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Syrian rebels 'to leave Yarmouk camp'

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 18:07
related places: Damascus

A UN-brokered deal could see thousands of Syrian rebels and their families leave areas in and around the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.
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VIDEO: The girl who fled Syria in a wheelchair

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 12:50
related countries: Germany Germany

2015 - The year of the migrant: How one girl fled Syria in a wheelchair and the welcome she received in her new life in Germany.
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Syrian government 'ready to negotiate'

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 12:26

Syria's foreign minister says the government is ready to take part in UN-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in the country.
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The stories of Syrian children that went viral in 2015

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 0:57

What happened to the Syrian migrant kids whose pictures went viral
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How a Belgian teenager was lured to Syrian jihad

Thursday, December 24th 2015, 0:10
related countries: Belgium Belgium

How a Belgian teenager was lured to Syria
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Russia brushes off Syria allegations

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 23:41
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia's defence ministry says an Amnesty International report accusing Moscow of indiscriminate air strikes in Syria is "total lies".
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Russia 'killed 200 civilians in Syria'

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 16:11
related countries: Russia Russia

Amnesty International says at least 200 civilians died in the first two months of Russian air strikes in Syria and war crimes may have been committed.
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VIDEO: Amnesty says Russia attacking civilians

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015, 4:43
related countries: Russia Russia

Amnesty International has shown evidence suggesting that Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians.
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International system has failed Syria

Monday, December 21st 2015, 22:15

Syria has been failed by the international system
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VIDEO: British Islamist fighting against IS

Monday, December 21st 2015, 10:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British Islamist who says he is in Syria fighting against both President Assad and the group calling itself Islamic State talks to the BBC's Quentin Sommerville.
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Drawing the horror of a Syrian detention centre

Monday, December 21st 2015, 0:05

Drawing the horror of a Syrian detention centre
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VIDEO: 'Every day there were eight new bodies'

Monday, December 21st 2015, 0:05
related places: Sami`

Sami went through two periods of detention in Syria's prisons. He eventually bribed his way out and out of Syria.
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VIDEO: British Islamist on fight against IS

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 23:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British Islamist who says he is in Syria has described his fight against both the so-called Islamic State and President Assad.
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Fire traded over Israel-Lebanon border

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 18:56
related countries: Israel Israel, Lebanon Lebanon

Israel fires artillery shells in response to rockets from southern Lebanon, hours after Lebanese militant Samir Qantar was killed in a strike in Syria.
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Key Lebanese militant killed in Syria

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 16:26
related countries: Israel Israel, Lebanon Lebanon
related places: Damascus

Key Lebanese militant Samir Qantar is killed in a rocket strike near Damascus in Syria, the Hezbollah group says, blaming Israel.
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'Russian strikes kill scores' in Syria

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 16:26
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Idlib

At least 43 people are killed in air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian planes in the Syrian city of Idlib, activists and residents say.
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'Third of Syrian rebels share IS aims'

Sunday, December 20th 2015, 9:28
related countries: United States United States

About a third of rebel groups in Syria - 100,000 fighters - share the ideology of so-called Islamic State, a new report says.
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Videos spark Swiss terror probe

Saturday, December 19th 2015, 21:56
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland

Swiss authorities investigate a leading figure in a prominent Muslim organisation on terror-related charges over videos made in Syria.
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Russia 'capable of more' in Syria

Saturday, December 19th 2015, 20:05
related countries: Russia Russia

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is using "far from everything we are capable of" in its military operations in Syria.
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US welcomes Syria 'milestone' at UN

Saturday, December 19th 2015, 8:02
related countries: United States United States

A UN plan for Syria is a "milestone" in the efforts to end the conflict there, says US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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UN Security Council adopts Syria plan

Friday, December 18th 2015, 22:49

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution outlining a peace process for Syria.
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Powers meet on Syria ceasefire plan

Friday, December 18th 2015, 18:24

World powers meet in New York to try to move forward a tentative plan to bring about a ceasefire in Syria, but key differences persist.
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Russian jet's black box 'damaged'

Friday, December 18th 2015, 10:18
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey

The memory card in the flight recorder of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey on the Syria border last month is damaged, Russian investigators say.
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VIDEO: Syria's future as Arab Spring marked

Friday, December 18th 2015, 1:10

The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who has covered the civil war in Syria since it began, looks at what the future holds for the country.
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VIDEO: 'Licking Americans': Key Putin quotes

