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Russian helicopter shot down in Syria

Sunday, July 10th 2016, 7:03
related countries: Russia Russia

So-called Islamic State releases footage of what is believed to be a Russian helicopter being shot down near Palmyra, Syria.
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Marie Colvin's family sues Syria over death in Homs

Sunday, July 10th 2016, 5:00
related countries: United States United States

The family of US reporter Marie Colvin, killed in Syria in 2012, sues the Assad government, alleging she was murdered as part of a policy to kill journalists.
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Two Russian pilots killed in helicopter downing in Syria

Saturday, July 9th 2016, 21:27
related countries: Russia Russia

Two Russian pilots are killed after their military helicopter is shot down by Islamic State fighters near the Syrian city of Palmyra, Moscow says.
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Islamic State conflict: Nato surveillance planes to help US-led coalition

Saturday, July 9th 2016, 17:13
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

Nato has agreed to use surveillance planes in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg says.
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Streaming surprise

Friday, July 8th 2016, 23:18

Syrian government forces interrupt and question a local journalist while he is live broadcasting.
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Sousan's story

Friday, July 8th 2016, 23:02

The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music was renowned throughout the Middle East. But when war broke out many of its members had to flee.
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Syria conflict: Army fire 'cuts key Aleppo road'

Thursday, July 7th 2016, 14:09
related places: Aleppo

Syrian government forces have effectively cut the only road into rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, state media and rebels say.
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Syrian refugee children in Lebanon face growing sex abuse threat

Wednesday, July 6th 2016, 23:18
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

Aid agencies in Lebanon say increasing numbers of Syrian refugee children are being sexually abused, as Lina Sinjab reports.
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Syria conflict: Army declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce

Wednesday, July 6th 2016, 16:10
related places: Damascus

The Syrian military declares a 72-hour "regime of calm" covering the whole country, though there are reports of continuing fighting outside Damascus.
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Queens of Syria

Tuesday, July 5th 2016, 23:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Queens of Syria, a modern adaptation of Euripides's anti-war play The Trojan Women is opening at London's Young Vic before touring the UK.
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A Syrian Symphony

Monday, July 4th 2016, 10:16

The BBC goes behind the scenes as the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians reunite for a series of concerts with Damon Albarn.
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'Iranian Hulk'

Friday, July 1st 2016, 0:51
related countries: Iran Iran

A gigantic Iranian social media star has volunteered to join his countrymen fighting alongside the Assad regime in Syria.
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Sweatshop risk

Thursday, June 30th 2016, 1:55
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Tim Whewell visits the special schools springing up in Turkey to help the refugee children of Syria's "lost generation".
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Syria conflict: Rebels 'move on IS-held town near Iraq border'

Wednesday, June 29th 2016, 11:54
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United States United States

US-backed Syrian rebels say they are closing in on Albu Kamal, a town on the border with Iraq held by so-called Islamic State.
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Turkey 'sorry for downing Russian jet'

Monday, June 27th 2016, 15:09
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan apologises for downing of Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border in November, Moscow says
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Lebanon: Christian village hit by multiple suicide attacks

Monday, June 27th 2016, 8:57
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

At least five people have been killed in multiple suicide bombings in a mainly Christian village in north-eastern Lebanon, medics say.
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IS claims suicide attack against Jordanian troops

Sunday, June 26th 2016, 22:13
related countries: Jordan Jordan

The so-called Islamic State group says it carried out a suicide attack that killed six Jordanian security personnel on the border with Syria.
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Syria conflict: Russian air strikes target Aleppo rebels

Saturday, June 25th 2016, 11:52
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Aleppo

Russian and Syrian planes pound Syria's second-city of Aleppo in a night of strikes on the besieged rebel-held areas.
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German mural of dead Syrian boy Alan Kurdi vandalised

Thursday, June 23rd 2016, 15:56
related countries: Germany Germany

Vandals in Germany ruin a giant mural of Alan Kurdi, the little Syrian boy whose death became headline news last year.
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Syria conflict: US-backed forces 'enter IS-held Manbij'

Thursday, June 23rd 2016, 15:03
related countries: United States United States
related places: Arab

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters reportedly advances into a strategically important Syrian town held by so-called Islamic State.
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Rescuers fight to free buried boy

Thursday, June 23rd 2016, 5:05
related places: Aleppo

The BBC has obtained harrowing footage from activists in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
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Syria conflict: Air strikes on IS-held Raqqa 'kill 18 civilians'

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016, 14:27

At least 18 civilians have been killed in air strikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the headquarters of so-called Islamic State, activists say.
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Jordan declares Syria and Iraq borders closed military zones

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016, 7:54
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Jordan Jordan

Jordan declares its border regions with Syria and Iraq to be closed military zones, following a deadly suicide bombing that killed six
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Jordan announces 'closed military zones' after troops killed

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016, 3:44
related countries: Iraq Iraq, Jordan Jordan

