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Syria ceasefire critical to combating coronavirus

An immediate nationwide ceasefire is needed in Syria to enable an “all-out-effort” to stamp out the coronavirus and prevent it ravaging a beleaguered population,...

Joint Russo/Turkish patrol blocked in Syria

Russia and Turkey cut short a first joint patrol in Syria’s Idlib  after rebels and civilians opposed to a ceasefire agreement cut off a...

Turkish backed Syrian rebels seize Idlib town

Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have seized Nairab town in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, Turkish and rebel officials said, the first area...

Most of Aleppo now under Syrian control

Syrian government forces made significant advances in north-western Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region, state media said, a day before new talks...

Displacement in Syria reaches record numbers

More people fled fighting in Syria over the past 10 weeks than at any other time in the nine-year-old conflict and Idlib, where many...

SA media man home after kidnapping

A South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria by Islamic State three years ago returned home on Thursday with the help of Turkey’s intelligence agency,...

US completes Syria pullback

The US completed its military pullback in north-eastern Syria, settling into a stable posture of 600 troops in the rest of the country after...

Syria constitutional talks halt on day one

Damascus government delegates to a Syrian Constitutional Committee left the second UN-sponsored round before it began on Monday, in what opposition members said was...

US presence in Syria is illegal – Russia

Russia’s defence ministry attacked US plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a...

Russian military police move into Syria

Around 300 more Russian military police arrived in Syria, the defence ministry said, under an accord between Ankara and Moscow which halted Turkey’s military...

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Coronavirus shows why the SANDF needs to be adequately funded

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The deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help fight the COVID-19 novel coronavirus yet again demonstrates the need for a...