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We have started to collect the most important news related to Syria in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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Syrian army retakes town of Qusair

Wednesday, June 5th 2013, 17:57
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Syrian government forces have regained control of the strategic town of Qusair, near the Lebanese border, the army and the rebels confirm.
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Syrian rebels 'can fight in Lebanon'

Wednesday, June 5th 2013, 5:59
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

A key Syrian rebel leader tell the BBC his troops are ready to fight Hezbollah on Lebanese soil, as state TV says the rebels have lost control of Qusair.
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Syrian regime 'used sarin' - France

Wednesday, June 5th 2013, 2:29
related countries: France France

There is no doubt Syria's government has used sarin during the country's crisis, says France's foreign minister, without specifying where or when.
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'New levels of brutality in Syria'

Tuesday, June 4th 2013, 14:41

Syria's war has reached "new levels of brutality", the UN says, with evidence of fresh suspected massacres, sieges and violations of children's rights.
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US may leave F-16s longer in Jordan

Tuesday, June 4th 2013, 2:27
related countries: Jordan Jordan, United States United States
related places: Patriot

The US says a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to be sent to Jordan for military exercises could be kept there because of the threat from Syria.
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Syrian rebels and Hezbollah 'clash'

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 17:48
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

A number of people are killed in rare clashes on Lebanese soil between Syrian rebels and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, say reports.
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VIDEO: American 'brainwashed' to go to Syria

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 11:59
related countries: United States United States

The family of an American woman, believed to be the first American killed during fighting in Syria, say she was brainwashed into going.
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US woman 'brainwashed' into Syria fight

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 11:58
related countries: United States United States

Family of US woman killed in Syria search for answers
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Red Cross 'alarmed' over Syria town

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 10:24
related countries: Russia Russia

The Red Cross calls for immediate access to the besieged Syrian town of Qusair, as Russia blocks a draft UN declaration expressing concern.
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VIDEO: Qusair 'like hell' say eyewitnesses

Sunday, June 2nd 2013, 7:42
related countries: Russia Russia

Diplomats at the UN Security Council say Russia has blocked a draft declaration expressing concern over the situation in the besieged Syrian city of Qusair.
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Sunnis urged to join Syria battle

Saturday, June 1st 2013, 14:39

Influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi urges Sunnis from around the Middle East to go to Syria to join the battle against President Bashar al-Assad.
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US woman killed fighting in Syria

Friday, May 31st 2013, 20:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Flint, Michigan

American woman Nicole Mansfield, from the town of Flint in Michigan, is killed fighting for rebels in Syria, her family are told by the FBI.
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Russia urged not to arm Syria troops

Friday, May 31st 2013, 19:48
related countries: Germany Germany, Russia Russia, United States United States

The US and Germany call on Russia not to supply Syria's military with an advanced missile system, as fighting rages in the key town of Qusair.
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Syria shifts could change Obama's calculus

Friday, May 31st 2013, 18:25

Shifts in Syria pressure reluctant Washington, says Kim Ghattas
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Rebels reinforce for key Syria fight

Friday, May 31st 2013, 15:00

Dozens of fighters arrive to reinforce rebel units battling to hold off a Syrian government and Hezbollah assault on the key town of Qusair.
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Lebanon parliament postpones vote

Friday, May 31st 2013, 14:35
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Lebanon's parliament votes to postpone elections due in June because of security concerns over the conflict in Syria, officials say.
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VIDEO: 'Assad wants women and children killed'

Friday, May 31st 2013, 10:11

Women and children are dying in the battle for control of Qusair and more than 600 people there have been injured, a doctor in Syria has told the BBC.
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British national 'killed in Syria'

Friday, May 31st 2013, 9:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a British man has been killed in Syria along with two other people.
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Assad warns Israel against strikes

Friday, May 31st 2013, 8:02
related countries: Israel Israel

Syria's President Assad warns Israel it will respond in kind to future air strikes and confirms a deal for a new Russian missile system is being implemented.
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Turkey 'arrests terror suspects'

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 22:52
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey detains 12 people suspected of ties to terrorism, an official says, with local media linking them to the Syrian jihadist Al-Nusra Front.
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VIDEO: Assad: Russia fulfilling arms contract

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 22:26
related countries: Russia Russia

President Bashar al-Assad has suggested Syria may have received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system.
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Syrian army 'has balance of power'

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 19:53
related countries: Russia Russia

The Syrian army has scored "major victories" against rebels and now holds "the balance of power" in the conflict, President Bashar al-Assad tells a Hezbollah-linked TV station.
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Hezbollah fighters 'invading' Syria

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 5:41

A leading Syrian rebel military chief accuses Hezbollah fighters of "invading" Syria, while Washington demands their immediate withdrawal.
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VIDEO: UN condemns Hezbollah fight in Syria

Thursday, May 30th 2013, 3:24

Hezbollah's involvement in the conflict in Syria has been condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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VIDEO: 'He wasn't a man, but a monster'

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 18:20
related countries: Jordan Jordan

The BBC hears from Syrian women refugees in Jordan who have been forced to turn to prostitution to make ends meet.
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UN condemns foreigners in Syria war

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 18:10

The UN Human Rights Council condemns Syrian troops' attacks on the town of Qusair, and the use of foreign fighters in the offensive.
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Syrian rebels condemn coalition

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, 14:09

Leading rebel groups in Syria launch a blistering verbal attack on the main opposition National Coalition, accusing it of failing to represent the revolution.
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No-fly or no-go in Syria?

