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February 21, 2018 2:35 PM Syrian forces extend assault on rebel-held suburbs as new airstrikes kill 10

At least 260 people have been killed since Sunday night, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. BEIRUT—New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding 26

February 10, 2018 7:27 AM Israel, citing Iranian drone launched from Syria, strikes back with force

Israel says it is holding Iran directly responsible for the violation of airspace The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country early Saturday and struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty." The military said its planes faced heavy 27

February 8, 2018 7:56 PM Syrian warplanes kill 59, injure 139 in Eastern Ghouta, monitor says

Rebel-held region outside Damascus getting pounded, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Syrian government air strikes killed about 60 civilians, including 15 children, and injured 139 others on Thursday, the fourth day of attacks against a rebel-held region, a war monitor reported. Warplanes pounded various parts of eastern Ghouta, a besieged 30

February 3, 2018 5:52 PM Pilot killed after Syrian rebels down Russian warplane

Plane crashed close to key highway connecting Damascus and Aleppo A Russian pilot who ejected from his fighter jet after it was shot down in northwestern Syria on Saturday was killed by militants after he landed alive on the ground and resisted capture by an al-Qaeda-linked group, Syrian monitors and a Syrian militant said. The Russian news agency TASS quoted 22

January 9, 2018 2:52 PM Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes aimed at area near Damascus, Golan Heights

Israeli doesn't confirm actions, but Netanyahu says country is trying to deter Hezbollah Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missiles struck Syria early on Tuesday, Syria's army said, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated he would do what was needed to stop Hezbollah gaining "game-changing" Iranian weapons. The Syrian army said in a statement 36

October 23, 2017 10:52 AM Dozens of dead civilians found in town taken from ISIS

Residents gunned down for co-operating with government, activists say The bodies of at least 67 Syrian civilians, many summarily killed by ISIS, have been discovered in a central town in Syria retaken from the extremist group by government troops over the weekend, activists said Monday. The news of the gruesome find in the town of Qaryatayn, in Homs province 20

September 9, 2017 10:00 AM Syrian chocolatier family opens new factory in Antigonish

Peace by Chocolate plans to hire 10 more employees and employ refugees from across Canada That dream eventually grew into a tiny shop for Peace By Chocolate, based out of a shed in Antigonish, N.S. But the Hadhad family didn't stop there — and Saturday afternoon they opened their very own, fully equipped chocolate factory. More than 200 people gathered 125

September 7, 2017 10:43 AM Israel hits Syria target reportedly tied to chemical weapons

Syrian army said Israel targeted a military site in Hama province early on Thursday which a war monitor said could be linked to chemical weapons production. The air strike killed two soldiers and caused damage near the town of Masyaf, an army statement said. It warned of the "dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability 21

September 2, 2017 11:02 AM Syria may be in ruins, but it looks like Assad 'has won the war militarily'

In southern Syria’s chilly late winter of 2011, a scrap of schoolboy graffiti that read “Your turn, Doctor” — a mocking call for the ouster of President Bashar Assad — helped spark a ferocious civil war that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. Now, there is a growing diplomatic consensus that Assad, the 51-year-old ophthalmologist 37

August 20, 2017 12:07 PM Syria's Assad rejects security co-operation with the West

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has blasted the West, rejecting any security co-operation or reopening of embassies in Damascus before those countries cut relations with opposition groups. Assad's defiant comments on Sunday come at a time when his troops are gaining ground around the country and many countries have ceased calling for him to step down. In a speech 16