Blast rocks government-controlled Aleppo known for hosting Iran-backed fighters

Sunday, 15 April 2018

An explosion rocked an area in northern Syria Saturday near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, a monitor said.The origin of the blast was not immediately clear and could have been caused by an air strike or an incident at an ammunition depot, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.“A powerful explosion went off late Saturday in an area of southern Aleppo province,” the Britain-based monitoring group said.The war ...

Is eastern Ghouta another East Aleppo?

Thursday, 8 March 2018

The regime of Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russia, is steamrolling Ghouta day after day. The situation appears similar to the Aleppo siege, which ended by the end of 2016 with the evacuation of the last standing rebels with their families in the snow. The direction of those who fled Aleppo was Idlib. Air strikes, artillery shelling, chemical weapons, starvation and much more was resorted to in order to crush East Aleppo’s rebellion.The suburbs of Damascus are witnessing the same awful ...

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How Syrian child refugee Bana al-Abed made it to the Oscars

Monday, 5 March 2018

While rapper Common and singer Andra Day performed their Oscar nominated song, Stand Up for Something, a row of people standing behind them under dramatic lighting grabbed the attention of audiences worldwide. The line of ‘heroes’ as Common called them, all have unique stories, including Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors and the ‘Me ...

ISIS fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions

Friday, 9 February 2018

ISIS fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the militants to reach the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib. A military news outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah ...

Syrian army deploys new air defenses in Aleppo and Idlib

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday. "The Syrian army calls up new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to areas on the frontlines with the militants in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib," the commander told Reuters. "They cover the air space of the Syrian north."

Aircraft attack civilian convoy on Syrian highway, at least seven killed

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Warplanes have hit a convoy of civilians fleeing along a major Syrian highway, rescuers and a witness said on Saturday. It took place in an area where Syrian and Iranian-backed troops were pushing, with air cover, towards a rebel-held town in northwestern Idlib province, they said. Syrian soldiers and Iranian-backed militiamen were now around 12 km from Saraqeb, advancing towards the Damascus-Aleppo highway under cover of heavy Russian air strikes, two opposition sources said. Rescuers said ...

King Salman aid center launches urgent relief packages to Aleppo, Idlib

Friday, 2 February 2018

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre has started its campaign on urgent nutritional aid for displaced individuals from Aleppo and Idlib. The relief packages are for those who escaped their homes and reside in make-shift camps. The relief center’s first batch of packages, dispatched on Saturday, Jan. 27, will be delivered to 12,106 individuals. The center aims to expand the size of relief package project extended to the Syrian people through working on numerous projects ...

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 ...

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