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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 Turkemens. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Sunnis make up the largest religious group in Syria.

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'I'm desperate to reach him': Syrian trying to save brother in UK stranded in Greek refugee camp

Zaki ​Mohammad Ali says he wants to travel to London to donate his kidney, and is then happy to leave once again: 'Helping my brother is the most important thing'
Independent - Published

Syrian rapper battles on all fronts in war-torn Idlib

Angered by the suffering of civilians, a young student is protesting in his own way - by rapping.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Syria

US Troops May Be Headed To Syria [Video]US Troops May Be Headed To Syria

The US military is weighing shifting a small number of additional troops to northeast Syria. This will be as part of ongoing efforts to establish a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkey border. CNN..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:41Published

Syria's children in northwest miss out on school amid fighting [Video]Syria's children in northwest miss out on school amid fighting

As fighting continues in Syria's Idlib, schools are used as shelters as education takes a back seat to survival.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:50Published

US, Turkey launch joint patrols in planned Syria 'safe zone' [Video]US, Turkey launch joint patrols in planned Syria 'safe zone'

Joint ground patrols are seen as the first step in establishing the zone in northeast Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:27Published

Iranian tanker pictured off Syrian port [Video]Iranian tanker pictured off Syrian port

The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went dark off Syria earlier in the week, has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:22Published

Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed [Video]Celebrity Syrian designer Rami Al Ali says rules of couture have changed

Dubai-based fashion designer Rami Al Ali, who launched his eponymous label in 2000, is best known for dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren and Nancy Ajram.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:00Published

Dire conditions for Syrian refugee camp close to Jordan border [Video]Dire conditions for Syrian refugee camp close to Jordan border

Refugees in Rukban camp face difficult choice of picking safety over food as Syrian government puts chokehold on aid.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border [Video]Syria's war: Kurdish forces pull back from border

Ankara monitors YPG withdrawal as part of plan to establish 'safe zone' in northern Syria along border with Turkey.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published

Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib [Video]Syria: Children increasingly killed by air attacks in Idlib

Russian-backed government forces are reportedly responsible for destroying many civilian homes, killing many people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:34Published

Putin, Erdogan hail close defence ties as Idlib divisions remain [Video]Putin, Erdogan hail close defence ties as Idlib divisions remain

Turkish president condemns Syrian army offensive as Russian leader urges 'terrorist attacks' in rebel-held Idlib to end.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:08Published

Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes [Video]Tensions mount between Israel-Lebanon after drone strikes

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun said on Monday his country had a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that were like a "declaration of war". Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon [Video]Israel attacks Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Israeli warplanes struck a PFLP-GC base in a village in the Bekaa Valley.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Hundreds of thousands flee fighting in northern Syria [Video]Hundreds of thousands flee fighting in northern Syria

As attacks intensify in northern Syria, many are trapped with the Turkish border in the north sealed.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Pompeo: US Supports Israel's Syrian Air Strikes [Video]Pompeo: US Supports Israel's Syrian Air Strikes

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephone call Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Reuters, they spoke about Israel's air strikes in Syria. Pompeo expressed..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published

Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama [Video]Syria's War: Government forces seize rebel territory in Hama

With help from Russia, the Syrian government now controls all of the countryside in Hama province south of Idlib, after taking the last villages and towns from rebel control.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Exclusive: Euronews interview with Lebanon FM Gebran Bassil [Video]Exclusive: Euronews interview with Lebanon FM Gebran Bassil

Lebanon feels the spillover effects of the Syrian war and proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran like no other country in the region. Euronews sat down for an exclusive interview with the..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 12:02Published

No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island [Video]No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island

The Syrian island of Arwad, once a shipbuilding and tourism hub, is among few places in the country that remained untouched by the scars of war. But residents say the eight-year conflict has severely..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

Syrian rebels withdraw from strategic Idlib town [Video]Syrian rebels withdraw from strategic Idlib town

Seizing Khan Sheikhoun will give the government access to an important economic highway that crosses the country.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:35Published

Macron tells Putin truce in Syria's Idlib must be respected [Video]Macron tells Putin truce in Syria's Idlib must be respected

French president hosts Russian counterpart for wide-ranging talks, including about Syria and Ukraine.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria [Video]Turkey says military convoy targeted in northern Syria

Turkish defence ministry says 3 civilians killed after air raids target military convoy in northwest Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

Gibraltar 'unable' to detain Iranian oil tanker despite US warrant [Video]Gibraltar 'unable' to detain Iranian oil tanker despite US warrant

An Iranian oil tanker seized on suspicion of illegally shipping oil to Syria will not be detained by Gibraltar despite a US warrant to seize it.

