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Jordan shoots unidentified drone near Syria border

Jordan's air force shot down an unidentified drone near the north-eastern border with Syria on Friday, a government spokesman said, the first such event announced by authorities since Syria's crisis began

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Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy

The growing power of the ultra-hardline Islamic State means the Syrian army is now having to confront a group it has until now been reluctant to attack for political reasons.  

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First UN aid convoy enters Syria without govt consent

The United Nations sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday as UN chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions of

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Syria crisis cost its oil sector $23.5bn

Syria's oil sector has lost around $23.5 billion due to damage to facilities and pipelines, looting and production delays since the start of the country's crisis in 2011 and output has fallen sharply, Syria's oil minister said.

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Malaysia Airlines 'flies over Syrian airspace'

Malaysia Airlines re-routed a Kuala Lumpur-to-London flight over Syrian airspace on Sunday after its usual route over Ukraine was closed, flight tracking data showed on Monday. Flightradar24 posted a flight map on its Twitter acco

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Assad sworn in again, vows to retake all areas

Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

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Syria struggles to seal deal to sell wheat to Iraq

Private Iraqi grain traders have not been able get trucks across the Syrian border to complete a deal, first agreed in June, to buy 200,000 tonnes of wheat from Syria's state grain body due to conflict raging in both countries.

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De Mistura named new UN Syria mediator

Veteran United Nations official Staffan de Mistura, a former UN special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international mediator seeking an end to Syria's civil war, diplomats said. UN Secretar

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Turkey turns inwards as war spreads from Syria to Iraq

As al Qaeda-inspired Sunni militants spread right along Turkey's southeastern border last month from Syria through Iraq, seizing Turkish hostages as they went, the normally loquacious Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had little to say.

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Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war

The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil. Proclaiming a "

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