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March 6, 2018 11:15 PM Russian cargo plane crashes at Syrian air base, killing 39

MOSCOW—A Russian military cargo plane crashed as it was descending to land at an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 people onboard, the Russian Defence Ministry said. The Russian military said an An-26, with 33 passengers and six crew members onboard, crashed just 500 metres from the runway. The military blamed the crash on a technical error 15

March 5, 2018 10:17 AM Aid convoy starts to enter Syria's eastern Ghouta

Delivery would be first to the region in nearly three weeks An international aid convoy crossed a final Syrian army checkpoint and began to enter the besieged, rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, a Reuters witness said on Monday. Separately, Ali al-Za'tari, a senior United Nations official with the convoy, told Reuters it would take "many hours" to offload 28

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 5, 2018 3:42 PM 2 Canadians freed in Syria were trying to bring children back to Canada: source

Jolly Bimbachi flew to Lebanon in November to reunite with her sons Two Canadians who were recently released by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria were detained while trying to take two young children back to Canada, CBC News has learned. Jolly Bimbachi of Chatham, Ont., travelled to Lebanon in November to find Omar Ahmad, 8, and Abdal-Geniy Ahmad, 7, after 26

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 21, 2018 10:32 AM Turkish troops attack Kurdish enclave in northern Syria

Target is militia known as People's Protection Units, or YPG, which Turkey considers a terror group Turkish troops and Syrian opposition forces attacked a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria on Sunday in their bid to drive a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia from the region. Turkish officials said the troops entered the enclave of Afrin a day after dozens of Turkish 35

January 14, 2018 9:03 PM Turkey vows imminent strike on Kurdish enclave in Syria

President Erdogan says he expects U.S. 'to support Turkey in its legitimate efforts' to combat terror Turkey's president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days" and urged the U.S. to support its efforts. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation against the Afrin enclave 31

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 35