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Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in September 2013, pressed by Russia after a deadly chemical weapons attack that the West blamed on Damascus.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Russia, Syria clash with US over chemical weapons sanctions in UNSC

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:37 PM IST
The confrontation in the UN Security Council foreshadowed a showdown when the 193 member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons meet in The Hague, Netherlands, in April to consider a French-drafted measure, on behalf of 46 countries, to suspend Syria’s “rights and privileges” in the body.
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Sytnik said that according to the Syrian side, there had been 16 attacks.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Sytnik said that according to the Syrian side, there had been 16 attacks.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Terrorists carry out 17 attacks on Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Idlib
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 05:45 AM IST
“We registered 17 attacks from the positions of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the provinces of Idlib (12 attacks), Latakia (2), Hama (2) and Aleppo (1),” Rear Adm. Sytnik said.
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The village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria.(Reuters/ File photo)
The village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria.(Reuters/ File photo)

Syrian state media says 28 killed in a bus ambush in Deir al-Zor

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Damascus
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:13 AM IST
A senior military defector in the area said the vehicle carried soldiers and pro-government militias who had finished their leave and were on their way back to their base in the desolate, sparsely populated area.
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Lebanon is host to more than 1 million refugees, nearly a quarter of the country’s population of 5 million.(AFP)
Lebanon is host to more than 1 million refugees, nearly a quarter of the country’s population of 5 million.(AFP)

Syrian refugee camp burnt to ground in northern Lebanon

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beirut
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:26 PM IST
The fire ensued following a fight between a Lebanese family in al-Miniyeh in the country’s north and Syrians living in the camp, according to Lebanese media reports.
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Israeli jets regularly violate Lebanese airspace and have often struck inside Syria from Lebanese territory. But the Christmas Eve flights were louder than usual, frightening residents of Beirut.(Reuters file photo)
Israeli jets regularly violate Lebanese airspace and have often struck inside Syria from Lebanese territory. But the Christmas Eve flights were louder than usual, frightening residents of Beirut.(Reuters file photo)

Israeli jets fly over Beirut, explosions reported in Syria

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beirut
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:38 AM IST
In the past few years, Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes in Syria, most of them aimed at suspected Iranian weapons shipments believed to be bound for Hezbollah.
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Foreign Minister Heiko Maas did not further identify the women or children, who were flown back to Germany on Saturday.(AP)
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas did not further identify the women or children, who were flown back to Germany on Saturday.(AP)

Germany brings home 3 women, 12 kids from camps in Syria

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Berlin
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:35 PM IST
European governments, however, have been reluctant to take back the often radicalized Islamic State supporters and sentiment is running high across Europe against the returnees.
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The vehicle detonated at a checkpoint manned by the town’s security forces and a Turkish-backed faction.(AP file photo)
The vehicle detonated at a checkpoint manned by the town’s security forces and a Turkish-backed faction.(AP file photo)

Car bomb kills 16 including 3 Turkish troops in northeast Syria

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 10:02 PM IST
Twelve were also wounded when the vehicle detonated at a checkpoint manned by the town’s security forces and a Turkish-backed faction, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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Syrian archives images of Damascus homes to preserve them(Instagram/raniakataf)
Syrian archives images of Damascus homes to preserve them(Instagram/raniakataf)

Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Damascus
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 02:07 PM IST
35-year-old Rania Kataf creates a digital archive of the buildings of Old Damascus, Syria’s war-torn capital, after being ‘inspired by European photographers who tried to document buildings in their cities during the Second World War so architects could later rebuild part of them’
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An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday(Reuters file photo)
An air strike killed a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday(Reuters file photo)

Air strike kills Iranian commander at Iraq-Syria border: Officials

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Baghdad
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 06:46 AM IST
Iraqi security and local militia officials could not confirm the identity of the commander, who they said was killed alongside three other men travelling in a vehicle with him.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Alexei Tsydenov, the governor of Buryatia, via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia.(AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin during his meeting with Alexei Tsydenov, the governor of Buryatia, via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia.(AP)

Russia, Syria under pressure at chemical weapons watchdog

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Arpan Rai | The Hague
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 07:03 PM IST
Moscow was urged by Western nations to “transparently” reveal the circumstances of the Novichok nerve agent poisoning of opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
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The United Nations Security Council meets about the situation in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan, New York in February.(Reuters file photo)
The United Nations Security Council meets about the situation in Syria at United Nations Headquarters in the Manhattan, New York in February.(Reuters file photo)