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

Idlib airstrikes target IDP camp [Video]Idlib airstrikes target IDP camp

At least 18 people have been killed in a suspected Russian air strike on a camp for internally-displaced Syrians.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Gibraltar frees Iranian tanker, raising hopes of ship swap [Video]Gibraltar frees Iranian tanker, raising hopes of ship swap

Gibraltar has released the supertanker Grace 1, which Britain seized last month, paving the way for a swap with the tanker Iran's holding. Lucy Fielder reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:23Published

U.S. applies to seize Iran oil tanker [Video]U.S. applies to seize Iran oil tanker

The U.S. has applied to seize the Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar, scuppering hopes that it would be released on Thursday and allow an easing of tensions. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:10Published

Syria, Iran, and Venezuela take part in Russian tank 'biathlon' [Video]Syria, Iran, and Venezuela take part in Russian tank 'biathlon'

Russia hosted 22 countries as part of the Army Games 2019.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:30Published

What are the implications of a Turkish military operation in Syria? | Euronews Answers [Video]What are the implications of a Turkish military operation in Syria? | Euronews Answers

Why is Turkey threatening to make new incursions in northern Syria? What are the implications for Syrian Kurds, the fight against the so-called Islamic State, and already strained US-Turkish relations?

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:47Published

 

U.S. won't send more troops to Syria for joint Turkish patrols

The U.S. military will not increase troop levels in Syria to carry out joint patrols with Turkish forces, a top general said on Friday, adding that his goal was to eventually reduce the number of U.S...
Reuters - Published

Gibraltar acted in good faith over Adrian Darya 1 tanker release

Gibraltar acted in good faith when it released the Adrian Darya 1 tanker and Iran broke assurances it had given not to sell the crude oil to Syria, the British territory's maritime minister said on..
Reuters - Published

Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria's Idlib at Monday summit: Kremlin

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will discuss the difficult situation in Syria's Idlib province when they meet in Ankara early next week for a summit, Yuri Ushakov, a senior Kremlin aide, said on..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says it has evidence Adrian Darya 1 oil transferred to Syria

The United States has evidence that the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 has transferred its crude oil to the Syrian government, breaking assurances it gave not to sell crude to the country, the U.S...
Reuters - Published

Israel must have freedom to act against Iran, Netanyahu says in Russia

Israel must be allowed to act freely against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday during a visit to Sochi, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss security..
Reuters - Published

Netanyahu says Israel won't tolerate Iran's 'aggression' from Syria: Interfax

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Israel will not put up with threats from Iran, which, in his words, was using Syrian territory for..
Reuters - Published

Warplanes strike Syria's Idlib despite ceasefire: monitor, rebel

Air strikes pounded the south of Syria's Idlib region on Thursday, a rebel official and residents said, despite a ceasefire that had halted a fierce army offensive against the rebel stronghold two..
Reuters - Published

With Gaza war talk, Russia visit, Netanyahu fights on in election race

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday threatened war in Gaza and then flew to Russia to discuss Israeli freedom of action in Syria with President Vladimir Putin as a frenetic election..
Reuters - Published

Syria war: Idlib's hidden hospitals

With airstrikes targeting hospitals, people have been forced underground to survive.
BBC News - Published

Syrian rebels say Russian-backed forces prepare to resume offensive

Syrian rebel fighters on Wednesday said Russian-backed forces were amassing troops in preparation for resuming a five-month offensive in northwest Syria after a second day of raids by jets believed to..
Reuters - Published

Iran says tanker oil sold at sea, buyer sets destination

Iran's envoy to London said on Wednesday the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 was sold at sea to a private company, denying Tehran had broken assurances it had given over the vessel, but he insisted..
Reuters - Published

Air strikes in Syria truce zone resume overnight: opposition, residents

Jets believed to be Russian bombed rebel-held areas in northwest Syria on Wednesday amid increased shelling of towns by the Syrian army that threatened the collapse of a fragile Russian-brokered..
Reuters - Published

U.N. investigators link U.S., Syrian and Russian forces to war crimes

U.S.-led coalition forces have carried out air strikes in Syria causing a high number of civilian casualties, indicating that required precautions were ignored and war crimes may have been committed,..
Reuters - Published

Iranian ambassador in UK summoned in tanker row

The Foreign Office says Iran has transferred its cargo of oil to Syria, breaching EU sanctions.
BBC News - Published

Britain accuses Iran of selling Adrian Darya 1 tanker oil to Syria

Britain said Iran had sold the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 to Syria, breaking assurances it had given over the vessel which had been detained in Gibraltar for a suspected breach of European..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. stalling on Syria 'safe zone', will act alone if needed

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Washington is stalling in its agreement to create a "safe zone" in northeast Syria, and repeated that Ankara was ready to act on its own..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey cannot handle new migrant wave from Syria

Turkey cannot handle a new wave of migrants from northern Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that Ankara and Washington needed to establish a "safe zone" in the region as soon as..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Washington is stalling on Syria 'safe zone'

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Washington is stalling the implementation of an agreement to create a "safe zone" in northeast Syria.
Reuters - Published

Air strikes hit Syria ceasefire zone: monitor, source

Air strikes hit a part of northwest Syria for the first time since a ceasefire was declared 10 days ago, a war monitor and rebel group spokesman said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Israeli planes struck east Syria, says Hezbollah military media unit

Israeli planes hit a Syrian army camp under construction in eastern Syria early on Monday without casualties, said a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, a Syrian government ally.
Reuters - Published

