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Syria's al-Assad hopes Astana talks will lead to dialogue with rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said he hopes that peace talks planned next week in Astana will set the scene for a future dialogue between his government and opposition groups.

Syrian government, opposition decide teams for peace talks in Astana

Syria's ambassador to the UN will lead his country's delegation to Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks in Astana, while a top figure in the hardline Army of Islam faction will lead the...

Syrian troops move on Damascus water source after mediator killed

Syrian government forces Sunday advanced on the source of Damascus's water supply in the Barada valley north-west of the capital, after pulling repair crews out following the killing of a mediator...

Syrian regime and Islamic State launch offensives in desert, east

Government forces Saturday started a major assault on Islamic State positions near Palmyra in Syria's central desert, while the jihadists launched an attack on the last government enclave in the...

Syria accuses Israel of attacking key airbase near Damascus

Syria Friday accused Israel of bombarding a major airbase near Damascus, saying the attack was aimed at helping "terrorists" in the war-ravaged country. 

Syrian government pushes to regain Damascus water source from rebels

Syrian government forces on Thursday advanced into a rebel-held area near the capital Damascus where the city's water source is located, a monitoring group reported.

Monitor: Syrian regime begins attack to retake Damascus water supply

Syrian regime forces and militants of the allied Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah started a wide-scale attack on rebel-held areas north-west of Damascus on Tuesday, which include the capital's...

Fight over Damascus water source resumes after short-lived calm

Fighting resumed Sunday around the Ein al-Fijeh spring that is the source of the Syrian capital Damascus' water supply, a government military source and a monitoring group said.

Violence persists near Damascus amid shaky truce in Syria

Syrian regime forces Friday shelled a rebel area near the capital Damascus killing at least two people in a further violation of a week-old ceasefire, a monitoring group said.

Car bombing in Syrian government stronghold kills 15, monitor says

At least 15 people, mainly civilians, were killed on Thursday in a car bombing that hit a government stronghold in Syria, a monitoring group reported. 

Violence near Damascus rattles Syria's fragile truce

Syrian regime forces mounted air and shelling attacks against rebel areas near the capital Damascus on Wednesday amid growing worries about the fate of a shaky ceasefire that went into effect last...

Suicide attack in Syrian port leaves at least two soldiers dead

Two members of a Syrian security force patrol were killed in a suicide attack in the port of Tartus on Sunday, according to a source in the Syrian forces.

Two killed, 33 injured in Aleppo blasts: Syrian state media

Two people were killed and 33 injured in blasts caused by explosives left behind by rebel fighters before their departure this week from their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, Syria's state news...

Evacuation of eastern Aleppo complete, Syrian media and watchdog say

The evacuation of the last rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo was completed on Thursday, Syrian government media and watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Officials: Aleppo evacuation suspended, bus driver killed in attack

A Syrian military official says that the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo has been suspended until wounded people are allowed leave the besieged government-held villages of Foua and...