IN PICTURES: Aleppo one year after Assad’s recapture, what’s different?

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Assad regime supporters are celebrating the first anniversary of the recapture of Aleppo from opposition groups in December 2016. With the support of Russian air strikes, Assad's troops took control of the city once known as Syria’s commercial capital and one of it’s largest. The city that turned into a divided battleground with rebel forces controlling the east, and government forces in the west, took the lives of thousands of people, mostly civilians. So how did war-torn Aleppo ...

Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine, Commander of Syrian forces, killed in Deir al-Zor

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Brigadier general of the Republican Guard and the commander of operations in Deir al-Zor, Issam Zahreddine, was killed in a mine explosion in the Hawija-Sakr area inside the city of Deir al-Zor, according to Syrian media.Zahreddine played a role in the progress made by the Syrian army forces in the city of Deir al-Zor, and the surrounding areas, which reached strategic fields in the city.Zahreddine led army operations against the armed opposition in Homs and Aleppo, before moving to the eastern ...

ICRC: Syria fighting worst since Aleppo, civilian casualties mount

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The worst fighting since the battle for eastern Aleppo last year is raging in several regions of Syria, causing hundreds of civilian casualties, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday. Up to 10 hospitals have been reportedly damaged in the past 10 days, cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from access to health care, the aid agency said in a statement voicing alarm at the situation from Raqqa to Idlib and eastern Ghouta. “For ...

More than 600,000 Syrians return home, mainly to Aleppo: UN

Monday, 14 August 2017

More than 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year, with most of them heading to Aleppo, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration. Between January and the end of July, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned to their homes, many of them citing an improved economic and security situation in the areas they had fled from, IOM said in a statement. A total of 84 percent of those who have returned had taken refuge elsewhere within ...

IN PICTURES: Historic Aleppo hotel conjures up nostalgia for a Syria lost

Monday, 31 July 2017

On the terrace of the Baron Hotel in Aleppo, the owner's widow, Roubina Tashjian, sorted through old photographs of its happier past in a more peaceful Syria. Founded by an Armenian family in 1911, the Baron played host to adventurers, writers, kings, aviators, Bedouin chiefs and presidents until war forced it to close five years ago. Tashjian sees the Baron as part of a Syria that values religious and ethnic diversity, openness to the outside world, culture and respect for the country's great ...

UN says over 200,000 have fled Syria’s Raqqa since April

Friday, 28 July 2017

Over 200,000 civilians have fled their homes in Syria around the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa since April 1, including over 30,000 displaced just this month as US-backed Syrian fighters try to oust the extremists, a senior UN humanitarian official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller told the UN Security Council in a video briefing from Amman, Jordan, that “an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people remain inside Raqqa city, ...

Photos: Great Mosque of Aleppo - Saga of survival

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Umayyad Caliph Suleyman built the The Great Mosque of Aleppo in 717 CE. The mosque was altered several times but it still stands as one of the greatest Islamic architectures of the Muslim world. But the destruction of this mosque or "Al Game’e” as the people of Aleppo call it was not the first of its kind in history, it suffered from fires and wars that destroyed it in the past. The sultans, the Seljuks, the Mamluks and the Ottomans, repaired it amending it with many extensions ...

Report: CIA halting support for Syria rebels

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is shutting down its program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.Citing unnamed US officials, the Post said the four-year-old covert operation has had limited impact, especially since Russian forces stepped in to support Assad in 2015.President Donald Trump made the decision to drop the program nearly a month ago, according to the Post, after meeting with CIA chief Mike Pompeo and ...

ISIS withdraws from Syria's Aleppo, nearby villages

Friday, 30 June 2017

The ISIS group no longer has a presence in Syria’s Aleppo province after withdrawing from a series of villages where regime forces were advancing, a monitor said on Friday. “ISIS withdrew from 17 towns and villages and is now effectively outside of Aleppo province after having a presence there for four years,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Regime forces had been advancing on a sliver of southeastern Aleppo province around a key highway ...

ISIS kills more than 50 in central Syria attack

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The ISIS group killed more than 50 people in an attack on two government-held villages in central Syria’s Hama province on Thursday, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack on two villages killed 15 civilians and 27 pro-government fighters, with another 10 bodies yet to be identified as government fighters or local residents. ISIS also lost 15 fighters in the attack, the monitor said. Thursday’s attack comes as government forces are on ...

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