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Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, stand under an Islamic State (IS) group banner in the recently recaptured town of Al-Karamah, near the IS bastion of Raqqa, on March 26, 2017. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)
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The Kurdish Syrian Democratic forces said they seized Taqba airbase near Daesh's last main stronghold in Syria.
Tabqa dam (File photo)
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Fighting at a dam in Syria held by Daesh "the Islamic State group" has put the water barrier at risk of a catastrophic collapse, a technical source said.

March 26, 2017

Over the past few years hundreds of thousands have attempted the perilous sea journey in hopes of reaching Europe. (AFP/File)
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Meanwhile, Spanish aid workers say they fear hundreds of migrants may have died off the coast of Libya.

March 25, 2017

The monitoring group said that the dead included both prisoners and prison guards, adding that it had received information that a number of prisoners were shot dead while attempting to flee after airstrikes struck the prison.(AFP)
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A prison in rebel-held city of Idlib was struck, killing at least 16 people.
Head of the Nationalist Movement Party Devlet Bahceli described Erdogan’s proposal on naturalizing refugees as “irresponsible” and a threat to “social peace.” (AFP)
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Last year Erdogan proposed that nationality be granted to Syrians who posses assets that will benefit Turkey.
"We are here to remove terrorism from our country. However, in order to liberate the country from Daesh, we should first liberate it from the regime's state terrorism," Hariri told a news conference following his meeting with Mistura. (AFP)
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura met delegates from the Syrian regime in Geneva.

March 23, 2017

Syrian opposition forces near Raqqa, 2017. (AFP/ Delil Souleiman)
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Deputy UN Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy met on Thursday separately with regime and opposition delegations ahead of the formal start of a fifth round of peace talks in Geneva.
A Daesh militant in Raqqa, Syria (AFP)
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The last functioning hospital in Syria's Raqqa is only treating Daesh fighters, leaving civilians without any access to healthcare, activists say.

March 22, 2017

Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria. (AFP/File)
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According to the US-backed YPG, the assault killed at least 10 civilians on the Syrian side.
Archival image shows rubble from bombed-out buildings in the city of Raqqa, November 2014 (AFP)
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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State [Daesh] bombed a school being used as a shelter, killing at least 33 civilians.
Syrian refugees in Jordan represent almost 20 percent of the country's population. (AFP/File)
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Of the total funding requirement for aid to refugees this year, 3 percent was received until mid March, according to UNHCR.
Eyebrows have been raised by Trump's plan to slash 28 percent from the State Department's budget for diplomacy and foreign aid (AFP)
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Trump has ordered generals to create an accelerated strategy to 'eradicate' Daesh.
Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 20, 2017. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
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The move marks the first time the EU has blacklisted Syrian officials for the government’s alleged use of chlorine gas during the six-year conflict.

March 21, 2017

Would be immigrants wait to disembark in the port of Catania, on the island of Sicily on March 21, 2017 from the ship "Aquarius" following a rescue operation in the Mediterranean sea, where some 946 would be immigrants have been rescued. (AFP/Giovanni Isolino)
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Over 20,000 have made the dangerous sea crossing in the first three months of 2017.

March 20, 2017

Yasser Hussein al-Sayyid, a member of the group, Golan Victory [Twitter]
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A man reported to be a member of a Syrian pro-government militia allied with Hezbollah was killed in a suspected Israeli drone strike.
Smoke billows following a reported air strike in the rebel-held parts of the Jobar district, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, on March 19, 2017. (AFP/Amer Mohibany)
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Fierce fighting took place between government forces and militant groups after two car bombings occurred near the eastern edge of Damascus.

March 19, 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (left). [AFP]
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The Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, threatened Sunday to "destroy" Syria's air defences.
An Oud. [Shutterstock]
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Little Leen Jarkas, 3, wasn't in the mood to join her Syrian family's singalong, and the results are hilarious.
According to independent monitors, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the war, mostly by the regime and its powerful allies, and millions have been displaced both inside and outside of Syria. (File/AFP)
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Rebel groups launched a new offensive targeting regime positions in Syria.

March 18, 2017

Syrian government forces stand guard as civilians and rebels began evacuating the district of al-Waer in the city of Homs. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Residents and fighters began leaving a rebel district in the central Syrian city of Homs, around a week after a ceasefire agreement was reached with the government, state media and a monitoring group reported.