Israel says rockets fired from Syria but fell short

Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias fired rockets at Israel from Syria on Monday but they fell short, the Israeli military said.
Reuters - Published

Syria war: 'Air strikes' hit Iran-backed forces near Iraq border

A monitoring group says 18 fighters were killed in the overnight raids near the Iraq border.
BBC News - Published

Refugees fleeing Syria to UK: 'I've got a mortgage, a house, a car - we're not trouble'

What became of some of the 17,000 refugees allowed to settle in Britain after fleeing the Syrian war?
BBC News - Published

Iranian tanker row: Oil 'sold' in defiance of US threats

A tanker last spotted off Syria has sold its oil, Iran says - despite promises not to sail to Syria.
BBC News - Published

Turkey cites disagreements with U.S. even as joint Syria patrols begin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, speaking hours after joint U.S.-Turkey patrols began in northern Syria, said on Sunday Ankara and Washington have constantly disagreed over establishing the planned..
Reuters - Published

Turkey shouldn't coerce Greece, Europe over migrants: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday Turkey should not try to coerce either Greece or Europe in its attempts to get support for a plan to resettle Syrian refugees in northern Syria.
Reuters - Published

Turkish military enters Syria to begin joint U.S. 'safe zone' patrol

Armed Turkish military vehicles crossed into Syria on Sunday and headed southwest with U.S. counterparts to begin planned joint patrols to establish a "safe zone" along a border region mainly..
Reuters - Published

Syria says joint U.S.-Turkish patrols violate country's sovereignty

Syria condemned on Sunday joint U.S.-Turkish patrols in a border strip in the northeast of the country, saying it was a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, an official statement said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says will discuss Syria with Trump at U.N.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he expects to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations later this month to discuss military operations in northeast Syria, where Turkey..
Reuters - Published

Iran tanker row: Released ship wanted by US 'seen off Syria'

Despite a pledge it would not head there, satellite images appear to show an Iranian ship off Syria.
BBC News - Published

Syrian army foils drone attack on military base in northwest

The Syrian army said on Saturday its air defenses foiled a drone attack by "terrorist" groups on a main military base in northwestern Syria where a Russian-brokered ceasefire has stopped months of..
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 photographed off Syrian port Tartus: U.S. satellite firm

The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went dark off Syria earlier in the week, has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port..
Reuters - Published

Turkish-U.S. land patrols in Syria to start on Sept. 8: Anadolu

Joint military land patrols by Turkish and U.S. forces in northeast Syria are planned to start on Sept. 8, state-owned Anadolu news agency quoted Defense Minister Hulusi Akar as saying on Friday.
Reuters - Published

UK should take back British jihadists detained in Syria, says US defence secretary

Top Trump official claims stripping Isis fighters of passports does not resolve problem
Independent - Published

Syria war: Turkey warns Europe of new migrant wave

President Erdogan demands international help to create a refugee "safe zone" in northern Syria.
BBC News - Published

EU sets up tool for easier conviction of jihadist fighters as hundreds may return

The European Union has set up a common counter-terrorism register, hoping to facilitate prosecutions and convictions of suspected militants and people returning home from fighting with Islamic State in..
Reuters - Published

Turkey plans to return one million Syrians, warns of new migrant wave in Europe

Turkey plans to resettle 1 million refugees in northern Syria and may reopen the route for migrants into Europe if it does not receive adequate international support for the plan, President Tayyip..
Reuters - Published

Turkey may open gates for migrants to Europe unless receives support: Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey may have to open the route for migrants into Europe if Ankara does not receive sufficient international support to deal with Syrian refugees.
Reuters - Published

Syria's wheat crop almost doubles but food security still a challenge: U.N.

Syria's wheat and barley crops this year improved helped by favorable rainfall and better overall security but food security remains a challenge, a joint report by the United Nations Food and..
Reuters - Published

Turkish President Erdogan says Syria's Idlib slowly disappearing

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that a so-called de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib region is slowly disappearing because of military attacks by government forces.
Reuters - Published

Anti-aircraft defenses intercept drones attacking Syria's Hmeimim airbase: media

Explosions heard on Tuesday in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia were a result of anti-aircraft defenses intercepting drones launched toward Hmeimim air base, Syrian state TV and the state news agency..
Reuters - Published

At least one killed in two motorbike explosions in Syrian border town

At least one civilian was killed and more than 16 wounded on Tuesday by two bombs hidden in motorbikes in the Syrian border town of Azaz, which is controlled by Turkey-backed rebels, two witnesses and..
Reuters - Published

Hungary charges Syrian accused of beheading, killing for IS

Hungarian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged a 27-year-old Syrian man with terrorism and crimes against humanity committed as a member of Islamic State in 2015.
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 goes dark off Syria

The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers appears to have turned off its transponder in the Mediterranean west of Syria, Refinitiv ship-tracking..
Reuters - Published

Hungary charges Syrian man with terrorism, crime against humanity

Hungarian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged a 27-year-old Syrian man with terrorism and crime against humanity committed as a member of Islamic State in 2015.
Reuters - Published

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