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Jihadists pull heavy arms from parts of Syria buffer zone: monitor

The NLF pullout was confirmed by spokesman Naji Mustafa

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October 8, 2018


Air strikes kill 11 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor

Air strikes in northwestern Syria on Thursday, thought to have been carried out by regime ally Russia, killed 11 civilians including two children, a British-based monitor said. The raids, which hit a residential zone in the area of Zardana in the northwestern province of Idlib, also wounded 50 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

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June 8, 2018


Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana: Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria’s Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict. In a joint statement after two days of talks in Kazakhstan the three powers said they agreed “to allocate” their forces to patrol…

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September 15, 2017


UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding that the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the suspected chemical attack in Idlib province, but Russia is likely to veto the measure, diplomats said. Britain, France and the United States put forward the draft text which was slightly…

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April 12, 2017


Strike kills 18 civilians in Syria’s Idlib: monitor

BEIRUT: An air strike killed 18 civilians including five children in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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April 9, 2017


130 bodies found in Syria mass graves

The bodies of some 130 fighters shot execution-style or beheaded by rival jihadists have been found in mass graves in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group and rebel sources said Thursday. The grim discovery comes nearly a week after clashes in Idlib province between the jihadist Jund al-Aqsa rebel group and Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate and…

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February 23, 2017


Syria truce begins under deal backed by Russia, Turkey

DAMASCUS: A nationwide ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey took effect at midnight (2200 GMT), in a potentially major breakthrough in the conflict of more than five years.

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December 30, 2016


Russian jets step up raids on rebel-held Idlib and rural Aleppo

ALEPPO: Russian jets stepped up strikes on several towns in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province and rural Aleppo two days after the evacuation of rebels from their last pocket in the northern city of Aleppo, rebels and residents said on Saturday.

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December 25, 2016


Aleppo evacuees tell of pain and dreams of returning

ALEPPO: “It was the final time I saw Aleppo.” Among a sea of sobbing men and hungry children Friday, Mohammad mourned his evacuation from his home town and Syria’s second city.

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December 17, 2016


Outcry grows over bombing of Syria camp for displaced

ALEPPO: Condemnation mounted Friday over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria as the regime denied involvement, while a fragile ceasefire held in the battleground city of Aleppo. Women and children were reported to be among the 28 civilians killed in Thursday’s raids near the Turkish border, which left 50…

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May 6, 2016


At least 28 dead in air raids on Syria near Turkey: monitor

BEIRUT: At least 28 civilians, including women and children, were killed Thursday in air strikes on a displaced camp in northern Syria near the Turkish border, a monitor said. Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the strikes which also left 50 civilians wounded targeted the camp near Sarmada in…

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May 6, 2016


Syria regime in new offensive as Putin blasts US

BEIRUT: Russia said its warplanes had eased back on air strikes in Syria as regime forces press a widening ground offensive, while President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for not cooperating over the conflict. As Moscow and Washington neared agreement on measures to avoid confrontation over Syria, Russia announced that a hotline had been set up…

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October 16, 2015


Russian jets mount new air strikes in Syria

BEIRUT: Russian warplanes have mounted a new wave of air strikes since Thursday night in northwestern and western Syria, a Syrian military source and state TV said on Friday.

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October 2, 2015


Children among dead in Russian strikes on Syria

BEIRUT: Two children were among at least seven civilians killed in air strikes carried out by Russian warplanes in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group said Friday, citing witnesses.

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October 2, 2015


Rebels advance on Syria’s last govt airbase

BEIRUT: Syria’s Al-Qaeda offshoot and other rebel groups advanced on Friday towards a military airport that is the last remaining government-held facility in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitor said.

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August 28, 2015


Rebels capture last Syrian town in Idlib province

AMMAN: The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. A coalition of rebel groups called Jaish al Fateh, or Conquest Army, said it had…

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May 29, 2015


Islamist fighters control Syrian city of Idlib – monitor

BEIRUT: Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the  Syrian city of Idlib for the first time since the conflict in the country began, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday. By taking Idlib, the capital of a northwestern province of the same name, the insurgents now control a second province after…

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March 28, 2015


Deadly bombs in Syria's Idlib target security

BEIRUT: Nine people including Syrian military personnel were killed and 100 wounded on Monday in bomb blasts near security service buildings in Idlib, state media said, as a bombing campaign intensified against government targets.Twin explosions, the latest to disrupt a shaky U.N. truce, blew fronts off nearby buildings and left craters in roads, according to…

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April 30, 2012


Syrian army take control of Idlib from rebels

DAMASCUS: Syrian forces have overrun the northwest city of Idlib and rebels have fled, an activist said Wednesday, giving sharp momentum to a push by the Damascus regime to crush an increasingly armed revolt. “Since last night there has been no more fighting,” said Noureddin al-Abdo, an activist in Idlib, confirming earlier reports by a…

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March 14, 2012