Syria

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

A number of buses meant to evacuate opposition fighters and their families have been sent to the rebel-held sector of Syria’s Aleppo as part of a deal, according to reports. Syrian state television reported on Sunday that the deal between the government and opposition fighters to evacuate people from east Aleppo, in return for the […]

East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes

East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes

The last operating hospital in east Aleppo has been destroyed by airstrikes, leaving up to 250,000 residents without access to surgery or specialist care, and rebel-held districts at the point of collapse. Another four hospitals were hit and forced to close on Friday, before the Omar bin Abdul Aziz facility was struck just after 8.30pm, […]

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Religion is not the strongest driving force behind thousands of foreign fighters joining Isis and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, a report by US military researchers has found. A new study by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point revealed that the vast majority of almost 1,200 militants surveyed had no formal […]

Syria war: Aleppo pounded by air strikes for second day, More than 80 killed

Syria war: Aleppo pounded by air strikes for second day, More than 80 killed

Air strikes and artillery have pounded rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo for a second day, killing dozens of people, damaging medical facilities and flattening residential buildings. Sources told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that at least 84 people had been killed and dozens wounded in and around Aleppo city over the past 48 hours, as air […]

Syria’s Aleppo: 99 civilians killed in two days

Syria’s Aleppo: 99 civilians killed in two days

At least 99 Syrians have been killed across the eastern half of the city Aleppo over the past two days, in what activists and residents believe was Russian and Syrian air bombardment of their rebel-held neighbourhoods. According to rescue groups, Russian raids killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 25 on Thursday morning across several […]

Syrian army seizes Aleppo villages, takes aim at Raqqa

Syrian army seizes Aleppo villages, takes aim at Raqqa

Syrian government forces have continued to tighten their grip around Aleppo province, as they push for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) stronghold in Raqqa, a monitoring group and state media have said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that government forces backed by Russian air strikes have captured […]

Refugees are becoming Russia’s weapon of choice in Syria

Refugees are becoming Russia’s weapon of choice in Syria

Russia’s flat denials of responsibility for the lethal bombing of hospitals and schools in Syria cut no ice in Ankara. Senior Turkish officials say Vladimir Putin and his Syrian allies are shamelessly using increased refugee outflows resulting from these and similar attacks as a weapon of war – one that is deliberately aimed at Turkey […]

The Syrian Civil War has become a perpetual conflict: Aaron Stein

The Syrian Civil War has become a perpetual conflict: Aaron Stein

On Saturday, February 13, the Turkish Armed Forces opened fire on fighters from the Kurdish-dominated People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Jaysh al-Thuwar, an Arab majority militia, near Syria’s border town of Azaz. These two groups have taken advantage of the recent Russian and regime-led offensive north of Aleppo city to challenge the rebel-held towns of […]

UN Security Council agrees on Syria peace plan

UN Security Council agrees on Syria peace plan

The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed on the text of a draft resolution for peace talks in January and a ceasefire aimed at ending the war in Syria. All 15 members of the council agreed to approve the text, which came after hours of negotiation between world powers on Friday. Al Jazeera’s Diplomatic Editor […]

Syria’s civilians living a ‘life worse than death’

Syria’s civilians living a ‘life worse than death’

Every year, Syria’s crisis demands more of the world’s aid than the last. Every year, this crisis demands more of Syrians than the last. “Every day is worse than yesterday,” Abu Mohammed tells me as we sit in a damp room in a basement that’s been home for him and his wife and seven children […]