Conditions in northwest Syria 'at crisis point', aid groups say

Dozens of international aid groups have warned that humanitarian conditions in Syria's north west have reached a new "crisis point", as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold.

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Women giving birth in unsafe conditions and children dying in Syrian camps, MSF reveal

Children are dying from preventable diseases and women are giving birth in unsafe conditions in a Syrian camp, Médecins Sans Frontières have said.

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US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

The announcement marks the end of a four-and-a-half year campaign by an array of forces against the extremist group.

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Trump’s claim that Islamic State territory in Syria is eliminated disputed

It is understood the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are not yet ready to claim victory in IS’s final stronghold of Baghouz.

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IS militants stage counter-attack from final stronghold

The Islamic State group has been making its last stand in Baghouz.

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Dundalk woman detained in Syria 'will be treated like any other Irish citizien'

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe says Lisa Smith will be treated like any Irish citizen who finds themselves in trouble abroad.

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Varadkar: Irish woman detained in Syria has right to return to Ireland

The Taoiseach says the State will have to determine if an Irish woman detained in Syria is a threat to Ireland should she return.

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Plea to restore Shamima Begum’s British citizenship in wake of baby’s death

A lawyer for Shamima Begum has asked the Home Office to make the decision as ‘an act of mercy’.

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Lebanon leads the way in showing mercy to those fleeing Syrian war

Lebanon, in crisis since its own civil war and now overwhelmed by one million Syrian refugees depends on charities like Home of Hope to cater for its countless street children, many of whom are forced to sell their bodies to survive, writes Victoria White

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Shamima Begum’s baby is believed to have died, lawyer says

The 19-year-old gave birth to the boy in a refugee camp in Syria, having previously lost two children.

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Ireland respected for Syrian aid work, foreign affairs committee told

The committee was told there is currently ‘no sign of peace although the regime has regained control’.

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Oireachtas committee to hear from NGOs who are working in Syria today

It will hear from Non-Governmental Organisations who are working in the war-torn country as the crisis there continues.

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Readers' blog: Suffering in Syria cannot be allowed to continue

As Syria nears the eighth anniversary of conflict, 500,000 people have been killed, 6.5m people have fled, and 6m are displaced.

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IS fighters put up fierce resistance to defend last pocket in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces resumed an offensive to recapture the area in Baghouz on Friday night.

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Dutch husband of runaway teenage IS bride wants pair to live in Netherlands

Ms Begum was 15 when she ran away from her home in east London to join IS in 2015.

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Watchdog says toxic chemical was used in Syria attack

The attack on Douma, blamed by some on Syria’s government, prompted air strikes by the US, UK and France.

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Civilians evacuated from last enclave held by Islamic State militants in Syria

A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians has left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, signalling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week.

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Shamima Begum claims revoking of British citizenship is ‘unjust’

The 19-year-old, who left the UK to travel to Syria aged 15, said she was ‘a bit shocked’ when she learned of the move by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

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UK strips Shamima Begum of citizenship, family told

British Ministers will seek an order ‘depriving’ the 19-year-old Londoner of her British citizenship, her family’s solicitor said.

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UN concerned about 200 families trapped in Syrian enclave

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said she is concerned about the condition of some 200 families trapped in the last remaining area held by Islamic State in eastern Syria.

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'She needs a chance' - Danny Dyer urges UK to let Shamima Begum return

The EastEnders star said the runaway schoolgirl must have been ‘lost within her soul’ to go to Syria.

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Shamima Begum does not regret joining Islamic State where she was ‘a housewife’

The 19-year-old said she may have made a mistake but that living in Syria had “changed me as a person”.

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US-backed Syria force says Islamic State holding 1,000 civilians

Syrian Democratic Forces officials have said the extremists are hiding among civilians in a tented village and using a network of caves and tunnels.

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Family of Shamima Begum believe she has given birth

Both the teenager and her baby son are said to be in good health, Ms Begum’s family said.

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Europe should take back Islamic State fighters, says Trump

The president warned about the impact of the IS fighters.

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IS fighters bring hundreds of civilians up from tunnels to use as human shields in last stand

The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said.

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Syrian troops enter flashpoint town after Turkey threatens offensive

A Kurdish official said the troops arrived only at the front lines in Manbij.

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22 Syrian families, including 58 children, resettled in Ireland

The families have been living in the UNHCR refugee camp in Lebanon since fleeing the conflict in Syria.

