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Lebanese army chief - 50 militants held in raids on Syrian camps

AMMAN Lebanon's army chief said on Tuesday the army had 50 "dangerous terrorists" in custody among hundreds of detainees arrested in recent security raids on Syrian refugee camps on the border between the two countries.


Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step towards ending war 25 Jul 2017

DAMASCUS Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a "start" towards ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters.


Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border 24 Jul 2017

BEIRUT Hezbollah said on Monday its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier.


Syrian warplanes strike near Damascus despite ceasefire - Syrian Observatory 24 Jul 2017

BEIRUT Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus on Sunday, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Jihadist group cements control of Syria's Idlib province - rebels 24 Jul 2017

AMMAN Syrian jihadists linked to a former al Qaeda affiliate consolidated their grip over large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday after their main rival evacuated a major border crossing with Turkey, rebels and residents said.

Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa 23 Jul 2017

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.


Hezbollah and Syrian army advance in border offensive - reports 22 Jul 2017

BEIRUT Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.


Syrian army declares cessation of hostilities east of capital - state TV 22 Jul 2017

BEIRUT The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday in the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta region near the capital, state television reported.

Syrian military says jets attack Islamic State east of Raqqa - state TV 22 Jul 2017

BEIRUT Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.


Russia not reason for U.S. ending CIA arms to Syria rebels - general 21 Jul 2017

ASPEN, Colo. A U.S. decision to halt a CIA programme equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad ally Russia, a top U.S. general said on Friday.

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