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Bahrain serves as base for Iraqi, Syrian archaeologists

Bahrain is serving as a base for Iraqi and Syrian archaeologists as they discuss ways to protect and restore historical sites damaged by the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
 More than 40 culture and antiquities experts who work for the

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Syria's Palmyra falls to Islamic State

Islamic State seized full control of the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Thursday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighbouring Iraq, suggesting momentum is building for the ultra-hardline group. T

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Islamic State controls half of Syria

Islamic State controls more than half of Syria's territory after its westwards advance into the central city of Palmyra, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday. The militant group, which already controlled wide tracts of

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Syria eyes new $1bn credit line from Iran

Syria hopes to receive a new credit line from Iran worth around $1 billion which it will use to buy basic goods, an assistant to Syria's minister of economy and foreign trade said on Wednesday. The comments come a day after Al

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Insurgents seize army base, tighten grip in Syria

Insurgents seized an army base in northwestern Syria from the military on Tuesday, compounding a series of setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad at the hands of rebel groups believed to have received extra backing from his regional enemies.

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Assad may need his friends more than ever

When Lebanon's Hezbollah first joined Syria's war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, its role was a closely guarded secret. Today, as Hezbollah plants its flag in land won from rebels north of Damascus, its role could hardly be mo

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Inspectors find undeclared sarin, VX traces in Syria

International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said. Samples taken by experts from

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Regional crises push Turkey, Saudi closer

Turkey is cultivating closer relations with Saudi Arabia's new leadership, putting aside long-standing differences over political Islam and aligning efforts to solve regional crises including the war in Syria. The rapprochemen

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IS takes over Palestinian refugee camp in Syria

Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday. The

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As regional war rages, Syria's Assad faces setbacks

In the course of a week, several setbacks for President Bashar Al-Assad have provided fresh reminders of the strains facing the Syrian army and its allies in the four-year-long struggle for Syria. In the southwest at the border wi

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