozens killed in intense fighting in Syria's Idlib

Intense fighting between pro-government forces and jihadist-led fighters in Syria’s Idlib province killed at least 39 fighters overnight, a war monitor said Thursday.
France 24 - Published

British government condemned for offering to repatriate children from Syrian Isis camp but not their mother

Mehak Aslam would have to give up children in order for them to be repatriated to Britain
Independent - Published

Syria war: Air strikes kill 18 in Idlib city despite truce

A busy market and an industrial zone were targeted by war planes, a monitoring group said.
BBC News - 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

Syria says Israeli army struck T4 airbase in Homs

syria says israeli army struck t4 airbase in homs
The Syrian army said on Tuesday that Israeli jets attacked the main T4 air base in Homs province. It said air defences downed several missiles in strikes that caused only material damage. An army..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •France 24Reuters

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 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

Qasem Soleimani gets a promotion and Syria's top military honor after being killed in a ...

qasem soleimani gets a promotion and syria's top military honor after being killed in a ...
Reuters In the days since he was killed by a US drone strike, Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani has been feted at home and abroad. Soleimani, a major general at the time of his death,...
WorldNews - 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

Turbulence for Turkey as breakaway parties make gains on Erdoğan

turbulence for turkey as breakaway parties make gains on erdoğan
Turkey is gearing up for another turbulent year in both domestic politics and on the world stage as its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, deploys troops to Libya while fighting off new breakaway..
WorldNews - Published

Exclusive: ‘We cannot afford instability in our part of the world’, King Abdullah II of Jordan tells FRANCE 24

King Abdullah II of Jordan sat down for an exclusive interview Sunday with FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman to discuss a number of issues including the escalating tensions between Iran and the US, the..
France 24 - Published

Hevrin Khalaf: Death of a peacemaker

Syrian-Kurdish leader Hevrin Khalaf was executed by a Syrian army faction, BBC Arabic reports.
BBC News - 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

Britain must be prepared to fight future wars without US after Trump destroys 'assumptions', defence secretary says

Ben Wallace says US president's decisions in Iran and Syria means UK 'needs to diversify our assets'
Independent - Published

Goldin Family Slams Netanyahu for Releasing Syrian Prisoners

goldin family slams netanyahu for releasing syrian prisoners
The Goldin family sharply criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the weekend for releasing two Syrians who were in Israeli custody as a “gesture” for the return of the remains of IDF..
WorldNews - 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

Regime airstrikes kill 17 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

regime airstrikes kill 17 civilians in syria’s idlib
At least 17 civilians were killed in airstrikes Saturday by the Bashar al-Assad regime in northwestern Syria, said a local civil defense agency,...
WorldNews - 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 releases Syrian prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'

israel releases syrian prisoners in 'goodwill gesture'
Sgt Baumel was one of five Israeli soldiers who went missing in the Battle of Sultan Yacoub between Israeli and Syrian forces on 11 June 1982, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley....
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •BBC News

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

Germany warns of 'second Syria' as EU hosts Libya PM

germany warns of 'second syria' as eu hosts libya pm
EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government Wednesday as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a "second Syria"...
WorldNews - 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

Libya conflict: Turkey and Russia call for ceasefire

Presidents Erdogan and Putin meet in Turkey, amid warnings of a Syria-style civil war in Libya.
BBC News - Published

Putin in Turkey to launch TurkStream

putin in turkey to launch turkstream
Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to inaugurate a new gas pipeline, with tensions in Libya and Syria also on the agenda. Putin..
WorldNews - Published

Soleimani managed to weaken US Mideast presence

soleimani managed to weaken us mideast presence
If you study the military record of the late General Qasem Soleimani, you’ll see why US military and political leaders feared his prowess – yet did not wish him dead. The embodiment of America’s..
WorldNews - Published

Russia’s Putin makes surprise visit to Syria

russia’s putin makes surprise visit to syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to Syria’s capital, Damascus, meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and observing “signs of peaceful life” in the city. The two..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Putin makes rare visit to Syria, meets Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Syria on Tuesday and met with officials including President Bashar Assad, Syrian state media and a Kremlin spokesman reported.
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

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

Vladimir Putin may need to go back to the drawing board on Iran

vladimir putin may need to go back to the drawing board on iran
Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, killed last week by a US drone in Baghdad, has been credited with persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in Syria in 2015, a claim the..
WorldNews - 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

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