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UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Syrian ground troops capture rebel enclave

Syrian troops pushed their way into a northwestern rebel-held enclave Wednesday, clashing with insurgents and capturing a strategically located village at the southern edge, widening an offensive that had previously …


Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world’s oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Syria says capital is free of militants after defeat of IS

Syria’s military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Syrian TV reports Israeli attack near capital Damascus

Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack …


Reports: Fighting near Syrian capital kills, wounds dozens

Fighting between Syrian troops and Islamic State group fighters in southern neighborhoods of the capital Damascus left dozens of people dead or wounded on Friday, according to a war monitor …


Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria – the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Violence claims more lives in Syrian capital and suburbs

Syrian government forces pressed their offensive against the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus on Saturday under the cover of airstrikes as shelling of civilian areas …


Violence breaks out near Syrian capital, killing dozens

Syrian troops began a ground offensive under the cover of airstrikes on rebel-held areas outside the capital Damascus on Friday after a 10-day truce collapsed over disagreement regarding evacuation of …


Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military …


More civilians leave Syrian rebel enclave as army advances

A small group of Syrian civilians left the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus on Monday while the area’s largest armed rebel group said it agreed with …


Syrian troops cut major roads in suburbs of Damascus

Syrian government forces succeeded Saturday in their deepest push yet into the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, cutting off a major highway that made it hard to move between …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Reports: Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital

Government forces carried out punishing airstrikes against an opposition-held suburb of Damascus Wednesday, seeking to divide the besieged enclave in two and further squeeze rebels and tens of thousands of …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

U.N. begins aid delivery to rebel-held suburbs of Damascus

Desperate for food and medicine, Syrian civilians in the war-ravaged eastern suburbs of Damascus hoped for relief Monday as a 46-truck aid convoy began entering the rebel stronghold, the first …


U.N. official: Pauses in Syria suburb unilateral, ‘not enough’

The five-hour daily pauses in fighting in Syria’s embattled eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus – laid out under a “unilateral” plan by Russia – are not enough to take …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Violence drops in Syrian capital, its suburbs after U.N. vote

Despite a drop in intensity, shelling and bombardment in the Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs killed at least six people Sunday following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Damascus suburb strikes kill scores, U.N. votes for cease-fire

A new wave of airstrikes and shelling on eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus left at least 22 people dead and dozens wounded Saturday, raising the death toll of …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates

World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100

Government forces bombed the northeastern suburbs of the Syrian capital for a second straight day on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and raising the specter of a full-scale offensive …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Rebel areas pounded by Syrian forces despite cease-fire call

Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of airstrikes and shelling on Tuesday, plunging the besieged area just outside of Syria’s capital of Damascus into a spiral of …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 8:06 a.m.

Syrian troops step up attacks on rebel-held areas

Syrian government forces and their Russian allies stepped up attacks on rebel-held areas on Monday, killing at least 23 civilians east of Damascus and striking at hospitals and residential buildings …


Anger in Damascus after mortar attack kills 3-year-old

Fadi Khoury was shopping with his wife and three-year-old boy in Damascus when the barrage of mortars crashed around them, severely wounding the couple and killing their only child.


Syria: Hundreds left behind in evacuations near Damascus

More than 400 patients on a U.N. list waiting for evacuations from a siege in Syria were left behind on Friday as the Red Cross said it had finished transferring …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:18 p.m.

Syria: IS militants defeated in last major stronghold

Pro-government forces defeated the Islamic State group in its last major stronghold in Syria, state media and a monitoring group reported on Sunday, leaving the militants to defend just strips …


Syria: Damascus suburbs violence kills at least 5 children

At least five children and two rescue workers were killed Friday in a Damascus suburb during a government bombing campaign amid escalating violence in and around the capital despite a …


Syria activists: 22 civilians die in fighting near Damascus

Syrian government shelling and airstrikes have killed nearly two dozen civilians in three days of fighting in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, where rebels are trying to take over …


3 Syrian rebel groups agree to Damascus truce

Three Syrian opposition factions have agreed to cease fire in southern Damascus under an agreement brokered by Egypt and Russia that was not signed by the Syrian government, officials said …


Russia says its jets helping encircle IS-held town in Syria

Russian warplanes are supporting a Damascus government offensive against the Islamic State group in a town in central Syria, the military said Friday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 9:53 p.m.

Syria to facilitate chemical weapons team mission, official says

An international chemical weapons delegation will visit Syria in the coming days and Damascus will facilitate its mission to uncover who used chemical weapons in the country earlier this year, …


Syrian government forces besiege rebel-held Damascus area

Syrian troops intensified their bombardment of opposition-held areas around Damascus on Monday and besieged a rebel neighborhood northeast of the city, the latest in the government’s push to erase battlefield …