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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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UK to facilitate release of Iranian tanker if it gets Syria guarantees: Hunt

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that Britain would facilitate the release of the detained Grace 1 oil tanker if Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to..
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker will be released if oil isn't going to Syria, says Hunt

The foreign secretary says the seized tanker will be released if its oil isn't headed to Syria.
BBC News - Published

Videos for Syria

UK offers release of Iran tanker if oil isn't bound for Syria [Video]UK offers release of Iran tanker if oil isn't bound for Syria

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the tanker detained near Gibraltar could be released if the UK receives guarantees that its oil isn't bound for Syria.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:05Published

Iran: We Will Continue Exporting Oil, No Matter What [Video]Iran: We Will Continue Exporting Oil, No Matter What

Iran will continue its oil exports under any conditions. That's what Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday. According..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Syrian government struggles to make gains in Idlib [Video]Syrian government struggles to make gains in Idlib

Syrian government forces and their allies are now defending their territory against a fierce counteroffensive by rebel factions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

UK threatened with a UK threatened with a "slap" in Iran tanker row

Iran has warned of consequences if Britain does not release an oil tanker seized off the coast of Gibraltar a week ago. In Tehran, some residents are backing such a retaliation. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

S-400s arrive in Turkey as it braces for U.S. sanctions [Video]S-400s arrive in Turkey as it braces for U.S. sanctions

The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile defence system were delivered to NATO member Turkey on Friday a development set to escalate tensions with the United States. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:14Published

Deraa: Rampant arrests and detentions mark truce anniversary [Video]Deraa: Rampant arrests and detentions mark truce anniversary

Observers say violations by Syrian government started immediately after Deraa reconciliation deal was agreed last year.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

Why Turkey’s S-400 missile purchase angers the US [Video]Why Turkey’s S-400 missile purchase angers the US

A delivery of Russian S-400 air defence systems are expected to arrive in Turkey any day now despite the U.S. warning it would face sanctions if it didn't cancel the deal. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:23Published

Syrian refugees: Lebanon crackdown on undocumented foreign labour [Video]Syrian refugees: Lebanon crackdown on undocumented foreign labour

Officials say end goal is to enforce law and protect Lebanese jobs, but activists say Syrian refugees unfairly hit.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

Iranian boats 'harassed' British tanker: U.S. [Video]Iranian boats 'harassed' British tanker: U.S.

U.S. officials say five boats belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards tried to stop a British oil tanker in the Gulf but withdrew after a British warship warned them. The Guards and Iran's foreign..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:04Published

Syria's war: UNICEF alarmed by child deaths in gov’t offensive [Video]Syria's war: UNICEF alarmed by child deaths in gov’t offensive

Rights groups say more than 500 have been killed, more than 100 of them children.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:35Published

Syria seige has killed over 500 civilians: rights groups [Video]Syria seige has killed over 500 civilians: rights groups

At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two months ago, rights groups and rescuers have..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:47Published

Despite Objections Of Italian Government, Migrant Rescue Ships Heads Towards Port [Video]Despite Objections Of Italian Government, Migrant Rescue Ships Heads Towards Port

The migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi is making its way towards the Italian port of Lampedusa. The ship was named in honor of the Syrian boy whose body washed ashore at the height of the 2015 migrant..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

Iran demands UK release of oil tanker held in Gibraltar [Video]Iran demands UK release of oil tanker held in Gibraltar

Gibraltar says tanker transporting crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, as Spain says move made at US request.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:24Published

Frontline Stalemate: Govt loses hundreds of troops [Video]Frontline Stalemate: Govt loses hundreds of troops

Syrian government forces backed by Russian military have not been able to break the opposition's defensive positions after weeks of fighting.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Damascus citadel restoration in progress, UNESCO to decide fate of Syrian heritage sites [Video]Damascus citadel restoration in progress, UNESCO to decide fate of Syrian heritage sites

Since civil war broke out in 2011 the country has been left picking up the pieces. Today, archaeological digs have restarted and new excavations are underway in the Damascus Citadel, located in the..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:22Published

Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West [Video]Tanker seizure stirs Iran's tensions with the West

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran over what it calls an illegal seizure of one of its tankers off Gibraltar. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:49Published

Oil tanker bound for Syria detained by UK marines [Video]Oil tanker bound for Syria detained by UK marines

British Royal Marines have detained a tanker believed to be carrying Iranian crude to Syria, putting it in violation of U.S. and European sanctions. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Blast kills 3 in Syria's Sweida - governor [Video]Blast kills 3 in Syria's Sweida - governor

Video released by the Syrian Arab News Agency showed the aftermath of a reported motorcycle bomb in the Syrian city of Sweida that killed a number of people. Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Syria's war: People live in fear as assault intensifies in Idlib [Video]Syria's war: People live in fear as assault intensifies in Idlib

Trying to find home comfort, life of Syrian children in opposition-held areas as bombs drop around them.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:20Published

Errant missile from Syria-Israel clash lands on Cyprus. [Video]Errant missile from Syria-Israel clash lands on Cyprus.