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Mattis resigns as US defence secretary following Syria withdrawal

The surprise announcement is thought to have been the last straw for the man seen as a moderating influence on Donald Trump.

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US to withdraw all American troops in Syria, official says

Military leaders argue that Islamic State remains a threat and could regroup as it battles in Syria’s long-running civil war.

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President Trump suggests US troops no longer needed in Syria

His tweet followed a series of news reports that the US is preparing to withdraw its troops from Syria.

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Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take last town held by Islamic State

The town of Hajin was IS’s main stronghold in the last pocket of land they control in eastern Syria.

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More than 100 injured in chemical attack, say Syrian officials

Rebel commanders and opposition figures denied carrying out a chemical attack and accused the government of trying to undermine a ceasefire.

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Luxury city project in Damascus points to Syrian rebuilding blueprint

The Marota City has been criticised as an attempt by Bashar Assad to expropriate property and consolidate post-war power.

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Syrian group documents ‘Russian attacks on civilians’

Syrian Archive has created a database of more than 3,000 verified videos of the incidents.

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Japanese journalist freed from Syria happy to be home after ‘hell’

Mr Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by the group known at the time as Nusra Front.

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Japan confirms identity of journalist freed from Syria

Jumpei Yasuda was kidnapped in 2015 by al Qaida’s branch in Syria.

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Regime loyalists hail reopening of Syria’s borders as ‘fruits of victory’

Syria’s President Bashar Assad has made gains in the civil war that has ravaged the country.

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Syria demands withdrawal of all foreign troops

The United States has around 2,000 troops in northern Syria, working with local forces against Islamic State militants in the country.

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Briton claiming to be Birmingham pharmacist held in Syria on suspicion of being IS member

Footage showing him being questioned by his captors has now emerged on social media.

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Latest: Putin blames military plane crash on tragic circumstances

Latest: Israel has expressed sorrow for the deaths of the Russian aircrew downed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire - and also blames Hezbollah and Iran for the incident.

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Putin announces demilitarised zone for Syria’s Idlib region

The zone will prevent a humanitarian crisis, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Leaders of Russia and Turkey meet to discuss Syrian situation

Idlib and surrounding areas is home to more than three million Syrians, and an estimated 60,000 rebel fighters.

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Diplomats from Iran, Russia and Turkey meet UN envoy on Syria

The talks in Geneva come amid concerns about a looming battle for northern Idlib province.

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Russia and Iran back military action while Turkey urges Syria ceasefire

The disagreement narrows the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster.

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Idlib assault looms as Syria summit begins

Each of the three nations involved has its own interests in the long war in Syria.

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Air strikes hit Idlib as Syria summit begins

Iran, Russia and Turkey all have competing interests over the country.

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Syrian rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of Idlib offensive

Observers said the explosions came after rebels detected government troop movement in the area.

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Bashar Assad marks Eid festival at Damascus mosque after year of victories

The Syrian president’s forces have recaptured most rebel strongholds.

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Syria’s White Helmets and the long history of attacking wartime humanitarians

The evacuation of 422 White Helmet volunteers from Syria seemingly marks the end of a daring five-year humanitarian mission in one of the world’s most war torn countries, writes James Crossland.

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Death toll in Syrian rebel town rises following explosion

At least 67 people were killed in the incident in Sarmada.

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Dozens, including 21 women and children, killed in Syria blast

The explosion collapsed two five-storey buildings.

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Dozens killed in blast at arms depot in Syria

A mysterious blast in Syria's north has killed at least 36 people, including children, opposition activists said.

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Death toll tops 200 as Islamic State targets Syria region

Suicide bombings in the city of Sweida were apparently timed to coincide with attacks on villages.

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Suicide bombings kill dozens in southern Syria

The rare attacks in Sweida and its capital came amid a government offensive in the country’s south.

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Israel evacuates ‘White Helmets’ from Syria border

Jordan’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that 800 Syrian citizens have entered their territory to be resettled in Western countries.

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US, Britain and Canada to evacuate Syrian aid workers

They will be sent to countries including Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and possibly Canada, according to officials.

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Thousands evacuated from pro-government villages besieged by Syrian rebels

The regime is expected to release some detained insurgents in return.

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Syrian government raises flag over the first city to revolt against President Assad in 2011

Daraa was the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war.

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