Jordan has declared "closed military zones", after a suicide bombing killed six in an area neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
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Jordanian troops killed in bomb attack at Syria border

Tuesday, June 21st 2016, 16:20
related countries: Jordan Jordan

Six Jordanian security personnel are killed in a suicide truck bomb attack near a makeshift refugee camp on the border with Syria, officials say.
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Refugees at highest ever level, reaching 65m, says UN

Monday, June 20th 2016, 8:36
related countries: Somalia Somalia

More than 65m people worldwide are displaced by conflict and war, the UN refugee agency says, half from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
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Syrian refugees take up micro gardening in Lebanon

Monday, June 20th 2016, 8:06
related countries: Lebanon Lebanon

A charity is helping refugees living in Lebanon, where they are unable to work or grow crops, to build their own micro gardens.
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Syrian refugee: 'Five of my family were shot' at Turkish border

Sunday, June 19th 2016, 18:12
related countries: Turkey Turkey

A Syrian refugee describes how her family were shot at by Turkish border guards, in footage filmed by an activist and obtained by the BBC.
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Turkey border guards 'shot Syrian children' - monitors

Sunday, June 19th 2016, 17:37
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkish border guards have shot dead at least eight Syrians, including four children, who were trying to cross into Turkey, activists say.
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Syria conflict: US diplomats press for strikes against Assad

Friday, June 17th 2016, 3:17
related countries: United States United States

More than 50 US diplomats sign an internal memo sharply criticising US policy on Syria and urging military strikes against President Assad's government.
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A Syrian surprise: Rouaa's doll

Thursday, June 16th 2016, 23:07
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Damascus

Five-year-old Rouaa from Damascus had to leave her favourite doll behind after a chemical weapons attack in 2013. A British family saw the report and wanted to help.
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Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis, says UN

Thursday, June 16th 2016, 13:15
related countries: Iraq Iraq

UN human rights investigators for the first time accuse so-called Islamic State of committing genocide against Yazidis in Iraq and Syria.
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Syria conflict: Russia 'wants long-term Aleppo ceasefire'

Thursday, June 16th 2016, 9:56
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Aleppo

Russia calls for a long-term ceasefire in the divided northern Syrian city of Aleppo, hours after declaring a two-day pause in the fighting there.
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Syria conflict: Report says UN has lost impartiality

Wednesday, June 15th 2016, 17:24

More than 50 humanitarian organisations operating in Syria accuse the UN of breaching its principles by effectively letting the government control aid deliveries.
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BBC team under fire outside IS-held Syrian town

Wednesday, June 15th 2016, 17:08
related countries: United States United States
related places: Manbij, Arab

The BBC's Jiyar Gol travelled to the outskirts of Manbij, a Syrian town held by IS and currently surrounded by a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.
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Under fire

Wednesday, June 15th 2016, 16:06
related places: Manbij

The BBC's Jiyar Gol comes under fire on the frontline in the battle for the key Syrian town of Manbij, which is controlled by so-called Islamic State.
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Falafel economy

Tuesday, June 14th 2016, 23:13
related countries: Greece Greece, Macedonia Macedonia

With hundreds of Syrian refugees stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia, small businesses have sprung up as Syrians cater to their fellow exiles.
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Syria: Bombings rock Damascus suburb Sayyida Zeinab

Saturday, June 11th 2016, 12:23
related places: Damascus

Bomb attacks hit a Damascus suburb which is the site of Syria's holiest Shia shrine, killing at least 12 people, state media reports.
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Reports of bomb attacks on Syrian town after UN food drop

Saturday, June 11th 2016, 1:41

The Syrian military has reportedly attacked the besieged rebel-held town of Daraya, dropping close to 30 crudely made bombs from helicopters.
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Syria conflict: 'Barrel bombs dropped on Darayya' after aid delivery

Friday, June 10th 2016, 14:54
related places: Damascus, Darayya

Syrian government forces bombard the besieged Damascus suburb of Darayya, residents say, hours after the arrival of its first food aid since 2012.
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Syria conflict: Food aid reaches besieged Darayya

Friday, June 10th 2016, 13:24
related places: Damascus, Darayya

The first deliveries of food aid since 2012 reach the besieged Damascus suburb of Darayya.
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Hospitals hit in Aleppo air strike

Wednesday, June 8th 2016, 21:23
related places: Aleppo

At least 15 people are killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo, seriously damaging medical facilities, the UN says.
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Syria conflict: Hospitals hit in Aleppo air strike

Wednesday, June 8th 2016, 21:23
related places: Aleppo

At least 15 people are killed in air strikes on rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo, seriously damaging medical facilities, the UN says.
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'Deadly strike' on IS-held Syrian town

Monday, June 6th 2016, 16:07

At least 17 civilians are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a market in an eastern Syrian town controlled by so-called Islamic State.
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When Saudi women marry foreigners

Sunday, June 5th 2016, 23:36
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

How a Saudi-Syrian wedding sparked a national debate
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Army and rebels 'intensify Aleppo hits'

