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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Syria civil war: How a father helps his daughter cope with life in a warzone

Abdullah and his family are living in a warzone but they've come up with a unique way to cope with air strikes.
BBC News - Published

Turkey edges towards direct conflict with Russian-backed Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a military operation by his forces to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebels in northwest Syria was now "a matter of time" after talks..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Syria


Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria [Video]Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

Turkish leader says talks with Russia over northwest Syria failed to achieve 'desired result'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published

Meet the Syrian father turning the sound of war into a game [Video]Meet the Syrian father turning the sound of war into a game

Syrian video journalist Abdallah al-Muhammad has turned the experience of air strikes and shelling near his home in northwest Syria's Idlib into a game for his three-year old daughter to help her cope..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:41Published

'Cruel beyond belief': UN demands escape route for civilians in northwest Syria [Video]'Cruel beyond belief': UN demands escape route for civilians in northwest Syria

'Cruel beyond belief': UN demands escape route for civilians in northwest Syria

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:12Published

UN calls for Syrian government to open humanitarian corridors [Video]UN calls for Syrian government to open humanitarian corridors

The United Nations human rights chief is calling on the Syrian government and its allies to open humanitarian corridors for civilians to leave areas of fighting.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Prince Charles Visits Shirt Maker Workshop in Gloucester [Video]Prince Charles Visits Shirt Maker Workshop in Gloucester

The Prince of Wales has visited the workshop of boutique shirt maker Emma Willis in Gloucester. Prince Charles met members of staff, including two Syrian refugees who have been employed in the..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 03:49Published

Syrian government forces seize most of Aleppo province [Video]Syrian government forces seize most of Aleppo province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:47Published

Syrian army strengthens Aleppo grip before Russia-Turkey talks [Video]Syrian army strengthens Aleppo grip before Russia-Turkey talks

State media says government forces make significant gains in northwest amid push against last major rebel bastion.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

A new catastrophe looms in Syria's dead of winter [Video]A new catastrophe looms in Syria's dead of winter

The World Food Programme says more than 800,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled their homes during a Russian-backed Syrian military campaign to clear the opposition in northwest Syria..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:48Published

Syria: 800,000 displaced face desperate conditions in camps [Video]Syria: 800,000 displaced face desperate conditions in camps

In past four days alone, more than 150,000 Syrians flee villages as government forces close in on rebel-held Idlib.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Syrian military helicopter downed as Idlib fighting intensifies [Video]Syrian military helicopter downed as Idlib fighting intensifies

Syrian state media says all crew members killed as government push on rebel-held northwest causes mass displacement.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals' [Video]Turkey reinforces troops in Syria, vows to hit 'radicals'

Turkey will use force against rebel groups violating a ceasefire in Syria's northwest Idlib region, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar was quoted as saying on Thursday in an apparent response to..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:02Published

Erdogan warns Syrian regime against further attacks against Turkish soldiers [Video]Erdogan warns Syrian regime against further attacks against Turkish soldiers

The Kremlin hit back at Ankara, accusing it of disregarding its commitment under the agreement to stabilise the region.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:45Published

Syrian refugee Ayman Faki now stars in his local rugby team [Video]Syrian refugee Ayman Faki now stars in his local rugby team

Ayman Faki arrived in Wales almost four years ago and had never heard of rugby before he enrolled at the local school in Ystradgynlais. Now the teenager is a star winger for his village's under-15s..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:23Published

Erdogan: Turkey will hit Syrian government forces 'anywhere' [Video]Erdogan: Turkey will hit Syrian government forces 'anywhere'

President Erdogan says Turkey will push Syrian gov't forces beyond observation posts in Idlib 'by any means necessary'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:05Published

Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike [Video]Warplane flies over northeast Syria during reports of U.S. air strike

A warplane flew over a village in northeast Syria on Wednesday (February 12) following reports by Syrian and Turkish media that at least one air strike was carried out by U.S. jets. Lauren Anthony..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:08Published

Turkey will strike Syrian forces if Turkish soldiers are hurt: Erdogan [Video]Turkey will strike Syrian forces if Turkish soldiers are hurt: Erdogan

Turkey's military will set aside past ceasefire agreements to strike Syrian government forces by air or ground anywhere in Syria if another Turkish soldier is hurt, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:31Published

Erdogan threatens to hit Syrian regime forces 'anywhere' if Turkish troops hurt [Video]Erdogan threatens to hit Syrian regime forces 'anywhere' if Turkish troops hurt

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:39Published

Fighting in northwestern Syria 'has deplaced 700,000 since December' [Video]Fighting in northwestern Syria 'has deplaced 700,000 since December'

A wave of displacement that has seen around 700,000 people flee a regime offensive in Syria's Idlib region is the biggest of the nine-year-old conflict, the United Nations said on Tuesday.View on..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Syria's army pushes into Idlib province [Video]Syria's army pushes into Idlib province

Syrian forces backed by Russian fighter jets retake key government positions as Turkey’s Erdogan warns of swift revenge if more Turkish troops are attacked.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Turkey retaliates after Syrian government shelling kills 5 troops [Video]Turkey retaliates after Syrian government shelling kills 5 troops

