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Triple suicide attack near Damascus police HQ: Ministry

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up near the main police headquarters building in Syria’s capital Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least one person, the interior ministry said. Two of the suicide bombers detonated their explosives in front of the police headquarters on Khaled Bin al-Walid street in central Damascus, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media. “The terrorist suicide attackers tried to storm the police command headquarters... The guards ...

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies.“Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!.“Suddenly, everyone wants to get closer to Assad,” he said.“I see that there is now a long line of countries applauding and wooing Assad, including Western (and) moderate Muslim ...

ISIS claims deadly suicide attack in Syrian capital

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The ISIS group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day. In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in the al-Midan neighborhood with several bombs, before one of them blew himself up, according to Syria’s interior minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar. He said the other bomber made it inside the compound, where police killed him, causing his bomb to explode. The blasts ...

Deadly twin suicide attack hits Damascus police station

Monday, 2 October 2017

Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in Damascus on Monday, killing a number of civilians and policemen, the interior minister said, in the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July. Four militants carried out the attack, killing more than 10 people, the pro-Damascus TV channel al-Mayadeen said. Russia's RIA news agency reported that 15 people were killed. Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighborhood and clashed with police officers there, Interior Minister ...

Report: Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack

Friday, 22 September 2017

Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria’s borders.Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on screen. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the air strike, saying: “We do not respond to such reports.”Earlier this month, the Syrian army reported an Israeli air strike ...

Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths in the air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta town of Arbin marked the first civilian casualties since a Russian-backed truce in the area came into effect. The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities there on Saturday ...

US-backed SDF will retaliate if Syrian govt attacks again: spokesman

Monday, 19 June 2017

US-backed Syrian militias accused the Syrian government on Monday of bombing their positions southwest of Raqqa city in recent days and threatened to retaliate if the attacks continue. “The regime’s forces...have mounted large-scale attacks using planes, artillery, and tanks,” Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Talal Selo said in a statement. A US warplane shot down a Syrian army jet on Sunday southwest of Raqqa, with Washington saying the army had ...

Syria army declares 48-hour truce in southern city

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Syria’s army on Saturday declared a 48-hour ceasefire in the southern city of Daraa, bringing a cautious calm after days of heavy fighting.In a statement, the army’s general command said the truce went into effect at noon local time “in support of local reconciliation efforts.”The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, reported a cautious calm in the hours after the truce was announced.Daraa is among the areas included in a plan for ...

Syrian rebels say Syrian army plane downed east of Damascus

Monday, 5 June 2017

Two Syrian rebels and a war monitor said a Syrian military plane had come down about 50 km east of Damascus on Monday in rebel-held territory near a frontline with government-held land. "We have brought down a Syrian jet in Tel Dakwa area in rural Damasus and we are searching for the pilot," Saad al Haj, spokesman for Western backed Jaish Osoud al Sharqiya rebel group, told Reuters. Osoud al Sharqiya is one of the main groups fighting in the southeast Syrian desert, known ...

Syria war takes role in Ramadan television dramas

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The sound of the blast in Syria’s capital Damascus brought worried residents running, but rather than carnage they found a crew filming one of the country’s famed television drama series. Moments before, director Rasha Sharbatgi had been wielding her loudhailer, calling for silence before counting down to the controlled explosion. Onlookers arriving at the set near Arnus Square in central Damascus found a burning car and people lying on the ground. One swore in anger when he ...

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