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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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Syrian state media: projectiles fired from Israeli territory

Syrian air defenses targeted projectiles fired from the direction of Israel for the second night in a row, Syrian state media said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Amid lull in air strikes, rebels reinforce NW Syria frontlines

Air strikes stopped in northwest Syria over the past 12 hours, rescuers said on Saturday, as Turkey-backed rebels arrived at the fronts to help fight the army and its Russian ally.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Syria

Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to afford medicine [Video]Syrian refugees in Lebanon unable to afford medicine

At least 180,000 Syrian refugees suffer from a chronic disease, but struggle to pay for basic medical care.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Syria bombings: UN says 'worst fears are coming true' in Idlib [Video]Syria bombings: UN says 'worst fears are coming true' in Idlib

Hospitals and schools bombed by Syrian forces aided by Russia, UN says, putting millions at risk in rebel stronghold.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves [Video]After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border without enough food and no place else to go. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:09Published

Syrian gov't 'seeking to sabotage' Turkey-Russia relations [Video]Syrian gov't 'seeking to sabotage' Turkey-Russia relations

Turkey's Erdogan says de-escalation deal signed with Russia at risk as Syrian government presses on with Idlib assault.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Pope gives migrant children ride on popemobile [Video]Pope gives migrant children ride on popemobile

Pope Francis has given eight migrant children a ride in his popemobile around St Peter's Square during his weekly audience. The children recently arrived in Italy and hail from Syria, Nigeria and..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:55Published

Iran's Supreme Leader says there will be no war with U.S. [Video]Iran's Supreme Leader says there will be no war with U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday there would be no war with the United States, amid mounting tensions between the countries over Iranian nuclear capabilities, its missile..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:41Published

Putin tells Pompeo he wants to 'fully restore' US-Russian ties [Video]Putin tells Pompeo he wants to 'fully restore' US-Russian ties

US secretary of state met Russian president and foreign minister to discuss Iran, Ukraine, Venezuela and Syria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Syrian families search for over 140,000 detained or missing [Video]Syrian families search for over 140,000 detained or missing

Eight years into the Syrian Civil War, families are trying to find those detained or missing.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:52Published

Syrian Army Launches 'Intensive Strikes' On 'Terrorists' In Idlib Countryside [Video]Syrian Army Launches 'Intensive Strikes' On 'Terrorists' In Idlib Countryside

According to a report by CNN, on Sunday, the Syrian army launched 'intensive strikes on dens of Jabhat-al-Nusra,' a group formerly affiliated with al Qaeda, in a village in southwestern Idlib province...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:40Published

Syria's war: NGOs suspend aid to embattled Idlib province. [Video]Syria's war: NGOs suspend aid to embattled Idlib province.

Humanitarian groups have ceased operating in Idlib, citing safety of their employees as violence in the area grows.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Syrian troops capture strategic town from rebels: Residents [Video]Syrian troops capture strategic town from rebels: Residents

Assad government forces take the entire town of Qalaat al-Madiq in northwest Syria during rapid offensive in Idlib.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Idlib air raids kill several amid heaviest fighting in months [Video]Idlib air raids kill several amid heaviest fighting in months

Syrian government forces, Russia, bombard residential areas in suburbs of Idlib and Aleppo, activists and medics say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

No turning back: Syrian Kurds reshape region with books and school [Video]No turning back: Syrian Kurds reshape region with books and school

As Kurdish leaders hold about a quarter of Syria, the biggest chunk outside state hands, they shift their attention to education, teaching their children in the Kurdish language. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:29Published

Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify [Video]Dozens killed as Russian, Syrian air attacks in Idlib intensify

Escalation raises fears that a truce that lasted almost eight months in Idlib will be declared over.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:14Published

Syria bombs 'safe zone', killing four civilians [Video]Syria bombs 'safe zone', killing four civilians

Schools, health facilities and residential areas have all been hit, making it the worst barrel bombing in 15 months.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:48Published

Facebook Stops 49 Groups Organized By Looters To Sell Stolen Artifacts [Video]Facebook Stops 49 Groups Organized By Looters To Sell Stolen Artifacts

According to Business Insider, "Looters are selling stolen antiquities from Syria on Facebook, a BBC investigation has found. Working in cooperation with Syrian archaeologists, the BBC monitored..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

The shell-beaten minarets of Aleppo's Old City [Video]The shell-beaten minarets of Aleppo's Old City

The sorry state of Aleppo's Old City, a labyrinthine World Heritage Site and a battlefield from 2012-16, is obvious from a glance across the skyline at its shell-beaten minarets. Sarah Charlton..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:32Published

Syria: US sanctions on Iran lead to fuel shortages [Video]Syria: US sanctions on Iran lead to fuel shortages

How Syrians living in government-controlled areas are dealing with a major fuel shortage.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video [Video]ISIL chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears in propaganda video

Unclear when footage was filmed but Baghdadi purportedly refers to Sri Lanka attacks and fight for Syria's Baghouz.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

ISIS Releases Video Of Man Said To Be Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi [Video]ISIS Releases Video Of Man Said To Be Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

ISIS has released what it says is a new video message from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for his first video appearance in five years. In the video, a man who is referred to as Baghdadi sits on the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:53Published

