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Indonesia investigates reports top Islamic State commander killed

JAKARTA/MANILA Indonesia is investigating reports from Islamic State supporters that the most senior Southeast Asian commander of the militant group was killed by U.S. air strikes in eastern Syria last week, counter-terrorism officials said.


Russia says no decision yet on delivery of S-300 missiles to Syria 23 Apr 2018

MOSCOW/JERUSALEM Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.


Global donors to seek more than $6 billion for Syrian aid 23 Apr 2018

BRUSSELS Governments will seek more than $6 billion (4.30 billion pounds) in aid for Syria at a two-day donor conference from Tuesday, which the European Union hopes will also offer Russia, Turkey and Iran a chance to renew peace efforts.

Syrian army targets south Damascus insurgent enclave 23 Apr 2018

BEIRUT The Syrian army bombarded a jihadist enclave in south Damascus on Monday, state television and a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad seeks to regain all ground near the capital.


Syrian opposition says U.S. cannot afford to leave Syria yet 23 Apr 2018

RIYADH Syria's chief opposition negotiator said the United States cannot afford to leave Syria as it has yet to achieve any of its goals in the region, even though President Donald Trump said recently Washington would withdraw its troops.


Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over Syria 22 Apr 2018

JERUSALEM Iran and Israel traded blame on Sunday for an unprecedented, weeks-long surge in hostilities between their forces over Syria but played down prospects of a spillover into war.


Syria says chemical weapons experts may visit Douma on Wednesday 22 Apr 2018

UNITED NATIONS/BEIRUT Syria's U.N. ambassador said a United Nations security team travelled to the Syrian town of Douma ahead of a planned visit by global chemical weapons experts on Wednesday to look into a suspected poison gas attack that sparked a U.S.-led retaliatory strike. | Video


Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria 22 Apr 2018

(This April 17 story corrects to change the media source in paragraph eight to The Israeli News Company.)


Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus 22 Apr 2018

BEIRUT/LONDON Air strikes pounded a jihadist-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by Syrian state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital.


German minister urges Russia to cooperate in solving Syria crisis 22 Apr 2018

BERLIN German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Saturday urged Russia to help solve the Syria crisis as he set off for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations in Toronto.

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Rebels south of Syrian capital surrender: State media

A Reuters source says some rebels from the Damascus suburbs will be evacuated to eastern Syria as President Bashar al-Assad accelerates efforts on the remaining holdouts. Matthew Larotonda reports.