Syria

Nationwide Syria Cease-fire Announced

Nationwide Syria Cease-fire Announced

The Syrian government and several rebel groups have agreed to a nationwide cease-fire beginning Friday. As with previous halts in fighting, the deal applies to the Syrian military and…

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Should Leave Syria

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Should Leave Syria

ANKARA —  Turkey says Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group should withdraw from Syria and a nationwide cease-fire should come into effect before the end of the year. The Iran…

Russia Announces Major Airstrikes on Syria's Idlib, Homs Provinces

Russia Announces Major Airstrikes on Syria's Idlib, Homs Provinces

Russia said Tuesday its air force launched a major operation targeting Syria’s Idlib and Homs provinces. The defense ministry said the operation includes warplanes from Russia’s…

Barbers Back in Business in Mosul Neighborhood

Barbers Back in Business in Mosul Neighborhood

After Iraqi forces routed Islamic State from Mosul’s Intisar neighborhood last week, residents jammed a local barbershop to shave off IS-imposed beards. For VOA, Kawa Omar reports from…

Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege

Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege

Fighting raged Sunday on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with rebels trying to split a Russian-backed government force laying siege to the eastern half of…

Airstrikes, Fighting Continue in Aleppo

Airstrikes, Fighting Continue in Aleppo

Syrian rebels continued their efforts Saturday to shake Aleppo from the government’s siege, as airstrikes hit the edges of the divided city. Rebel commander Abu Mustafa told the…

Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa

Allies Resist US Plan to Attack Raqqa

A proposed U.S.-backed offensive on the Islamic State terror group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa is encountering problems, because Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists the Syrian…

Calls Grow for Accountability on Syria School Attack

Calls Grow for Accountability on Syria School Attack

The grinding war in Syria this week registered a new low, when the United Nations reported that an airstrike that killed dozens of students and teachers was the deadliest attack…

Syrian Rebels Fight for Control of Aleppo

Syrian Rebels Fight for Control of Aleppo

Syrian rebel groups say they have begun their large-scale offensive in Aleppo to break the government’s siege on neighborhoods in the eastern part of the divided city…