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Flames billow following a reported car bomb explosion at a Syrian pro-government position in Daraa on February 20, 2017. (AFP/File)
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Regime warplanes struck the Damascus suburb of Barza in violation of a ceasefire deal between the Assad regime and opposition forces.
A large number of civilians are forced to flee their homes every day as Turkish-backed militants make advances in the city. (AFP/File)
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At least 110 civilians have been killed by Turkish airstrikes in the Daesh-held Syrian city of al-Bab over the past two weeks
The Lebanese government estimates that around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in unofficial camps around the country in deteriorating economic conditions. (AFP/File)
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The $1.9 billion includes $1.57 billion given by donors in 2016 and $344 million carried over from 2015 by U.N. Agencies, the World Bank and NGOs.
Russian soldiers in the Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
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The four deaths raise the number of Russian military officially reported killed in Syria to 26 since September 2015.

February 20, 2017

A female fighter in a pro-Kurdish image. [Twitter]
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In northeastern Syria, there exists a fighting group not only comprised entirely of women, but also revered by their community.
Chief opposition negotiator Mohammad Alloush (C) of the Jaish al-Islam looks on during the second session of Syria peace talks at the Rixos President Hotel in Astana, on February 16, 2017. (AFP/Stanislav Filippov)
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The upsurge in attacks has mostly taken place in Homs, the outskirts of Damascus, and Deraa province.
Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, search for survivors following reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, east of Damascus, on February 19, 2017. (AFP/Sameer al-Doumy)
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Violence is escalating in the area near the Jordanian border as government forces try to retake the province from opposition fighters.

February 19, 2017

Tens of thousands of people march holding a banner reading "Enough excuses! Let's welcome them now" in a street of Barcelona during a pro-refugee demonstration on February 18, 2017. (AFP/Josep Lago)
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Spain has been slow to make good on its pledge to take in more than 17,000 refugees over a two-year period.
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Daesh bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, in June 2016. (AFP/File)
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Both Syria's Kurds - supported by the US - and Bashar al-Assad have condemned Turkey's military activity as a violation of Syria's sovereignty.
Syrian army tanks are positioned on the eastern outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 17, 2017. (AFP/George Ourfalian)
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Russia says its long-range bombers have fired cruise missiles at Daesh's main stronghold in eastern Syria.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011. (AFP/File)
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Regime forces shelled the Qaboun neighborhood in eastern Damascus for the second day, killing four people.
The Real Madrid superstar, 32, often visits the country while Hollywood actress Jolie is well known for her charity work. (Beiruting)
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The show highlights the plight of one Syrian refugee family.
Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the war. (AFP/File)
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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "seven rockets and several shells hit areas on the edges of Qabun."

February 18, 2017

The Russian warplanes reportedly destroyed the militants’ bases and training camps as well as a Daesh command center in Raqqa. (AFP/File)
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The Russian warplanes successfully destroyed the militants’ bases and training camps as well as a Daesh command center.
Erdogan linked the resolution of the Syrian crisis with confronting 'terrorism', especially the Daesh group inside Syria. (AFP/File)
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Erdogan linked the resolution of the Syrian crisis with confronting 'terrorism', especially the Daesh group inside Syria.

February 17, 2017

Syrian Red Crescent personnel evacuate the body of a man following a reported mortar strike by rebel fighters in a government-held part of the Syrian city of Homs, on February 10, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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Around 40 percent of Deraa is under opposition control.
Mihael Petrelis glances at the appellate court's decision outside a federal appeals court after it ruled against lifting the stay on U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order imposing a temporary immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority nations in San Francisco, California. (AFP/Elijah Nouvelage)
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The revised executive order may explicitly exclude green card holders from the travel ban.
In Geneva, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland called on parties to allow aid convoys to reach besieged and hard-to-reach areas of Syria to demonstrate "goodwill" before envoys gather for talks on 23 February. (AFP/File)
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The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, was meanwhile meeting with top Russian officials in Moscow in the run-up to the anticipated start of Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

February 16, 2017

Turkey backed Syrian opposition fighters walk with their weapons in the northeastern outskirts of the Syrian town of al-Bab, Daesh's last stronghold in Syria's Aleppo's province, on February 15, 2017. (AFP/Rafat Ahmed)
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Turkish soldiers and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have been fighting Daesh in its last stronghold in northern Syria.
The Latin star says that he is proud of his reputation as a needy, "cheesy romantic." (Instagram)
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The Latin star says that he is proud of his reputation as a needy, "cheesy romantic."
Supporters of Assad gather in 2010 (Flickr, image used for illustrative purposes only)
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The Syrian President has defended the controversial immigration policy of his American counterpart in eyebrow-raising statements.
Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, is seen at the previous round of peace talks in Astana. (AFP/File)
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Syrian rebels earlier this week had threatened to boycott the talks.
Pro-government forces shelled the city’s al-Waer neighbourhood with tank and artillery fire in conjunction with the airstrikes. (AFP/File)
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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that nine civilians were killed in the raids.