Sunday, June 5th 2016, 13:22
related places: Aleppo

Syria's government and rebel groups accuse each other of intensifying deadly air strikes on the divided northern city of Aleppo.
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Syrian troops 'advance on IS capital'

Saturday, June 4th 2016, 11:45
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Is

Syrian troops, backed by Russian air power, cross into Raqqa province, nearing the self-styled capital of so-called Islamic State, UK-based activists say.
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UN 'to ask Syria to allow aid drop'

Friday, June 3rd 2016, 15:59

The UN will ask Syria to allow the air drop of humanitarian aid to areas under siege, diplomats say, as air strikes kill dozens in the north of the country.
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VIDEO: Life in besieged Syrian suburb

Friday, June 3rd 2016, 11:54
related places: Damascus, Darayya

A rare glimpse at life inside Darayya, in the Syrian capital Damascus, where residents have not received food aid since 2012.
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Bomb explodes outside Syria mosque

Thursday, June 2nd 2016, 15:54
related places: Latakia

A bomb explodes near a mosque in the Syrian coastal city Latakia, killing and wounding several people.
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Syria aid drops by air 'not imminent'

Thursday, June 2nd 2016, 13:49
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom

A senior UN official warns air drops of aid to Syrians are not imminent, despite calls for such action by the US, UK and France.
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First aid for Syria's Darayya since 2012

Wednesday, June 1st 2016, 18:52
related places: Damascus

The first aid convoy since 2012 reaches Darayya, the besieged southern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, the country's Red Cross says.
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US-backed forces open new anti-IS front

Wednesday, June 1st 2016, 11:25
related countries: Turkey Turkey, United States United States

US-backed fighters open up a new front against so-called Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria, close to the Turkish border.
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VIDEO: Child pulled from Idlib strike rubble

Wednesday, June 1st 2016, 3:36
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey
related places: Idlib

Turkey has accused Russia of bombing a hospital and a mosque in the Syrian city of Idlib.
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Air strikes 'kill 23' in Syria's Idlib

Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 10:54
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Idlib

At least 23 people have been killed by air strikes overnight on the rebel-held city of Idlib, in north-western Syria, activists say.
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Japan hostage photo from Syria 'genuine'

Monday, May 30th 2016, 6:43
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan says a newly released photograph purporting to show a journalist who is being held hostage in Syria appealing for help is genuine.
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Top Syrian negotiator quits peace talks

Monday, May 30th 2016, 2:49

The chief negotiator of Syria's main opposition umbrella group resigns over what he called the failure of UN-brokered peace talks.
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Hospitality on hold as Damascus prepares for Ramadan

Monday, May 30th 2016, 0:00
related places: Damascus

Damascus faces spiralling food prices as Ramadan nears
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IS 'attacks rebel-held Syria town'

Saturday, May 28th 2016, 11:48

Heavy fighting is reported in northern Syria as so-called Islamic State tries to capture the key rebel-held town of Marea.
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Turkish fury at US commando photos

Friday, May 27th 2016, 19:51
related countries: Turkey Turkey, United States United States

Turkey calls the US "two-faced" over images appearing to show US commandos in northern Syria wearing Kurdish militia insignia
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Syria war: Battling on as a disabled refugee

Thursday, May 26th 2016, 23:48

How hard is it to be a Syrian refugee with a disability?
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Kurds launch attack near IS 'capital'

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 23:39
related countries: United States United States
related places: Arab

A US-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters begins a campaign to expel Islamic State militants north of their stronghold Raqqa.
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IS 'destroyed aircraft' at Syria base

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 19:18
related countries: Russia Russia

New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a major airbase in Syria used by Russia after an attack by Islamic State militants.
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VIDEO: IS 'destroyed Syria airbase' used by Russia

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 9:57
related countries: Russia Russia

A strategically significant Syrian airbase, used by Russia, appears to have been almost completely destroyed - according to new satellite imagery exclusively seen by the BBC. Stratfor analyst Sim Tack explains.
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Syria blames foreign states for blasts

Tuesday, May 24th 2016, 0:08
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, Turkey Turkey

The Syrian government accuses Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.
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VIDEO: Why IS is striking in unexpected places

Monday, May 23rd 2016, 21:42

Security correspondent Frank Gardner explains why so-called Islamic State (IS) is striking in unexpected places, after a series of car bombings in two coastal cities in Syria.
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Deadly blasts rock Assad strongholds

Monday, May 23rd 2016, 15:53

At least 78 people are killed in multiple bomb attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State in government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast.
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VIDEO: Amateur video 'shows Tartous blast'

Monday, May 23rd 2016, 10:53

Amateur video shows smoke billowing from buildings in the city of Tartous, one of two Syrian government coastal strongholds to be hit by bomb blasts.
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VIDEO: New life for Syrian children in Turkey

Monday, May 23rd 2016, 6:55
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Many Syrian refugees have moved to Turkey, and many children are now enrolled in schools there.
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