An errant missile struck Cyprus early on Monday, skimming the densely populated capital Nicosia and crashing into a mountainside in what officials said could have been a spillover of an Israeli strike..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:39Published

US drone shooting highlights Iran's advanced weapons technology [Video]US drone shooting highlights Iran's advanced weapons technology

Iran purchased missile systems from countries including Russia and China, and worked with North Korea and Syria for development.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:08Published

Arabs in Syria's Deir Az Zor protest against Kurdish forces [Video]Arabs in Syria's Deir Az Zor protest against Kurdish forces

Why people in Syria's Deir Az Zor are frustrated with Kurdish forces controlling the area.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

Dig It: Dried-Up Reservoir Reveals Ancient Iraqi Palace [Video]Dig It: Dried-Up Reservoir Reveals Ancient Iraqi Palace

Archaeologists have made a surprising discovery in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. According to Geek.com, they've unearthed a 3,400-year-old, Bronze Age palace at a reservoir there. The ruins were only..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

The risks of rebuilding Syria under Assad [Video]The risks of rebuilding Syria under Assad

Western donors must ensure that humanitarian aid and any future reconstruction assistance in Syria do not fuel repression or benefit "cronies" of President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch said on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:31Published

 

Gibraltar police release all crew members of detained Iranian tanker

Gibraltar police said on Friday that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge after it was detained last week on suspicion of breaking European..
Reuters - Published

Hezbollah cut down its forces in Syria: Nasrallah

Iran-backed Hezbollah has reduced its forces in Syria as fighting died down though it still has fighters all over the country, its leader said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Panama to withdraw flags from more vessels that violate sanctions

Panama will withdraw its flag from more vessels that violate sanctions and international legislation, the country's maritime authority told Reuters, following the removal of about 60 ships linked to..
Reuters - Published

Air strikes on Syrian rebel enclave intensify: monitor

Air strikes targeted rebel-held cities in northwest Syria on Friday, a war monitor reported, widening bombardment of the last major insurgent enclave to areas that had mostly escaped it.
Reuters - Published

Albanian police arrest Russian 'Islamic State fighter'

A Russian national accused of fighting for the Islamic State militant group against Syrian government forces was arrested in Albania and will be extradited to Russia, Albanian police said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Iran calls on Britain to release seized oil tanker immediately

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release an oil tanker that British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a foreign..
Reuters - Published

Iran calls on Britain to immediately release its seized supertanker: IRNA

Iran called on Britain on Friday to immediately release its oil tanker which British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a..
Reuters - Published

IS wife and her children must be repatriated, rules German court

It said the couple's children would suffer if they stayed in Syria, in Germany's first such ruling.
BBC News - Published

Blast kills 11, wounds many in Syria's rebel-held Afrin

A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded many others on Thursday in the Syrian city of Afrin, which Turkey-backed rebels captured from Kurdish fighters last year, medical sources and a monitor said.
Reuters - Published

Germany must repatriate from Syria IS fighter's wife and children- court

A Berlin court has ruled that the Foreign Ministry should repatriate from Syria the German wife and three children of a suspected Islamic State fighter, a spokesman said on Thursday, adding that it was..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria investigations

A new team established by the global chemical weapons watchdog to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions in Syria will investigate nine alleged attacks during the country's civil war,..
Reuters - Published

Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden

President Bashar al-Assad's assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area out of his hands and shows why he will struggle to..
Reuters - Published

U.N., Syria close to agreeing constitutional committee: envoy

The United Nations is close to agreement with Syria on establishing a constitutional committee, the U.N. Secretary General's Syria envoy Geir Pedersen told reporters on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

UK and France 'to send more troops to Syria' after demands from Trump

US official says 'we have been disappointed' in efforts to persuade allies to commit more resources to Isis fight
Independent - Published

Moroccan jailed by Portugal for recruiting for Syrian war

A 65-year-old Moroccan citizen was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted by a Portuguese court of recruiting young people to fight in Syria.
Reuters - Published

'They want to kill you': Anger at Syrians erupts in Istanbul

At 2 am one Saturday night, Syrian brothers Mustafa and Ahmed were at home hunched over a screen watching live black and white security camera footage of men destroying their clothes shop.
Reuters - Published

Alleged Islamic State fighter on trial in Netherlands for war crimes

A Dutch-born alleged Islamic State militant went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday for war crimes committed in Iraq and Syria, after posing with a crucified body and sharing images of dead victims..
Reuters - Published

Syria replaces security chief: news reports

Syria's government has replaced one of its top security chiefs Jamil Hassan, a subject of Western sanctions, pro-Damascus social media sites reported.
Reuters - Published

Germany rejects Trump's call for ground troops in Syria

Germany on Monday rejected demands by the United States to deploy ground troops in Syria, a stance likely to anger President Donald Trump who wants Chancellor Angela Merkel to commit to a bigger..
Reuters - Published

Syrians return to their home city by Lebanese border in state-organized trip

Qusayr, a once bustling commercial hub in western Syria, has not seen any fighting since government troops, with the help of Lebanon's powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah group, drove out Sunni Muslim..
Reuters - Published

Iranian tanker wasn't headed to Syria: Iran deputy foreign minister

An Iranian tanker captured by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar was not headed to Syria, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday in a press conference broadcast live on state TV.
Reuters - Published

Russian-led assault in Syria leaves over 500 civilians dead: rights groups, rescuers

At least 544 civilians have been killed and over 2,000 people injured since a Russian-led assault on the last rebel bastion in northwestern Syria began two months ago, rights groups and rescuers said..
Reuters - Published

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