Ankara hits more than 100 enemy targets after deadly attack in Idlib, with ruling party spokesperson ruling out retreat.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:05Published

Turkey-Syria fighting escalates war's new chapter [Video]Turkey-Syria fighting escalates war's new chapter

Artillery strikes between Turkish and Syrian government troops have killed at least five Turkish soldiers, with casualties among the Syrians not immediately known. The open fighting between the two..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

Syrian army takes Idlib crossroads town despite Turkish warnings [Video]Syrian army takes Idlib crossroads town despite Turkish warnings

Saraqeb is considered a strategic prize for the Syrian government as it seeks to regain control of M4 and M5 highways.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

Snow worsens conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon [Video]Snow worsens conditions for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

There is rising hostility towards refugees, who are often blamed for making Lebanon’s economic crisis worse.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

 

No place to go: Syrian families fleeing Idlib stranded on the roads

Abu Abdallah has been on the road for days. After his family fled the air strikes pounding Idlib, they moved from one village to another in northwest Syria but have yet to find refuge.
Reuters - Published

Syrian father, protecting daughter from trauma, turns sounds of war into a game

Syrian video journalist Abdallah al-Muhammad has invented a game to cushion his young daughter from the trauma of hearing the deafening cacophony of air strikes and shelling near his home in northwest..
Reuters - Published

Syrian father calms daughter by teaching her to laugh at bomb sounds

A Syrian father taught his daughter to laugh when they hear the sound of bombs to calm her during airstrikes.
USATODAY.com - Published

Syrian father teaches four-year-old daughter to laugh when bombs falls outside

syrian father teaches four-year-old daughter to laugh when bombs falls outside
A Syrian father and daughter have learned to deal with the horrors of the country’s ongoing civil war by making a game from the sound of bombs. Abdullah Mohammed taught his daughter...
WorldNews - Published

Finland's foreign minister faces probe over Syria repatriations

Finland's constitutional committee said on Wednesday it has asked the Prosecutor General to investigate the legality of Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto's push to repatriate Finnish children from a camp..
Reuters - Published

Turkish offensive on Syria’s Idlib ‘only a matter of time’, warns Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in northwest Syria was now "a matter of time"..
France 24 - Published

Turkey threatens action on Syria as Russian-backed government offensive pushes toward border

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a Turkish military operation to push back a Syrian government offensive against rebel strongholds in northwest Syria was now "a matter of time" after..
Reuters - Published

In northern Syria, currency switch shows Turkey's influence

Last month Hussam Shamo, a baker in northern Syria, stopped selling his bread in Syrian pounds after the latest slump in the currency forced him to push up prices yet again.
Reuters - Published

Syria war: Turkish operation in Idlib ‘only a matter of time’

Turkey's leader warns Syria over its large-scale offensive against rebels in the northern province.
BBC News - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says Syria talks with Russia unsatisfactory, offensive 'matter of time'

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday talks with Russia on the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib were far from meeting Turkey's demands and warned that a military operation there was a "matter..
Reuters - Published

Uzbekistan detains 21 on suspicion of Syrian militant links

Uzbek police have detained 21 people suspected of being linked to an Islamist militant group operating in Syria, police said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

AP Top Stories February 18 P

Here's the latest for Tuesday, February 18th: Trump commutes former Illinois governor's sentence; Boy Scouts of America wants to operate despite bankruptcy; No headway in Russia-Turkey talks on Syria;..
USATODAY.com - Published

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

russia and turkey agree on more talks on syria amid crisis
ANKARA, Turkey — Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a..
WorldNews - Published

Air strikes hit hospitals, camps in northwest Syria, Turkey demands pull-back

Government air strikes have hit hospitals and refugee camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad's forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold,..
Reuters - Published

Turkey to send more troops to Syria even as Moscow talks continue

Turkey will deploy more troops to Syria's Idlib region and retaliate against attacks by government forces there, even as Ankara continues to discuss the situation with Moscow, Turkish Presidential..
Reuters - Published

Russia and Turkey remain committed to reducing Syria tensions: Russian ministry

Russia and Turkey on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to existing agreements on Syria's Idlib which seek to reduce tensions in the region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after a meeting in..
Reuters - Published

Turkey tells Russia that Syrian forces in rebel bastion must pull back

Turkey told Russia on Tuesday that its military was now ready to make sure that Russian-backed Syrian forces pull out from the last rebel bastion in northwest Syria as the two sides met for talks in..
Reuters - Published

Air strikes hit hospitals, camps in northwest Syria, relief effort overwhelmed: U.N.

