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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures during an exclusive interview with AFP in the capital Damascus on February 11, 2016. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Assad Threatens Conflict with U.S. Forces if They Don’t Leave Syria

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad gave an interview to Russia’s RT television on Thursday in which he said the United States is “losing its cards” on the civil war battlefield and must withdraw all forces from his country or risk a conflict with the Syrian military and Russian forces.

This US Navy handout photo shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 6, …

Monitor: 12 Killed in Strike on Syrian Army Positions

BEIRUT – A US-led coalition air strike on Syrian army positions overnight killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in an area where both sides have been battling holdout jihadists, a monitor said Thursday.

This photo released on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense group and civilians gathering to help survivors from a street attacked by airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of …

In Syria, at Least 68 Killed in Attacks as More People Flee

BEIRUT — Syrian government and Russian airstrikes killed at least 46 people in a besieged town outside of Damascus on Friday, while Turkish shelling and attacks on a Kurdish-held town in northern Syria left at least 22 dead there, monitors and officials said.

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Heartbroken Raqqa Residents Return to City in Ruins

RAQQA, Syria — Tears streaming down her freckled face, 35-year-old Asya took in the shattered glass, gutted storefronts and crumbling cafes — all that remain of her favorite shopping street in Syria’s Raqqa.

People gather around a crater at the scene of an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, early on August 7, 2013. UN weapons inspectors tasked with looking into claims of chemical weapons use in Syria are 'completing their preparations' in The Hague before heading to Damascus, the United …

Watch: Drone Video Shows Devastation in Raqqa, Syria

Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition.

This frame grab from video released Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 and provided by Hawar News Agency, a Syrian Kurdish activist-run media group, shows fighters from the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrating their victory in Raqqa, Syria. U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on …

Islamic State Defeated in Former Caliphate Capital of Raqqa

A major milestone in the defeat of the Islamic State was reached on Tuesday, as the Kurdish-led, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that the Syrian city of Raqqa has been liberated from ISIS.

Fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG), a mainly-Kurdish militia in Syria, fires their guns towards positions of militants of the so called Islamic State (IS) in Al Sinaa neighborhood, eastern Raqqa, Syria, 06 July 2017. Syrian activists say Islamic State group fighters are battling to repel the advance of …

Former Islamic State ‘Capital’ Raqqa Has Fallen, U.S.-Backed Forces Say

BEIRUT, Lebanon — US-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group’s sleeper cells.

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Militia Say Russian Planes Bombed Their Positions

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia alliance led by the Syrian Kurds, claims Russian warplanes bombed their positions in the Deir al-Zor province on Monday. Russia has denied the allegations, while U.S. commanders said they could not verify the source of the attack on the SDF.

Syrians regime forces walk past destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held Ansari district in the northern city of Aleppo on December 23, 2016 after Syrian government forces retook control of the whole embattled city. Syrian troops cemented their hold on Aleppo after retaking full control of the city, as residents …

Assad Adviser: The Syrian Civil War Has Entered Its ‘Penultimate Stage’

In an interview with Lebanese television on Thursday, a top adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Bouthaina Shaaban, said the Syrian civil war has reached its “penultimate stage” after six long and bloody years. She described the capture of the long-besieged city of Aleppo as a “U-turn” in the conflict.

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters Seize Parts of Islamic State ‘Capital’ Raqqa

A U.S.-backed Syrian opposition force said Sunday it has captured a northwestern neighborhood of the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa the second district to fall in their hands in days after the group launched a wide offensive to gain control of the extremists’ de facto capital.