Syria's War

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Two key borders reopen in a major boost to the Syrian government as it takes over most rebels areas.

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Syria's War

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without fighters leaving

Armed groups were supposed to withdraw from the buffer as a final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish agreement.

Jordan

Jordan and Syria to reopen border

Passage 'vital to trade' between Jordan and Syria will reopen on Monday for first time in three years, say officials.

Jordan and Syria agree to reopen Naseeb border crossing

Syria's War

Shells fired from buffer zone, soldiers killed: Monitor

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels, government forces exchanged fire, violating deal to remove heavy arms.

Shells fired from Syria buffer zone, soldiers killed: SOHR

Opinion

Decentralisation in Syria: A lesser evil

History shows that decentralisation could be an effective way to resolve tensions in diverse societies.

Leonid Issaev

by Leonid Issaev
- Andrey Zakharov

Leonid Issaev

Battle for Idlib

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Withdrawal of heavy arms by rebel groups fulfills first part of Russian-Turkish deal to avoid Idlib assault.

Syria: Rebels comply and pull heavy weapons out of Idlib

Europe

Far-right German NGO visits Syria, tells refugees to return

Alternative Help Association says Syria, where more than 500,000 have been killed, is a safe country to return to.

Far-right German NGO visits Syria, tells refugees to return

Opinion

Sectarian conflicts in the Middle East can be resolved

Sectarianism is a modern-day phenomenon in the Middle East and should be addressed as such.

Marwan Kabalan

by Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan

Middle East

Syria's Assad grants amnesty to army deserters

The amnesty offer however, does not cover those who fought against the government or joined rebels during the civil war.

Syria's Assad offers amnesty to army deserters

Syria's War

Syria rebels begin moving heavy arms from Idlib buffer zone

The move is part of a deal signed between Russia, a Syrian government ally, and Turkey, which backs the rebels.

UpFront

Why is Iran backing Syria?

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks with UpFront about Syria and whether the nuclear deal was a mistake.

Why is Iran backing Syria?

Turkey

Erdogan: Turkey will not leave Syria until an election is held

Erdogan says Turkish troops stationed in Syria since August 2016 will remain until 'Syrians hold an election'.

Erdogan: Turkey will not leave Syria until an election is held

Syria's War

Russia delivers S-300 missile system to Syria

Russia's defence minister confirms delivery of the long-range surface-to-air missile to Syrian army.

Russia delivers S-300 missile system to Syria

Malaysia

Malaysia detains Syrian refugee who lived at airport

Al Kontar, 37, had been living in Kuala Lumpur International Airport since March, after being denied entry to Cambodia.

Malaysia detains Hassan Al Kontar after removing him from airport

Syria's War

Iran fires missiles into Syria over parade attack

Missiles and drone attack target fighters in southeastern Syria blamed for a deadly attack on a military parade in Iran.

Iran fires missiles into Syria over parade attack