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Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus
by Albert Aji - April 25, 2018 - 2:38am
The Syrian government launched a new operation yesterday targeting tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, state TV said, while shelling by the extremists on a government-held neighborhood left at...
Syria calls US threats to attack it 'reckless'
by Albert Aji - April 12, 2018 - 12:00am
Syria on yesterday called US threats to attack it "reckless" and said they display a lack of "wisdom and logic" and endanger international peace and security.
Syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels
by Albert Aji - January 29, 2017 - 4:10am
Syrian government troops gained control of the village that houses the main water source for Damascus yesterday, as fighters begin to evacuate, in a major development that caps weeks of fighting in the area, according...
At least 28 killed in violence in Syria's capital and Aleppo
by Albert Aji - April 25, 2016 - 4:12pm
Violence in Syria continued for the fourth straight day to chip away at what remains from a cease-fire that has effectively collapsed
Syrian rebels fire barrage of mortar shells into capital
by Albert Aji - December 13, 2015 - 2:31pm
Rebels entrenched in an eastern suburb of Damascus fired volleys of mortar shells into the Syrian capital on yesterday, killing three people, including a child, and wounding 33, Syria's state-run news agency and...
Fierce battles in central Syria amid Russian airstrikes
by Albert Aji - October 10, 2015 - 5:06pm
Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes seized control of a village in central Syria on yesterday amid fierce clashes with rebels, part of a ground offensive launched earlier this week.
Syrian official welcomes UN mediator's resignation
by Albert Aji - May 17, 2014 - 7:20am
A Syrian official on Wednesday welcomed the resignation of Lakhdar Brahimi as the joint United Nations-Arab League envoy for Syria, calling for the appointment of a "more objective" mediator.
Syria opens presidential campaign as war rages on
by Albert Aji - May 12, 2014 - 6:41am
On billboards and in posters taped to car windows, new portraits of President Bashar Assad filled the streets of Damascus on yesterday as Syria officially opened its presidential campaign despite a crippling civil...
Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus
by Albert Aji - April 15, 2014 - 6:32am
Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid...
Syria's Assad makes rare visit to tense area
by Albert Aji - March 13, 2014 - 3:45am
In a rare public appearance, President Bashar Assad on yesterday visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the country's capital, where he vowed to keep up the fight against gunmen whom he blamed for driving...
UN chief pushes for quick return to Syria talks
by Albert Aji - February 2, 2014 - 5:48am
The United Nations' secretary-general pressed the US and Russia to help ensure that peace talks aimed at stemming Syria's civil war can soon resume, while Russia's foreign minister said yesterday that it was "very...
Syrian troops, rebels clash south of Damascus
by Albert Aji - November 13, 2013 - 5:22am
Syrian troops clashed with rebels on the southern outskirts of Damascus on yesterday, activists said, part of a weeks long government advance to retake opposition-held areas around the capital and in the northern...
Syrian children return to school amid war
by Albert Aji - September 20, 2013 - 3:18am
Facing extraordinary challenges, millions of Syrian children in government-controlled areas returned to school this week despite the civil war that has left almost 4,000 schools — one in five — damaged,...
Syria vows to defend itself as pressure grows
by Albert Aji - August 28, 2013 - 3:51am
Syria's foreign minister said yesterday his country would defend itself using "all means available" in case of a US strike, denying his government was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging...
Syria agrees to UN probe of purported attacks
by Albert Aji - August 26, 2013 - 3:41am
Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on yesterday to allow a team of international experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media and the UN ...
Syrian rebels shell neighborhood close to Assad
by Albert Aji - August 9, 2013 - 5:00am
Rockets and mortar shells hit an upscale Damascus neighborhood Thursday where Syrian President Bashar Assad was visiting a nearby mosque, laying bare the ability of rebels to strike one of the most secure areas of...
Many Muslims start Ramadan fast amid turmoil
by Albert Aji - July 11, 2013 - 2:14am
Muslims began observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan across the Middle East on yesterday, even as the region is shaken by the crisis in Egypt and the UN food agency warned that Syria's civil war...
Bomb tears through Damascus, killing 13 people
by Albert Aji - May 1, 2013 - 4:18am
A powerful bomb rocked central Damascus on Tuesday, killing 13 people according to Syrian TV, and sowing fear and chaos in a busy commercial district of the capital for the second consecutive day.
Syrian premier escapes bomb attack in Damascus
by Albert Aji - April 30, 2013 - 5:00am
Syria's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt Monday when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, in the latest attack to target a top government official.
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