February 15, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed since the start of Syria's war. (AFP/File)
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Opposition forces appear to have encircled a number of militias belonging to Iran and Lebanese group Hizballah in the town of Kafraya
Syria's armed rebel groups have been invited to Astana talks this month. (AFP/File)
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The opposition factions that took part in the [first] Astana negotiations have reportedly been invited to the talks over the next two days.

February 14, 2017

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks to the media after a hearing February 10, 2017 in front of a US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. Herring attended the hearing for a request he filed to block the travel ban executive order issued by President Donald Trump. (AFP/Alex Wong)
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Virginia became the third state to block Trump's executive order on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
178 targets were destroyed over 24 hours of Operation Euphrates Shield. (AFP/File)
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Operation Euphrates Shield, in which Turkish forces are backing Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters, is currently focused on taking the town of Al-Bab, 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Turkish border.
US airstrike on Iraqi city of Fallujah, 2004 (Wikimedia Commons, image used for illustrative purposes only)
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As well as large numbers of non-combatants in Iraq.
The aftermath of an airstrike in Aleppo, 2015. (AFP/File)
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Regime helicopters dropped chlorine bombs on rebel-held eastern Aleppo between November 17 to December 13, killing at least nine people, including four children.
Millions have been displaced, both inside and outside of Syria, since the start of the war. (AFP/File)
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nitiating negotiations requires seriousness and concrete measures to build trust.”

February 13, 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Damascus and militants had exchanged 112 people under a swap deal. (AFP/File)
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The militant groups have not commented on the report so far.
This file photo taken around 5 kilometres west from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 25, 2016 shows Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)
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Al-Bab is Daesh's last urban stronghold in Aleppo province.
Mortar shelling in Damascus, Syria. (File photo)
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Most of the injured were children, a local opposition source reported.
Russian assaults against the rebel-held Idlib province have escalated over the past week despite the ceasefire accords. (AFP/File)
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Last week at least 26 people were killed after suspected Russian airstrikes hit Idlib.

February 12, 2017

Daesh militants are fighting to keep hold of their bases in Syria as the group loses ground in Iraq. (AFP/File)
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A new phase in the operation began earlier this month by Western-backed Syrian forces.
Fighting has heated up in and around the Syrian town of al-Bab. (AFP/File)
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Turkish tanks were seen supporting the Free Syrian army’s Sultan Murad brigade in clashes with Assad loyalists.
The main opposition umbrella group has called on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end ceasefire violations.
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The High Negotiations Committee [HNC] of the Syrian opposition said it had chosen its 20-member delegation for the talks.

February 11, 2017

Assad's words will probably be used to further vilify refugees. (AFP/File)
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed some of the millions of refugees who have fled his country's conflict are "terrorists," in an interview published Friday.
Turkey launched a cross-border operation in August in Syria, but the offensive stalled around al-Bab, with Daesh forces putting up heavy resistance. (Twitter)
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Turkey and its rebel allies now share a lengthy frontline with Syrian government forces and loyalist militias. Damascus sees the Turkish military's control of nearly 2,000 square kilometres in Syria as an occupation.

February 10, 2017

Military honour guards carry the coffin of Mahmut Uslu, one of five Turkish soldiers killed on Ferbuary 7, in an attack by IS militants around the Syrian town al-Bab, as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (3rdR) attends the funeral ceremony in Ankara, on February 9, 2017. (AFP/Adem Altan)
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The incident has been labeled 'friendly fire' and was not intentional.
 Mihael Petrelis glances at the appellate court's decision outside a federal appeals court after it ruled against lifting the stay on U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order imposing a temporary immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority nations in San Francisco, California. (AFP/Elijah Nouvelage)
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President Donald Trump reacted to the court's decision by tweeting angrily.
The Turkish army has been supporting Syrian rebels in an attempt to seize the city of al-Bab from Daesh control. (AFP/File)
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The five reported deaths Thursday add to five other soldiers killed in clashes with Daesh this week.

February 9, 2017

Syria’s Saydnaya prison: ‘The wound in our souls that will never stop bleeding’ (Pixabay, picture for illustrative purposes only)
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Many across the Arab world and beyond disgusted but not surprised by the recent Amnesty International report about a Syrian regime prison where 13,000 were executed across five years.
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters, stands guard outside of Raqqa, during their offensive towards Daesh's stronghold in Syria on February 8, 2017. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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Regime forces have made major advances against Daesh in the last few days.

February 8, 2017

Photo: @babagol.net
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The beautiful game returns to war-torn Aleppo, as Kuwait welcomed an Iraqi player for the first time in 30 years.
Rebel fighters near the town of Bizaah, northeast of the city of al-Bab on 4 February. (AFP/File)
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Rebel fighters took the western fringes of the town with Turkish military support.
Lebanese forces on patrol in the border town of Arsal. (AFP/File)
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The militant commander, Ahmad Wahid al-Abed, was killed when an explosion ripped through his vehicle outside of Arsal.
The "Sultan of Music" will perform in Cairo on 24 February. (File photo)
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Put down that drink, George.
A passenger from a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia inbound flight, arrives at the international arrivals hall at Washington Dulles International Airport February 6, 2017. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
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The US embassy in Riyadh has confirmed that nationals from the seven countries previously banned under Trump's executive order are now permitted to travel to the US if their visas remain valid.