Israel Says It Will Release Two Prisoners After Recovering Remains Of Missing Soldier [Video]Israel Says It Will Release Two Prisoners After Recovering Remains Of Missing Soldier

According to a report by Reuters, Israeli and Syrian officials said that Israel will release two prisoners after the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 were recovered by Russian special..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:38Published

Israel Will Release Two Prisoners In Return For Soldier's Remains [Video]Israel Will Release Two Prisoners In Return For Soldier's Remains

According to a report by Reuters, Israel will release two prisoners after the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 were recovered by Russian special forces in Syria. This month, Russia, a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:36Published

Israel to Free Two Syrian Prisoners After Recovering Soldier's Remains [Video]Israel to Free Two Syrian Prisoners After Recovering Soldier's Remains

According to Reuters, Israel will release two prisoners after the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 were recovered by Russian special forces in Syria. Russia this month handed over the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Sri Lankan police find explosives after shooting erupts during raid [Video]Sri Lankan police find explosives after shooting erupts during raid

Sri Lankan police found explosives and exchanged fire with a group of men during a raid in the east of the country in the town of Ampara Sainthamaruthu near Batticaloa. Rough cut - no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

 

Syrian state TV says Hmeimim air base defenses thwart projectiles

Syrian air defenses in the Hmeimim air base thwarted projectiles and drones fired by militant groups, Syrian state TV said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Syrian TV says Damascus targeted 'from direction of' Israel

Loud blasts echoed across Damascus late on Friday, residents said, as Syrian state media reported "enemy targets" coming from the direction of Israel, which has previously acknowledged conducting..
Reuters - Published

Western powers clash at U.N. with Russia, Syria, on Syrian hospital attacks

The United Nations said on Friday at least 18 health centers have been attacked in the past three weeks in northwestern Syria, prompting a confrontation between western powers and Russia and Syria at..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Syrian government forces violating Idlib ceasefire

Turkey said on Friday Syrian government forces were violating a ceasefire agreement reached with Russia for Syria's Idlib.
Reuters - Published

Thousands attend funeral of Lebanon's war-era Maronite patriarch

Lebanese political leaders and thousands of other people gathered on Thursday for the funeral of the former Maronite patriarch, Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, who pushed for Syrian forces to leave Lebanon..
Reuters - Published

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border without enough food and no place else to go.
Reuters - Published

Rocket strike on Syria refugee camp kills 10 civilians: U.N.

At least 10 civilians were killed and 30 wounded in Syria by a rocket strike on the Neirab camp for Palestinian refugees close to the city of Aleppo on Tuesday night, the United Nations said in a..
Reuters - Published

U.S.-backed forces crack down on Islamic State fighters in Syria's Deir al Zor

U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said on Wednesday they had begun a campaign against "terrorists" linked to Islamic State in a strategic town in the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor that..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan and Putin agree to convene working group on Syria soon: Turkish minister

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed that a working group on Syria's northwest should convene as soon as possible, Turkey's foreign minister said on..
Reuters - Published

Tommy Robinson sued for £100,000 damages by Syrian refugee boy over Huddersfield comments

Tommy Robinson is being sued for allegedly defaming a Syrian refugee boy who was filmed being attacked at his school in Huddersfield.
Independent - Published

British general declines to restate remarks on Iran-backed militia threat

A senior British officer in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would not reiterate that he perceived no increased threat from an Iran-backed militia, when reporters pressed..
Reuters - Published

No increased threat from Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria-British general

There has been no increase in the threat from Iran-backed militia against U.S.-led coalition forces battling remnants of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior British officer in the coalition told..
Reuters - Published

Turkey and Russia discuss reducing tension in Syria's Idlib

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart discussed by phone developments in Syria's Idlib province and measures to reduce tension in the area, the Turkish Defense Ministry said..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan tells Putin: Syria targeting Turkish-Russian ties by ceasefire violations in Idlib

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the Syria government targeted the Turkish-Russian cooperation in Idlib by violating the agreed ceasefire, a statement..
Reuters - Published

Rebels launch counterattack in northwest Syria: statement

Rebels said they mounted a counterattack on Monday against government forces in northwestern Syria, ramping up battles in the country's last major insurgent stronghold.
Reuters - Published

UK, France and Germany say gravely concerned at escalation in Syrian fighting

Britain, Germany and France called on Monday for an end to the military escalation in north western Syria, saying they were gravely concerned at recent violence which had led to the death of more than..
Reuters - Published

Turkish court hands 53 life sentences to car bomb planner: Anadolu

A Turkish court on Monday handed down 53 life sentences without parole to a man who authorities said planned a 2013 bomb attack near the Syrian border that killed dozens of people, state-owned Anadolu..
Reuters - Published

Lebanese Maronite patriarch who opposed Syrian army presence dies

Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite church who presented himself as a champion of Christian rights and pushed for Syrian forces to leave his country, died early on..
Reuters - Published

Turkish defense minister says Syrian forces must halt attacks in northwest Syria

Turkey's defense minister said Syrian government forces need to halt attacks in northwestern Syria, state-owned Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Iran sent oil shipment to Syria, easing fuel crisis: source

Syria received its first foreign oil supplies for six months last week, with the arrival of two shipments including one from Iran, a source familiar with Iranian oil shipments said, easing the war-torn..
Reuters - Published

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