ISIS is losing ground fast in Syria to separate campaigns waged by the Russian-backed Syrian government on the one hand, and to US-backed Kurdish forces and their allies on the other.
About 2,000 ISIS fighters are estimated to remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa, fighting for their survival in the face of an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a senior US official said on Friday.
There are detailed plans for the old city’s great medieval mosques, souks, bath houses and citadel from an earlier restoration that should allow exact reconstruction.
Syria’s ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas said an Indian delegation has made several trips to Syria and Iraq in the past to seek information about them.
Founded in 1911, the Baron Hotel played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until the war forced it to close down.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
The US, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the UN Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes.
In eastern Aleppo, bodies still lie under the rubble, graveyards are full and children take classes in mosques because their schools have been ruined by war.
The ceasefire has halted all fighting in areas near the Lebanese border town of Arsal where Hezbollah launched its assault on Nusra Front militants last week.
In its war against ISIS, the Trump administration has escalated its military intervention in the Middle East from extermination to straight up annihilation.
An over-emphasis on environmental stress overlooks the role of politics and economics in shaping the socio-economic landscape of the war in Syria.
Repatriating the dead militants to their home countries is a sensitive issue for governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The campaign for Syrian refugees has been launched in an attempt to foster friendships across a border hostile for decades.
Trump halts CIA’s covert programme to equip and train rebel groups fighting the government of the Syrian President, a move sought by Assad ally Russia.
Fakhri Hassan Al Issa, however, said that he could not confirm the presence of 39 Indian hostages in Iraq or if they were even alive.
Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri said the army would carry out an operation in a Syrian border area that has been a base for militants including jihadist groups.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mitsura adopted a neutral tone describing the talks, claiming there was “no breakthrough, no breakdown and no one walking out”.
Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had “confirmed” that Baghdadi had been killed, but Western and Iraqi officials have been sceptical.
The bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a gathering of Hayat Tahrir al Sham rebels affiliated with al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, at a textile factory.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump said: “It doesn’t make sense not to have some kind of relationship.”
A Syrian artist has created images to show world leaders what they would look like if they weren’t born with the privileges they have.
The United States, Russia and Jordan reached the “de-escalation agreement,” at the G20 summit, ahead of the UN-based peace talks set to open this week.
Previous similar ceasefires have failed to hold for long and it was not clear how much the actual combatants are committed to this latest effort.
Catherine Marchi-Uhel was appointed by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres to lead a panel called the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism.
By running amok in conflict zones since taking power, Trump might have finally inspired lawmakers to revoke the post-9/11 congressional war authorisation.
“We don’t dare come out of our houses…. There is death everywhere, the stench of death, of destruction. It’s terrifying.”
Assad’s portrait was printed on a 2000 pound note that went into circulation on Sunday.
The authorities said that the bomb was one of three meant to target crowded areas on Sunday, the first work day after Eid al-Fitr The other two were disarmed.
The leaning minaret of Mosul’s Grand al-Nuri Mosque lies in ruins after three years of Islamic State rule and the oppositions’ battle to reclaim it.
The Syrian government rejected report by international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in April attack.
Eighty African refugees were rescued and brought to the southern Italian port of Brindisi, where they said that their boat originally carried around 140 people.
While the conflict is far from over and millions are still displaced, “this is a significant trend and a significant number,” according to the UNHCR.
The world’s chemical weapons watchdog said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an attack in northern Syria in April that killed dozens of people.
While Trump’s own legislature readies sanctions for Russia and investigates his administration for Russian collusion, the pair will meet on the sidelines of the July 7-8 summit of G20 nations in Hamburg.
The warning was based on intelligence indicating Syria prepping for such a strike, and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said, “It appears that they took the warning seriously”.
Russia denounced the warning and dismissed the reports of a strike was being prepared as “unacceptable”.
Testimonies from residents of war torn cities like Mosul and Raqqa confirm the horrors that the new International Committee for Red Cross report shows – nearly 50% of the total civilian casualties reported worldwide come from Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
“We’re here today to say that in cooking, in the kitchen, there are no differences. We’re all the same, we’re all human.”
After a US warplane shot down a Syrian Army fighter jet, Russia warned the US it would treat their planes in the conflict zone as potential targets.
The Syrian regime claimed that the US-led coalition was trying to undermine its efforts, while the US claimed that the jet was taken down in self-defence .