Gulf Times - Syria
Syria must be more secure before refugees return, says Merkel

Syria must be more secure before refugees return, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday on a visit to Lebanon that conditions in Syria are not yet right for refugees to return, an issue which has led to a dispute between Lebanon's foreign minister and the UN refugee agency.

Syrian army 'drops barrel bombs in southwest assault'

Syrian army 'drops barrel bombs in southwest assault'

A war monitor reported Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year.

Syrian rebel warns of "volcanoes of fire" if Assad attacks south

Syrian rebel warns of "volcanoes of fire" if Assad attacks south

Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face "volcanoes of fire" if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

Syrian, Iraqi forces say US bombs military border positions, US denies

Syrian, Iraqi forces say US bombs military border positions, US denies

Syrian state media said on Monday that US-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the US military denied it was responsible.

Assad performs Eid prayer in rare appearance outside Damascus

Assad performs Eid prayer in rare appearance outside Damascus

The president was surrounded by dozens of worshippers who appeared to be offering him Eid greetings.

IS suicide car bomber kills six rivals in Syria

IS suicide car bomber kills six rivals in Syria

A suicide car bomber from the Islamic State group killed at least six rival jihadists on Wednesday at a roadblock in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said.

Air strike kills 10 civilians in northeast Syria

Air strike kills 10 civilians in northeast Syria

An air raid on a village in northeast Syria held by the Islamic State jihadist group killed at least 10 civilians including three children on Tuesday, a Britain-based monitor said.

Syrian army boosts air defences near Golan frontier

Syrian army boosts air defences near Golan frontier

The Syrian army has reinforced its anti-aircraft defences near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.

Turkey neutralises over 4,600 militants in Syria's Afrin

Turkey neutralises over 4,600 militants in Syria's Afrin

Turkey has neutralized more than 4,600 militant during Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin region, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018, highest level since conflict began: UN

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict, the UN said Monday.

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad denied Moscow is running the show in his war-torn country, saying in an interview released Sunday his government operates independently of its Russian and Iranian allies.

IS militants lose ground in Syria town after major attack: monitor

IS militants lose ground in Syria town after major attack: monitor

The Islamic State group had lost ground Saturday in a town on the Syrian-Iraqi border after pro-regime forces repelled a major attack the day before, a Britain-based monitor said.