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 22:10
related countries: United States United States

How far is the US willing to go on Syria?
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Russian arms 'to stabilise Syria'

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 18:55
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia says it will deliver S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria to deter foreign intervention, as the EU decides to lift an arms embargo.
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Syria embargo move masks EU division

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 11:18

The EU remains divided on Syria policy, writes Jonathan Marcus
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EU ends arms ban on Syria rebels

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 9:38
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

EU foreign ministers say they will not renew the union's arms embargo on Syria, but add there is no immediate plan to send arms to the opposition.
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VIDEO: John McCain's surprise Syria visit

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 8:40
related countries: United States United States

One of the strongest advocates of US military aid for the Syrian opposition, Senator John McCain, has made an unannounced visit to Syria for talks with rebel commanders.
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VIDEO: EU lifts arms embargo on Syria rebels

Tuesday, May 28th 2013, 5:43
related countries: Belgium Belgium
related places: Brussels

European Union foreign ministers have agreed not to renew the union's arms embargo on the Syrian opposition, after lengthy talks in Brussels.
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British doctor killed in Syria

Monday, May 27th 2013, 21:20
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British doctor, named as Dr Isa Abdur Rahman, has died in Syria after a makeshift hospital was shelled, a charity says.
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John McCain visits rebels in Syria

Monday, May 27th 2013, 21:07
related countries: United States United States

Senator John McCain, a leading voice for US calls to arm Syrian insurgents, has visited the war-torn country to meet rebels, his office tells the BBC.
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EU struggles over Syria arms embargo

Monday, May 27th 2013, 20:09
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom

EU foreign ministers are struggling to find agreement over whether to ease the arms embargo on Syria, with talks expected to continue into the evening.
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Sky apps targeted by Syrian hackers

Monday, May 27th 2013, 10:33
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Syrian Electronic Army defaces Android apps belonging to UK broadcaster Sky, the first time the hacking group has used this tactic.
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Syria confirms role in Geneva talks

Sunday, May 26th 2013, 12:19

Syria's foreign minister Walid Muallem says President Assad's government agrees "in principle" to take part in a June peace conference in Geneva.
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Hezbollah promises Syria 'victory'

Saturday, May 25th 2013, 21:08
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group promises victory in Syria where his supporters are backing President al-Assad, amid an upsurge in fighting there.
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Syria town under heavy army shelling

Saturday, May 25th 2013, 13:27

Rebel positions in Qusair in western Syria come under heavy shelling as government troops step up their offensive to recapture the strategic town.
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Syria opposition ready to negotiate

Saturday, May 25th 2013, 1:56

Syria's main opposition coalition says it is willing to attend an peace conference next month only if President Bashar al-Assad agrees to step down.
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Syria 'to attend peace conference'

Friday, May 24th 2013, 10:29
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
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Transition plan floated for Syria

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 16:55

As Syria's main opposition coalition begins three days of key talks, its leader puts forward a transition plan for the country.
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Refugees 'facing rising dangers'

Thursday, May 23rd 2013, 3:35

Amnesty International says the world has become an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants in its annual report.
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Kerry condemns Hezbollah over Syria

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 22:55
related countries: Iran Iran, Lebanon Lebanon, United States United States

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iran are perpetuating President Bashar al-Assad's "campaign of terror" in Syria.
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Hezbollah plunges deeper into Syrian conflict

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 15:16
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Lebanon's Hezbollah plunges deeper into Syrian conflict
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Ten die in Lebanon sectarian clashes

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013, 10:48
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon, Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

At least 10 people die and 70 are wounded in four days of Syria-linked sectarian violence in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.
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Syria and Israel in exchange of fire

Tuesday, May 21st 2013, 15:22
related countries: Israel Israel

Israeli and Syrian forces trade fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
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VIDEO: Syria troops 'claim Qusair victory'

Monday, May 20th 2013, 14:02

Fierce fighting is reported in the strategic Syrian town of Qusair, as the state news agency reports that the army has taken control of most of the town.
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Fierce battle for key Syrian town

Monday, May 20th 2013, 10:00

Fierce fighting is reported in the strategic Syrian town of Qusair, as rebels and government forces backed by Hezbollah militants fight for control.
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VIDEO: Iraqis 'helping fight Syrian holy war'

Monday, May 20th 2013, 9:38
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The BBC has seen evidence that the Syrian regime is getting support from Shia fighters crossing into the country from Iraq.
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VIDEO: Assad: No intention of stepping down

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 21:57

Syria's President Assad has said he has no intention of stepping down in his first interview since calls were made for a peace conference to try and resolve the conflict.
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Syria army storms rebel-held town

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 17:22

Heavy fighting is reported in the besieged Syrian town of Qusair as state forces launch a major offensive to re-capture the rebel stronghold.
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VIDEO: Syria army 'storms' rebel town Qusair

Sunday, May 19th 2013, 11:49

Syrian government forces have surrounded the rebel stronghold of Qusair and are storming it from several directions, says Syrian state TV.
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Father of Assad spokesman kidnapped

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 21:06

Gunmen in Syria abduct the elderly father of Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, one of the most powerful voices in the government.
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US criticises Russia over missiles

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 1:24
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

The US chides Russia for what it calls an "unfortunate decision" to send missiles to the Syrian government, saying it will prolong the suffering.
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'More than 1.5m' Syrian refugees

Friday, May 17th 2013, 21:10

The UN's refugee agency says that more than 1.5m people have fled the conflict in Syria, and warns the total is likely to be far higher.
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Syria chemical weapons allegations

Friday, May 17th 2013, 18:33

What we know about claims of chemical weapons use in Syria
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VIDEO: Syria conflict: Obama under pressure

Friday, May 17th 2013, 16:15

President Obama is coming under pressure to intervene in Syria by members of Congress
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VIDEO: Russia lays out stance on Syria

Friday, May 17th 2013, 10:40
related countries: Russia Russia

UN and Russia discuss Syria crisis- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said both parties agreed that "a negotiated political solution is the only way to end the crisis"
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