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Fight to Retake Last ISIS Territory Begins

The Islamic State also remains well positioned to inspire attacks outside the Middle East, from small-scale assaults like the killing of four cyclists in Tajikistan this year to the truck attack in Nice, France, in 2016 in which more than Read more…


Syria and Russia Bomb Rebel-Held Idlib Province

BEIRUT — Syrian government and Russian warplanes bombed the southern edge of Idlib Province on Saturday, ratcheting up military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion. The bombings came a day after a summit meeting in Tehran where the Syrian Read more…


Merkel and Putin Sound Pragmatic Notes After Years of Tension

BERLIN — The personal relationship between Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is often boiled down to certain anecdotes: her put-downs about his role in the K.G.B., his attempts to rattle her by bringing Read more…


Parents of Austin Tice, Journalist Seized in Syria, Are Confident He’s Alive

Six years after Austin Tice, a journalist and Marine veteran, was abducted while reporting on the war in Syria, his parents expressed confidence on Tuesday that he was alive. The parents, Marc and Debra Tice, spent the anniversary of Mr. Read more…


In Syria, Explosion in Residential Building Kills Dozens in Rebel-Held Area

BEIRUT, Lebanon — An explosion in a residential building thought to used to store weapons and ammunition in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib Province killed at least 39 people, including 12 children, on Sunday, a monitoring group said. The explosion happened in Read more…


Asma al-Assad diagnosed with breast cancer, Damascus says | World news

The British-born wife of Bashar al-Assad, Asma, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Syrian president’s office has announced via its social media accounts. The postings included a photograph of the first lady with an IV line in her arm Read more…


Syria’s Women Prisoners, Drawn by an Artist Who Was One

She drew a toothless old man with an evil look, squeezing a bird in his hands. “Wow,” the interrogator said, as the others crowded around, impressed. “This is us. We do this.” Afraid, the artist demurred, saying, “This is not Read more…


A Top Syrian Rocket Scientist Is Blown Up, and Fingers Point at Mossad

JERUSALEM — Aziz Asbar was one of Syria’s most important rocket scientists, bent on amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away. He had free access to the Read more…


From Guantánamo Bay to ISIS Fighter Prisons in Syria: 15 Years of Wartime-Detention Reporting

Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. “Can you keep a secret?” The voice on the phone belonged to Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who sits on Read more…


How Syrians Pioneered Digital Tools to Stand Up to Authorities

What is Beirut’s tech scene like? What are some of the most popular homegrown apps there? There are some tech start-up incubators in Beirut. Lebanon has terrible communications infrastructure, except for a small area in downtown Beirut that has better Read more…