They are still in the testing phase, with part of production distributed to individuals who carry out taste tests and verify the quality.
March 30, 2015 - 11:42 GMT
In Syria's northeastern province of Latakia, workers roll the country's first locally made cigars, a new product being launched despite the devastating civil conflict now in its fifth year.
The embattled Syrian president also said he believed he still held popular support among his people, and brushed off recent claims by rights groups and rebels that his regime had launched a chemical attack on rebel-held areas of Idlib earlier this month, which monitors say killed a family of six including three children. (AFP/File)
March 30, 2015 - 08:25 GMT
In a televised interview with American media channel CBS news, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US airstrikes inside the country against Daesh militants had done little to deter the group's growth, claiming some 1,000 fresh recruits joining its ranks monthly.
Rebel forces set the Syrian flag alight. Idlib is the second provincial capital to be seized from central government control. (Image: AFP/File)
March 30, 2015 - 07:18 GMT
Following the abandonment of Idlib by Syrian government troops, the 'Army of Conquest' coalition of rebels declares the provincial capital as its seat of government.
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people. (AFP/File)
March 30, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
A Kuwaiti minister said Sunday that 78 states confirmed their participation in a conference for the support of the Syrian people.
Syrians wait to receive food from a charity distribution vehicle in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, on the southern outskirts of Damascus, on Feb. 23, 2015. (AFP/File)
March 30, 2015 - 05:00 GMT
Only 4 percent of emergency work in Syria for Palestinian refugees has been funded so far this year, the UN said Sunday.
The video has not been verified as of yet. (AFP/File)
March 29, 2015 - 13:30 GMT
Daesh released a new video showing the execution of eight Alawite Syrian soldiers in Hama.
Smoke rises from the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib on March 26, 2015 following bombing by rebels. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2015 - 18:18 GMT
Syrian rebels claim opposition have seized full control of major Syrian city from Assad regime intelligence agencies.
A file photo of Syrian refugees gathering outside their tent at a makeshift camp in the Abu Samra district of the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2015 - 17:00 GMT
A large fire broke out in a Syrian refugee camp near Qibbet Shamra on Saturday. No causalities were reported.
At least 71 people were killed in the first pushes of the offensive Thursday, according to the Observatory, when Nusra fighters seized control of several checkpoints outside Idlib. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2015 - 12:53 GMT
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday a major offensive by al-Qaeda's Syria arm Jabat al-Nusra ended Saturday with government forces pulling back into barracks in the center of the city and Nusra fighters seizing control.
Lebanese troops deploy in the eastern town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 28. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2015 - 12:23 GMT
The Lebanese army seized a strategic hilltop on the outskirts of Arsal from Daesh and al-Nusra militants in their most recent military offensive.
US Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the US military aims to have fighters ready for a battle against Daesh by late summer or early fall. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2015 - 07:47 GMT
In one of the first concrete moves in the upcoming train and equip program led by the US, 400 Syrian rebels have been named to take part in a process the US military hopes will have them ready to fight Daesh militants by September.