March 17, 2017

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following a reported airstrike in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The US military said it had instead carried out an attack on a building next door to the mosque where al-Qaeda militants were reportedly hiding.
Smoke billows following reported air strikes on a rebel-held area in the southern city of Daraa, on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Mohamad Abazeed)
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The Syrian air force fired a number of anti-aircraft missiles after Israeli jets entered Syrian airspace.
Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following an airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh near Aleppo late on March 16, 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
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The planes, whose identity is not yet known, targeted a mosque during night prayers when over 300 people were inside.

March 16, 2017

Mohammed Anis puts a record on his trusty gramophone at his home in Aleppo. His family gone, his home bombed out, the record player is one of the few things still working - and a main source of joy for him.
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‘There are some things fighting can’t kill,’ wrote AFP photographer Joseph Eid of ‘Monsieur Anis,’ the elderly Aleppan known for his collection of vintage cars.
The famous duo, who are both fathers, have called for peace in Syria and the protection of children who are suffering from the misery, violence and hunger in the country.
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Barcelona star Messi, a UNICEF ambassador, took to his official Facebook page on Wednesday to post a heartfelt message, in which he admits he is 'heartbroken' by the devastating war that has now gone on for six years.
Do you think Oyoon looks more like her mum or dad? (Elaph)
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Her mama, Nada Zeidan, posted photos of the little one on social media.
Patients wait for treatment in a hospital in eastern Aleppo during the siege of 2016. (AFP/File)
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Patients suffering from chronic diseases requiring kidney dialysis have become among the most vulnerable as a result of supply shortages and medical facilities being targeted.
US President Donald Trump waves after he spoke at former president Andrew Jackson's Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Nicholas Kamm)
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US President Donald Trump pledged to fight the ruling, which he called 'an unprecedented judicial overreach.'
The likes of Sam Smith, James Bay, Jude Law and Nicole Scherzinger feature in the video. (YouTube)
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The likes of Sam Smith, James Bay, Jude Law and Nicole Scherzinger feature in the video.
Syrian security forces and journalists stand inside the old palace of justice building in Damascus following a reported suicide bombing on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Louai Beshara)
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Later in the day, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside a restaurant in northwestern Damascus in the neighborhood of al-Rabwa.
Syrian refugees living in dire conditions in Lebanon. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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A ministerial committee for refugee affairs Wednesday reached an agreement on 80 percent of the government's policy toward Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

March 15, 2017

Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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A suicide bomber detonated his explosives as police tried to search him outside a court building in central Damascus.
Syrian security forces cordon off the area following a reported suicide bombing at the old palace of justice building in Damascus on March 15, 2017. (AFP/Stringer)
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State owned media reports the attack targeted the Palace of Justice in central Damascus.
The EU has consistently backed UN efforts to end the conflict in Syria which has cost some 320,000 lives and displaced millions since 2011 when protests against Assad descended into all-out civil war. (File/AFP)
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The EU releases an ambitious plan to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria,

March 14, 2017

Syrians walk past a water fountain that is running dry as shortages leave over 5 million people with little to no running water. (AFP/File)
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The report meanwhile dismissed regime allegations that rebels had contaminated the water.
"Use of chlorine by Syrian forces follows a pattern observed in 2014, 2015 and 2016," the commission said in its report to the UN Human Rights Council. (AFP)
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UN investigators have reported recent use of chemical weapons, such as chlorine gas, by Syrian regime forces.
The Hollywood star will visit the country to film a Syrian refugee drama. (File photo)
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The Hollywood star will visit the country to film a Syrian refugee drama.
Daesh now relies on “virtual entrepreneurs”, who work independently from the jihadist leadership to cultivate smaller lone-wolf attacks, researchers said. (Shutterstock)
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A report has warned US security officials that they may not truly recognize the vast dimensions and central roles played by social networking websites and online portals.

March 13, 2017

Starbucks operates nearly 600 stores in 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. (File photo)
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Starbucks found itself in a tweetstorm after it announced its refugee hiring pledge back in January.
Mute 17-year-old Syrian Adnan, who lost both legs in 2014 following an airstrike as he was walking towards his father's store from school, rides a motorcycle in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 16, 2017. [AFP/Sameer Al-Doumy]
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Syrian opposition group ban a magazine in besieged Damascus enclave after it publishes a "blasphemous" article.
A Syrian family cleans the rubble from their destroyed house in Karm al-Jabal neighbourhood in the Northern Syrian city of Aleppo on March 9, 2017. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
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The Kazakh capital will host the next round of talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.