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# Syrian civil war

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# Security Council
Irish diplomats secure aid for 4.1 million displaced people despite threat of Russian UN veto
Ireland became a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and has responsibility for the Syria file.
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# Syria
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces says it has captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State
The Kurdish-led forces said that it had arrested five militants who had been fighting for the Islamic State.
# Syrian civil war
Tánaiste would have 'much preferred' if the UN was taking action against alleged Syrian chemical attack
World leaders are dealing with the fallout of airstrikes ordered following an alleged chemical attack.
# Syrian civil war
Trump speaks with Theresa May over the phone but holds off on a final decision on strikes against Syria
The Syrian regime is accused of using chemical weapons in an attack on Saturday.
# Douma
Russian military says Syrian government now in full control of town where alleged chemical attack took place
Western countries are mulling retaliation over the weekend’s gas attack in eastern Ghouta.
# Syrian civil war
Trump slams 'horrible' alleged chemical attack in Syria, vows to respond 'forcefully'
The United States, backed by Britain and France, has said it is ready to act with or without support from the United Nations.
# Syrian civil war
'Hell on Earth': More than 400 people have been killed in five-day assault on Syrian rebel-held area
fter two weeks of negotiations, Russia today told the UN Security Council that there was still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria.
# Eastern Ghouta
More than 300 people now killed in rebel held area of Syria
At least 67 children were among those killed this week.
# Syrian civil war
US 'deeply concerned' as 250 civilians killed in two days of bombing by Russian and Syrian forces
Bombardment on today killed 106 civilians, including 19 children, according to a war monitor.
# Syrian civil war
Syrian rebels and opposition reject Russia's peace talk plan
They say that Moscow has failed to pressure Bashar Assad, to end the conflict.
# Civil War
Member of Syrian White Helmets to receive Tipperary Peace Prize today
The group is credited with saving tens of thousands of lives in war-ravaged Syria.
Voices
Opinion: 'A political solution to the Syrian war is very unlikely now'
Damascus has settled on a clear strategy for a military solution, and has been brutally and successfully executing it, writes Derek O’Rouke
# Palmyra
Tensions flare as Syrian forces fire at Israeli jets
In an unusual move, the Israeli army confirmed the raid took place.
Voices
'Syrians are increasingly likely to opt for a strongman like Assad, capable of bringing stability'
Assad’s popularity is a narrative that has been marginalised in the West, but that doesn’t make it any less vital to bringing an end to the terrible war in my country, writes Antoine Bakhash with the help of Eimhin O’Reilly.
# Syrian civil war
44 killed in twin bomb attack in centre of Damascus
Attacks are rare in the Syrian government stronghold.
# Siege
UN warns of 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' in four Syrian towns
The UN’s last humanitarian access to the four towns was in November.
# Syrian civil war
It's over: Assad has finally retaken full control of Aleppo's charred ruins
The battle lasted nearly four and a half years, turning the city into a worldwide symbol of bloodshed and devastation.
# Assad
UN sets up panel to gather evidence of war crimes in Syria
The General Assembly resolution was co-sponsored by Ireland and 57 other countries.
# Syrian civil war
Obama blames Russia and Iran for the "horror" in Aleppo
The Syrian regime has suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the city’s last rebel-held areas.
# Syrian civil war
'Too little, too late' - Syrian army halts shelling of Aleppo to allow trapped civilians to leave
The Syrian Army said it has halted bombing yesterday.
# Syrian civil war
Aleppo's Old City has fallen to Assad's forces
Government and allied forces now hold over 75% of east Aleppo, a rebel bastion since 2012.
# Syria
Seven-year-old tweeting from war torn Aleppo 'doing well' after family flees army advance
Aleppo in Syria is the centre of fierce fighting.
# Aleppo
Seven-year-old Syrian girl's Twitter account disappears as Assad's forces close in
Bana Alabed’s tweets from war-town Aleppo – written in English with the help of her mother – gained worldwide prominence.
# Siege
Russia has stopped bombing Aleppo - but for how long?
Russian and Syrian air forces have stopped bombing Aleppo as of 7am this morning, Russia’s defence minister said.
# Explainer
A city on the brink of destruction: Can anything save Aleppo?
Once the second city of Syria, much of Aleppo has been destroyed by four years of non-stop fighting.
# Syrian White Helmets
Syria's heroes: the volunteers who run towards the bombing
“To save one life is to save all of humanity”.
# Syrian civil war
Reports that "prominent" Al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike
The announcement came as the US and Russia called off ceasefire talks.
# good news
After two years of Islamic State rule, the children of Manbij are finally allowed return to school
A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, backed by some Irish and British fighters, forced out Isis last month.
# reflection
Obama: Syria "haunts me constantly"
The outgoing US president has cited the Syrian Civil War as one of his most difficult challenges in government.
# Syrian civil war
UN aid convoy delivering food destroyed by airstrikes in Syria
A week-long ceasefire came to an end today with “non-stop” bombardment in some areas.
# Compassion
Ireland the most welcoming country for Syrian refugees, according to major European study
IRC chief executive David Miliband says the study shows the vast majority of Europeans have “not lost their hearts”.
# conjoined twins
Conjoined twins born in the midst of battle in Syria have died while awaiting permission to travel
Nawras and Moaz were joined at the chest, with hearts sharing the same sac.
# Syrian civil war
Syrian rebels say they have broken the siege of Aleppo
The developments have rocked the key northern province of Aleppo, a microcosm of Syria’s chaotic multi-front war.
# Syrian civil war
Widespread outrage after Syrian rebel group beheads 12-year-old child
The leaders of the rebel group involved called the act a “violation”.
# Syrian civil war
300,000 dead, 11 million refugees, but nobody can get in a room to talk about peace
The civil war in Syria has gone on for five years.
# Aleppo
"Women, children, the sick, and the wounded are condemned to death" - hospitals bombed in heart of Syria's violence
There have been over 300 airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo in the last ten days.
# Aleppo Explainer
A city destroyed: What you need to know about Aleppo
Aleppo in Syria is under heavy attack by government forces. What does this mean for the rebels and the civilians inside?
# four years on
A Syrian living in Ireland thinks taking in 4,000 refugees is too little, too late
Ghandi Mallak thinks Irish citizenship is “an honour not an entitlement”. He is upset it has taken European politicians so long to help Syrian people.
# Aleppo
In Syria, children swim in craters made by barrel bombs
Around 150,000 people have died in the three-year Syrian conflict.
# Syrian civil war
Syrian rebels abandon last positions in Homs
Homs was once the “capital of the revolution”. Now it is back in the hands of Bashar Assad.