Government air strikes have hit hospitals and displaced persons camps in northwest Syria and killed about 300 civilians as President Bashar al-Assad's forces press an assault against the last rebel..
Reuters - Published

Turkey restarts joint Syria patrols with Russia amid Idlib tensions

Turkey has restarted joint patrols with the Russian military in northeast Syria after a two-week hiatus, Russia said late on Monday, as a Syrian government offensive in the Idlib region continued to..
Reuters - Published

U.N. rights boss denounces attacks, deaths in northwest Syria bombings

Nearly 300 civilians have been killed in attacks this year in northwest Syria, 93% of them caused by strikes by the Syrian government and its ally Russia, the top United Nations human rights official..
Reuters - Published

Syria conflict: UN says Idlib displacement 'overwhelming' relief effort

The UN says 900,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since the beginning of December.
BBC News - Published

Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo's northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups "wherever they are..
Reuters - Published

Syria's Assad says his forces' gains are "prelude" to rebels' final defeat

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday his forces' rapid recent gains in their Russian-backed military offensive presaged the eventual defeat of the nine-year insurgency that sought to oust..
Reuters - Published Also reported by •WorldNews

Nearly 875,000 people displaced by Russian-backed Syrian offensive: U.N.

Nearly 875,000 Syrians, mostly women and children, have fled a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the rebel-held northwest since early December, including over 40,000 in the last four..
Reuters - Published

'A horrifying new level': UN says 900,000 displaced in northwest Syria since December

The UN said Monday that 900,000 people have been uprooted by violence in northwest Syria since December – 100,000 more than previously recorded – as the Syrian army said it had retaken dozens of..
France 24 - Published

Syria's Assad says major gains against rebels not yet end of nine-year conflict

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Monday recent rapid gains in a Russian-backed military offensive that has recaptured large tracts of territory from rebels was not the end of Syria's nine-year..
Reuters - Published

Intensifying Syrian Gov’t Offensive Has Displaced 800,000 Civilians Since December

intensifying syrian gov’t offensive has displaced 800,000 civilians since december
In Syria, fighting is intensifying between government forces and opposition groups, displacing more civilians who have had to flee toward the...
WorldNews - Published

Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, pledge to eradicate remaining insurgents

The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo's northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups "wherever they are..
Reuters - Published

Syrian forces seize most of Aleppo province, on eve of Turkey-Russia talks

Syrian government forces made significant advances on Sunday in the country's northwestern Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said, a day before a new round of talks..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says two killed in car bomb attack near Syria border

A car bomb attack by the Kurdish YPG militia killed two people and wounded five on Sunday in the northeastern Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the Turkish border, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a..
Reuters - Published

Car bomb near Syria-Turkey border kills four civilians: Anadolu

A car bomb‮ ‬exploded on Sunday in‮ ‬the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the‮ ‬Turkish border, killing four people, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said.
Reuters - Published

Russian-backed Syrian army seizes most of rebel-held Aleppo province: state media

Syrian state media said on Sunday government forces had seized most of rebel-held Aleppo province in another major gain by a Russian-backed offensive.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb explodes near Syria-Turkey border: witnesses

A car bomb‮ ‬exploded on Sunday in‮ ‬the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the‮ ‬Turkish border, causing several casualties, witnesses said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Attacks in Syria's Idlib must stop, Turkey tells Russia

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday he told his Russian counterpart that attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib region must stop immediately and that a lasting ceasefire had to be..
Reuters - Published

Turkey tells Russia that attacks in Syria's Idlib must stop

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that he told his Russian counterpart at a meeting the previous day that attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib region must stop immediately and..
Reuters - Published

Turkey denies flouting agreement with Russia in Syria

Turkey dismissed on Saturday Russian accusations that it has flouted de-escalation agreements with Russia and Iran in Syria's Idlib province, and threatened to take military action in the area if..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Russian artist unveils Putin 'superhero' paintings in Istanbul

A Russian artist unveiled four giant paintings of Russia's President Vladimir Putin in central Istanbul on Saturday, saying he wanted to show the good ties between Ankara and Moscow despite differences..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan: Situation in Idlib won't be solved until Syrian forces withdraw

The situation in Idlib in northwestern Syrian will not be resolved until Syrian government forces withdraw beyond the borders that Turkey and Russia outlined in a 2018 agreement, Turkish President..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan, Trump discuss immediate halt to Idlib crisis: Turkish presidency

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged views on an immediate halt to fighting in Syria's Idlib province Saturday, the Turkish presidency said.
Reuters - Published

Turkey won't be silent as Syrian government surrounds Turkish posts: Erdogan

Turkey will not remain silent while Syrian government forces surround Turkish military posts in Syria's Idlib region, President Tayyip Erdogan said in comments reported by NTV, as Ankara and Moscow..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan, Trump discuss Middle East conflicts, Turkey's foreign minister says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed conflicts in Libya and Syria, as well as a U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey's foreign..
Reuters - Published

Father and brother of British man who fought against Isis in Syria charged with terror offences

Daniel Newey joined the YPG while it was fighting Isis but returned to Syria during battles against Turkish forces
Independent - Published

Turkey says Syria dispute won't affect Russian S-400 defense deal

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that differences over Syria should not affect Ankara's relations with Moscow or disrupt its contract for the purchase of Russian S-400 missile..
Reuters - Published

Police raids as families of Islamic State still stuck in freezing Syrian camp

As conditions deteriorate in al-Hawl camp, the government still has no plans to bring the families home.
The Age - Published

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