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Syria's al-Qaida leader vows to fight on in rebel province
by Bassem Mroue - August 23, 2018 - 2:16am
The leader of Syria's al-Qaida affiliate has vowed to fight on in Idlib province, the country's last major rebel stronghold, in the face of a possible government offensive there.
Hezbollah appears to have gained in Lebanon vote
by Bassem Mroue - May 8, 2018 - 12:26am
The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and its political allies made significant gains in Sunday's parliamentary elections in Lebanon while the main Western-backed faction lost a third of its seats, according to preliminary...
Lebanon holds first elections in 9 years
by Bassem Mroue - May 6, 2018 - 2:36pm
Lebanon's polling stations opened Sunday for the first parliamentary elections in nine years, with people lining up early in the morning to take part in a vote that is fiercely contested between rival groups backed...
Syrian troops target IS tunnels, trenches in Damascus
by Bassem Mroue - 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...
Syrians displaced near capital recall years of deprivation
by Bassem Mroue - April 16, 2018 - 1:08am
Thousands of Syrians displaced by the battle for the once-lush suburbs of Damascus now find themselves in a crowded settlement, where for the first time in recent memory they have enough to eat.
Airstrikes on suburbs of Syrian capital claim more lives
by Bassem Mroue - February 25, 2018 - 2:38am
A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded yesterday
Battle looms for rebel-held Syrian province after IS defeat
by Bassem Mroue - January 8, 2018 - 7:02am
Syrian government forces and allied militiamen are advancing on the largest remaining rebel-held territory in the country's north, forcing thousands of civilians to flee toward the border with Turkey in freezing...
Syria says it shot down 3 Israeli missiles near Damascus
by Bassem Mroue - December 5, 2017 - 10:18pm
Syrian air defense units shot down three Israeli missiles that were targeting a military post near the capital, Damascus, only days after the Jewish state hit a military position nearby, Syria's state news agency...
Lebanese Cardinal: PM's return home from Saudi essential
by Bassem Mroue - November 14, 2017 - 12:00am
The head of the Maronite Catholic community in Lebanon said yesterday that the return of Prime Minister Saad Hariri back home from Saudi Arabia
Lebanon: Saudi should clarify why Hariri hasn't returned
by Bassem Mroue - November 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Lebanon's president called on Saudi Arabia yesterday to clarify the reasons why the country's prime minister has not returned home since his resignation last week
Lebanese PM who resigned from Saudi Arabia visits UAE
by Bassem Mroue - November 7, 2017 - 11:05pm
In a new twist in the saga of Lebanon's prime minister who resigned over the weekend from Saudi Arabia
Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS
by Bassem Mroue - October 21, 2017 - 10:10pm
Syrian government forces and their allies regained control yesterday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month.
US-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in 'a few days'
by Bassem Mroue - October 16, 2017 - 10:13pm
A US-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said ...
US-allied forces begin final assault on IS in Syria's Raqqa
by Bassem Mroue - October 15, 2017 - 7:11pm
US-backed Syrian fighters launched an operation to retake the last Islamic State-held pocket of the northern city of Raqqa on yesterday after some 275 militants and their family members surrendered.
Al-Qaida-linked fighters launch new attack in central Syria
by Bassem Mroue - October 6, 2017 - 7:23pm
Al-Qaida-linked fighters on yesterday attacked a key central Syrian village at the crossroads between areas under government control and those controlled by insurgents, activists said.
Syrian troops close to breaking IS siege in eastern city
by Bassem Mroue - September 4, 2017 - 11:02pm
Syrian government forces and their allies are on the verge of breaking a nearly three-year siege imposed by the Islamic State group on parts of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, opposition activists and state media...
Bomb planted by IS kills 3 Lebanese soldiers
by Bassem Mroue - August 20, 2017 - 9:16pm
Lebanon suffered its first casualties from a massive operation to drive the Islamic State group from an area along the Syrian border on yesterday when a roadside bomb killed three soldiers.
Syrian rebels leave Lebanese border area after truce deal
by Bassem Mroue - August 14, 2017 - 7:14pm
Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians started leaving the Lebanon-Syria border area yesterday after a deal was reached for their departure following days of delay, the media arm of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah...
Syria and monitoring group blast Turkey over civilian deaths
by Bassem Mroue - February 18, 2017 - 8:00am
The Syrian government and an opposition monitoring group condemned yesterday what they called Turkey's "crimes" against the Syrian people in the northern town of al-Bab that is controlled by the Islamic State group,...
Syrian troops, Turkey-backed forces surround IS stronghold
by Bassem Mroue - February 7, 2017 - 7:04am
Syrian pro-government forces advanced yesterday toward al-Bab, completing the encirclement of the Islamic State-held town which had been partially besieged by Turkey-backed opposition forces, state media and an activist...
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