Thursday, December 17th 2015, 16:48
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Key

Key quotes from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference, covering Syria, Turkey's downing of a Russian jet and next year's US presidential election.
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US and Russia in Syria peace push

Tuesday, December 15th 2015, 20:40
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow

The US and Russia say world powers will meet in New York on Friday to pass a UN resolution endorsing the Syria peace process.
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Syrian army retakes Damascus airbase

Monday, December 14th 2015, 18:14
related places: Damascus

Syrian government forces have regained control of a military airbase on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, activists and military sources say.
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Two Syrians held in Geneva terror hunt

Saturday, December 12th 2015, 19:42
related countries: Switzerland Switzerland
related places: Geneva

Two people of Syrian origin are arrested in Geneva on suspicion of making explosives and having links to jihadi groups, the Swiss authorities say.
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'IS Homs bomb attack' kills 16

Saturday, December 12th 2015, 19:21

The Islamic State group lays claim to a deadly car bomb attack in the Syrian city of Homs - days after rebels were evacuated under a ceasefire.
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Putin vows tough line on Syria threats

Friday, December 11th 2015, 17:39
related countries: Russia Russia

President Vladimir Putin orders the Russian military to take "extremely tough" action against any threat to its forces in Syria.
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VIDEO: Trudeau: 'This is a wonderful night'

Friday, December 11th 2015, 15:50
related countries: Canada Canada

The first military plane carrying Syrian refugees to be resettled in Canada has arrived in the country.
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IS oil trade 'worth more than $500m'

Friday, December 11th 2015, 12:18
related countries: United States United States

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has made more than $500m trading oil, with its main customer being the Syrian regime, a US treasury official says.
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Canada PM welcomes Syrian refugees

Friday, December 11th 2015, 5:45
related countries: Canada Canada

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes the first plane carrying Syrian refugees as it arrives in Toronto.
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VIDEO: 'My wife and seven children drowned'

Friday, December 11th 2015, 0:39

Syrian refugee Ali al-Saho, who lost his family at sea, speaks to BBC News about the tragedy.
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Syria opposition agree talks framework

Thursday, December 10th 2015, 22:31

Syrian opposition politicians and rebels back a statement of principles for peace talks at a meeting in Riyadh, but there is confusion over whether one key group is on board.
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VIDEO: Can latest talks help end Syria conflict?

Thursday, December 10th 2015, 11:40
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
related places: Riyadh

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner assesses the Riyadh talks' chance of helping facilitate a peaceful end to Syria's four-year civil war.
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VIDEO: Homs: The story of one city's civil war

Wednesday, December 9th 2015, 17:10

Homs has seen some of the fiercest fighting of Syria's four-year civil war. Here are key moments captured by BBC correspondents inside the city.
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Russia 'wants Syria ethnic cleansing'

Wednesday, December 9th 2015, 17:03
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accuses Russia of attempting "ethnic cleansing" with its air strikes in northern Syria.
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Syrian rebels leave Homs under truce

Wednesday, December 9th 2015, 13:01

Syrian rebels begin evacuating from the last suburb they hold in the city of Homs under a ceasefire deal reached with the government.
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US House votes to curb visa-free entry

Tuesday, December 8th 2015, 23:35
related countries: France France, Iraq Iraq, United States United States
related places: Paris

After the Paris attacks, the US House of Representatives votes to restrict visa-free entry for people who have been to Iraq and Syria.
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VIDEO: Russia releases missile footage

Tuesday, December 8th 2015, 23:12
related countries: Russia Russia

The Russian Defence Ministry has released footage claiming to show one of its submarines firing missiles at targets in Syria.
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Russia fires on Syria from submarine

Tuesday, December 8th 2015, 21:53
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia says it has for the first time hit Islamic State targets in Syria with missiles launched from a submarine in the Mediterranean.
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'Foreign recruitment doubles' in Syria

Tuesday, December 8th 2015, 20:45

The number of foreign fighters in Syria has gone up from 12,000 to more than 27,000 in the past 18 months, according to research from a security consultancy.
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Syria air strikes 'kill 26 civilians'

Monday, December 7th 2015, 21:48
related countries: United States United States

Syrian activists say at least 26 civilians, including children, have been killed in the north-east of the country by air strikes possibly carried out by the US-led coalition.
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Coalition denies strike on Syrian army