UN hosts latest round of talks on Syria’s constitution

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Geneva
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 08:13 PM IST
The meeting, involving 15 people from each delegation, is the fourth among the so-called Constitutional Committee.
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A health worker wearing a protective face mask checks the temperature of a woman while conducting door to door survey to identify symptomatic people amid a spike in the Covid-19 cases in New Delhi.(Reuters Photo)
A health worker wearing a protective face mask checks the temperature of a woman while conducting door to door survey to identify symptomatic people amid a spike in the Covid-19 cases in New Delhi.(Reuters Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: 5,475 fresh cases push Delhi’s Covid tally to over 551,000 and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:04 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the western outskirts of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib.(AFP)
Smoke billows following a reported Russian airstrike on the western outskirts of the mostly rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib.(AFP)

Air strikes kill 19 Iran-backed fighters in Syria: Monitor

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Beirut
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:14 PM IST
The early morning strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province, killing mostly foreign fighters, the Observatory said.
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Bashar Assad’s rule, half of it spent in war, is different from his father’s in some ways, dependent on allies like Iran and Russia rather than projecting Arab nationalism(AP)
Bashar Assad’s rule, half of it spent in war, is different from his father’s in some ways, dependent on allies like Iran and Russia rather than projecting Arab nationalism(AP)

In ruins, Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Damascus
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:08 PM IST
The country is in ruins from a decade of civil war that killed a half million people, displaced half the population and wiped out the economy, but Hafez’s son, Bashar Assad, has an unquestioned grip on what remains.
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A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)

Trump fires US defence secretary Mark Esper

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 09:25 AM IST
Esper was Trump’s second defence secretary. The first, James Mattis, had resigned over policy differences with the president about troops in Syria.
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Irfan Nasir (left) and Ahamed Abdul Cader.(Source: NIA)
Irfan Nasir (left) and Ahamed Abdul Cader.(Source: NIA)

14-member IS module that returned ‘disillusioned’ from Iraq, Syria busted: NIA

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 08:52 PM IST
Officials said the agency learnt about the Bengaluru module while questioning Abdul Rahman, an ophthalmologist arrested from Bengaluru in August in connection with the case involving Jahanzaib Sami and Hina Bashir Baig, the couple arrested for their alleged links with IS
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The sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country.(AP)
The sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country.(AP)

UN: At least 16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Cairo
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Libyan fishermen spotted the sinking boat late Thursday, said the International Organisation for Migration, and managed to pull 22 people from the water, including those from Egypt, Bangladesh, Syria, Somalia and Ghana.
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US has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria(Reuters)
US has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria(Reuters)

US sends troops, armoured vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said the US has also sent in radar systems and increased fighter jet patrols over the region to better protect American and coalition forces.
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in this file photo. US President Donald Trump said on Fox News Tuesday that he doesn’t regret his decision not to move forward with Assad’s killing, but faulted former Defense Secretary James James Mattis.(Reuters Photo)
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen in this file photo. US President Donald Trump said on Fox News Tuesday that he doesn’t regret his decision not to move forward with Assad’s killing, but faulted former Defense Secretary James James Mattis.(Reuters Photo)

Trump says he wanted to kill Syria’s Assad after earlier denying it

By Bloomberg | Posted by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 07:18 PM IST
A book written by Journalist Bob Woodward in 2018 said Trump urged Mattis to come up with a plan to kill Assad, but that the then-Defense secretary did not go along with the president’s demands.
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Syria has recorded 3,229 cases of Covid-19, with 137 deaths registered in zones controlled by the Damascus government.(Reuters)
Syria has recorded 3,229 cases of Covid-19, with 137 deaths registered in zones controlled by the Damascus government.(Reuters)

42 UN staffers, dependants catch Covid in war-hit Syria

By Agencies | Beirut/ Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 04:51 AM IST
Three people had to be medically evacuated, but most of the others had only “mild” symptoms. The suspected cases were self-isolating for a 14-day period, he said, adding the virus had sickened people working in different UN agencies across the country.
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Jahanzaib Sami (36) and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh (39), both from Srinagar, were the first ones to be arrested in the case in March this year by Delhi Police’s Special Cell from Okhla after which the probe was handed over to the NIA.(NIA.)
Jahanzaib Sami (36) and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh (39), both from Srinagar, were the first ones to be arrested in the case in March this year by Delhi Police’s Special Cell from Okhla after which the probe was handed over to the NIA.(NIA.)