Monday, December 7th 2015, 18:37
related countries: United States United States

The US-led coalition against Islamic State denies carrying out an air strike on an army camp in Syria that the government says killed three soldiers.
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UN seeks $20bn for humanitarian aid

Monday, December 7th 2015, 14:59

The UN is appealing for $20.1bn (£13.3bn) to fund aid operations in 2016, with two-fifths needed to help those affected by the conflict in Syria.
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Anti-IS fighter back in Australia

Monday, December 7th 2015, 7:43
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

An Australian who was fighting against IS militants in Syria returns home, with his family saying he should be given an amnesty under foreign fighter laws.
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VIDEO: Daily life in Syria 'worse than death'

Monday, December 7th 2015, 6:44

The BBC's Lyse Doucet reports from Kisweh in Syria about what daily life is like there, on the day the UN is expected to request a record sum to help Syrians as part of its annual appeal
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Strikes on Raqqa 'kill 32 IS militants'

Sunday, December 6th 2015, 15:26

Air strikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa have killed at least 32 Islamic State militants and wounded 40 more, an activist group says.
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Blair: Syria action not like Iraq War

Saturday, December 5th 2015, 2:26
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK action in Syria to target so-called Islamic State is not like the 2003 Iraq invasion, former Prime Minister Tony Blair tells the BBC.
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'How I was tortured in a Syrian jail'

Saturday, December 5th 2015, 0:57
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A British woman's story of torture in a Syrian jail
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Germany backs Syria anti-IS mission

Friday, December 4th 2015, 21:01
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's parliament votes in favour of sending military support in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.
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VIDEO: 'You go to jail for wearing tight trousers'

Friday, December 4th 2015, 15:17
related countries: Turkey Turkey

A Syrian refugee who has fled to Turkey talks to the BBC about what life in Raqqa, the Islamic State stronghold, was like.
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VIDEO: Three questions on UK-Syria air strikes

Friday, December 4th 2015, 13:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lyse Doucet explains how the news of the UK involvement in Syria has been received.
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VIDEO: Secret video shows life in IS stronghold

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 23:03
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

As the UK launches air strikes in Syria, the country's information minister criticises the decision.
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VIDEO: Migrant stand-off at Macedonia border

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 20:22
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Greece Greece, Macedonia Macedonia

Thousands of migrants are stuck on the Greek-Macedonian border, with tensions mounting as only people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are allowed through.
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VIDEO: FSA: 'We are the West's best partners'

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 15:03

A Free Syrian Army spokesman says that they are the West's "best partners on the ground in Syria".
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Putin: Turkey 'will regret' Syria act

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 11:23
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey

Russia's President Putin castigates Turkey's leaders, warning that they will regret shooting down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria.
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UK bombs IS: Syrians give reactions

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 11:12
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Syrian reaction is divided after the UK begins bombing targets of the so-called Islamic State in Syria.
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UK launches first Syria air strikes

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 10:46
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

RAF Tornado jets carried out "successful" bombing of oil fields in Syria controlled by Islamic State militants, the MoD says, shortly after MPs vote in favour of extending air strikes.
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VIDEO: IS, Isis, Isil, or Daesh?

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 6:21
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Why is the jihadist group which controls large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq sometimes referred to by different names by English-speaking governments and media?
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MPs authorise UK air strikes in Syria

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 3:25
related countries: Iraq Iraq, United Kingdom United Kingdom

MPs overwhelmingly back UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria, and later four RAF fighter jets leave their Cyprus base for an unknown destination.
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VIDEO: View from Damascus as UK plans air strikes

Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 0:00
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Damascus

British MPs have voted to authorise UK air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria.
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VIDEO: What impact can UK forces have in Syria?

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015, 22:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK will take part in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after MPs voted in favour of the action.
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Leaders clash over Syria air strikes

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015, 15:23
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A mammoth 10-hour debate is expected before MPs vote whether to authorise UK airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria.
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Many German Tornadoes 'not airworthy'

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015, 11:20
related countries: Germany Germany

Only 29 of Germany's 66 Tornado jets are airworthy, a defence ministry report has revealed, ahead of a Bundestag vote on action in Syria.
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VIDEO: UK MPs debate Syria air strikes

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015, 10:55
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out the arguments for and against bombing Syria ahead of a vote by MPs on the issue.
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