Kashmiri couple, techie from Hyderabad among 5 charged by NIA for ISKP links

By Neeraj Chauhan | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2020 07:59 PM IST
The agency said Jahanzaib, Hina Bashir, Abdullah Basith and Ms Sadiya were continuously in contact with ISIS operatives based in Khorasan and Syria.
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Islamic State, an ultra-conservative radical Sunni movement, has swept Iraq-Syria in the past decade.
Islamic State, an ultra-conservative radical Sunni movement, has swept Iraq-Syria in the past decade.

US to probe Pak’s ISIS terrorists in Syria, may complicate Imran Khan woes

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 11:37 AM IST
The US backed and predominantly Kurd Syrian Democratic Forces have shared a list of 29 Pakistanis among others who are in their custody for fighting for the Islamic State.
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The pandemic and the ensuing 68-day lockdown triggered job losses across sectors.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
The pandemic and the ensuing 68-day lockdown triggered job losses across sectors.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Logistics, tourism, hospitality generated most jobs in the aftermath of Covid-19 and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2020 09:01 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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File photo of Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East(AP File)
File photo of Gen Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East(AP File)

Islamic State threat in west Syria growing, warns US Commander

By Associated Press | Posted by Anubha Rohatgi | Washington
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 08:41 AM IST
US commander for the Middle East, Gen Frank McKenzie said that unless political leaders find a way to deradicalise and repatriate the displaced people in the camps, there will be another IS resurgence in the future.
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A member of security of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard as Syrian Kurdish women demonstrate in front of a US base in the countryside of the Hasakeh province.(AFP file photo)
A member of security of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard as Syrian Kurdish women demonstrate in front of a US base in the countryside of the Hasakeh province.(AFP file photo)

Syria condemns deal between Kurds and US firm as ‘theft’

By Agence France-Presse | Damascus
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 10:06 PM IST
Syria on Sunday condemned an agreement between Kurdish-led forces in the country’s northeast and a US oil company, describing it as “theft” and an “affront to national sovereignty”.
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An image grab from a video released by state-run Iran Press news agency on July 24, 2020, reportedly shows a fighter jet seen from an Iranian passenger plane after it was intercepted by a US F-15 while flying over Syria.(AFP)
An image grab from a video released by state-run Iran Press news agency on July 24, 2020, reportedly shows a fighter jet seen from an Iranian passenger plane after it was intercepted by a US F-15 while flying over Syria.(AFP)

Iran slams interception by US jet over Syria as ‘illegal’

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Tehran
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 10:56 PM IST
According to Iranian state TV, two fighter jets came within a distance of 100 meters (328 feet) of the Iranian Airbus A310. The pilot of Mahan Air Flight 1152 quickly took the aircraft to a lower altitude to avoid a collision, the report said. The sharp maneuver caused slight injuries among some of the passengers.
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A woman casts her vote inside a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria on July 19, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A woman casts her vote inside a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria on July 19, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Syrians vote for new parliament amid health measures against Covid-19

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Damascus, Syria
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2020 02:33 PM IST
The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. It has killed more than 400,000, displaced half the country’s population and sent more than five million as refugees mostly into neighbouring countries.
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Russia has vetoed 16 council resolutions related to Syria since Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on protesters in 2011, leading to civil war.(AP)
Russia has vetoed 16 council resolutions related to Syria since Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on protesters in 2011, leading to civil war.(AP)

On fifth attempt, UN Security Council renews Syria aid via Turkey

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New York, United States
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 12:07 PM IST
The United Nations describes the aid delivered from Turkey as a “lifeline” for Syrians in the country’s northwest. The 15-member council had been deadlocked, with most members pitted against Syrian allies Russia and China, which abstained on Saturday in the council’s fifth vote this week on the issue.
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FILE - In this April 19, 2020 photo file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria.(AP)
FILE - In this April 19, 2020 photo file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria.(AP)

UN to vote on reduced extension of cross-border aid to Syria

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Arpan Rai | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 12:21 AM IST
Saturday’s vote will be on a new draft text submitted overnight by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into Syria.
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Russia, Syria’s closest ally, has argued that aid should be delivered from within Syria across conflict lines. But the UN and humanitarian groups say aid for 2.8 million needy people in the northwest can’t get in that way.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Russia, Syria’s closest ally, has argued that aid should be delivered from within Syria across conflict lines. But the UN and humanitarian groups say aid for 2.8 million needy people in the northwest can’t get in that way.(AP file photo. Representative image)

UN fails for a 2nd time to agree on extending humanitarian aid to Syria

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | United Nations
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 02:19 PM IST
Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution backed by the 13 other council members that would have maintained two crossing points from Turkey for six months.
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