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US-backed forces begin assault on Isil-held Raqqa as scores of jihadis surrender.

US-backed forces have commenced their assault on the last Isil-held districts of Raqqa after hundreds of Isil fighters and their families surrendered or fled the group's self-proclaimed capital. In the hours preceding Sunday's final push on Raqqa, some 275 militants and their families surrendered to the Syrian Democratic ...

- Yahoo! News - US

What Is Turkey Up to in Syria?.

Turkey is expanding its latest military intervention in Syria rapidly, sending more special forces and commandos into Idlib as part of a high-risk effort agreed to with Moscow and Tehran to establish a de-escalation zone in the northwest Syrian province that is mainly controlled by an al-Qaida offshoot. The intervention is ...

- Voice of America - US

Israeli military strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery it says fired at jets.

Israel's military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country.

- France24 - FR

Lebanese leaders divided over fate of Syrian refugees.

In Lebanon, the return of Syrian refugees to their country is an increasingly controversial issue, with the Lebanese political class divided over conditions needed for them to be sent back.

- France24 - FR

US forces kill dozens of Daesh militants in Yemen: Pentagon.

Oct 17 : U.S. forces killed dozens of Daesh militants in a strike on two of its training camps in Yemen's al Bayda governorate, the Pentagon said on Monday."ISIS used the camps to train militants to conduct terror attacks using AK-47s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and endurance training," Anadolu quoted ...

- Sify - IN

Syrian fighters celebrate in Raqqa after driving out ISIS.

Time is just about up for ISIS in Raqqa. There's been no official declaration of victory, but U.S.-backed fighters aren't waiting for one. They say ISIS is finished in the city. Holly Williams has more.

- CBS NEWS - US

With evacuations looming, 'de-escalation zone' announced for south Damascus.

New "de-escalation" initiative presents new status quo for south Damascus suburbs, but how will it work?

- Al-Monitor - EG

Turkish deployment may redraw battle lines in Syria's Idlib.

The Turkish military deployment in Idlib has a direct impact on armed factions in the region, some of which have already accused Turkey of implementing Russia's plans.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Israeli jets strike Syria, circle Lebanon.

Israeli warplanes conducted mock raids over south Lebanon Monday night, hours after Israeli warplanes struck Syrian air defense units, local media reported.

- The Daily Star - LB

U.K. praises Hamadeh's work on Lebanese, Syrian education.

U.K. International Development Secretary Priti Patel Monday praised Lebanese Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh's commitment to education, hours after he announced that prices of vocational school enrollment would be reduced.

- The Daily Star - LB

Assad's return to Lebanon a red line, Geagea warns.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Monday said that the return of Syrian President Bashar Assad's influence over Lebanon was a red line, in comments made following a Mass for Maronite youth in Australia's Sydney.

- The Daily Star - LB

Aoun appeals to world leaders on Syria refugee crisis

Declaring that Lebanon can no longer cope with the presence of Syrian refugees, President Michel Aoun Monday appealed to the international community for help in securing their safe return to their homeland.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syria war: US-backed forces 'control' Raqqa

The Syrian Democratic Forces says only a few dozen Islamic State militants remain in the city.

- BBC - UK

British piers, Alabama buildings named among 25 at-risk monuments

NEW YORK, Oct 17 — Historical gems around the globe, ranging from a Syrian bazaar and the last active synagogue in Alexandria to England's Blackpool Piers and Alabama civil rights buildings, are threatened by war, disasters and urbanisation, a...

- The Malay Mail - MY

What Russia's Middle East strategy is really about

Thomson Reuters A new balance of power is solidifying in Syria. Iran, Turkey and Russia have all played a role in the conflict there – jockeying for position and even agreeing in September to set up zones of control. But Russia in particular has deftly managed the game up to this point, and it is emerging from the ...

- Business Insider - US

25 world monuments seen at risk placed on list

From a Syrian bazaar and the last active synagogue in Alexandria, to England's Blackpool Piers and Alabama civil rights buildings, historical gems around the globe are threatened by war, disasters and urbanization, a monument conservation group said yesterday.Days after the United States and Israel said that they were ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

End of siege exposes Deir al-Zour to complicated conflict

Key Points The breaking of the siege of Deir al-Zour is a significant step for the Syrian government, but underlined its dependence on a range of foreign and foreign-backed militant groups to achieve military effect. The Islamic State is likely to seek to hold out in the city, making use of the

- Jane’s - US

Israel targets Syrian anti-aircraft battery after planes take fire

Israel's military says its warplanes struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after the battery fired on its planes.

- CNN Top Stories - US

SDF expects Raqqa victory within days

A United States-backed Kurdish-led force battling Daesh in Syria will be in control of Raqqa within a few days after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.

- The Daily Star - LB

Fight hunger while you play mobile games this week

You can help get food to children in need this week, and maybe even have fun at the same time. In honor of World Food Day, which raises awareness every Oct. 16 about global hunger and the fight to end it, Google Play is joining forces with the World Food Programme , the food assistance branch of the United Nations. SEE ...

- Mashable! - US

Israel Retaliates After Syrian Missile Attack

Israel struck a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after missiles were fired at Israeli reconnaissance planes earlier, the military said. "Earlier today, an anti-aircraft missile was launched from Syria towards IDF aircraft during a routine flight over Lebanon. No hits confirmed," the army tweeted. "In ...

- Albawaba - UK

Iran Quds commander pays respects at Talabani's tomb as Kirkuk crisis escalates

Qasem Soleimani in Iraqi Kurdistan; Turkey looks to Syrian tribes for allies; UN Syria envoy seeks to build on cease-fire progress with "realism."

- Al-Monitor - EG

Israel says attacks Syrian unit that fired at its planes over Lebanon

JERUSALEM - The Israeli air force attacked a Syrian anti-aircraft battery on Monday that Israel said had fired a missile at its planes while they were on a reconnaissance mission over neighboring Lebanon.

- Reuters - US

Syrian refugees should return to calmer areas: Lebanon president

BEIRUT - Lebanon can no longer handle vast numbers of Syrian refugees, its president said on Monday, urging world powers to help them return to the calmer parts of their war-torn homeland.

- Reuters - US

U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory.

- Reuters - US

Israel Carries Out Air Strike on Syrian Anti-Aircraft Battery

Israel said it was the first time since Syria’s civil war began that its planes were fired toward while in Lebanese airspace.

- New York Times - US

'Anyone who tries to hurt us-will be hurt in return'

PM warns attacks on Israelis or Israeli craft will result in further retaliation after IAF planes destroy Syrian anti-aircraft battery.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Israeli warplanes strike Syrian anti-aircraft battery after coming under 'fire'

According to Israel's military, it struck the Syrian anti-aircraft battery after an Israeli aircraft was targeted over Lebanon. Israel has carried out dozens of attacks on suspected arms shipments to Hezbollah.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Israeli warplanes conduct mock raids over south Lebanon, hours after incident with Syrian air defense: local media

Israeli warplanes conduct mock raids over south Lebanon, hours after incident with Syrian air defense: local media

- The Daily Star - LB

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — a rare incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Lebanon leader says country cannot cope with Syrian refugees

Lebanon's president said his country "can no longer cope" with the presence of Syrian refugees and appealed to the international community for help to organise their return.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

The Israeli military said it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria on Monday after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.

- Stars and Stripes - US

US-backed Syrian force expects Raqqa victory in 'a few days'

A U.S.-backed Kurdish-led force battling the Islamic State group in Syria will be in control of Raqqa "within a few days" after attacking the last militant-held pocket of the city, a spokesman for the force said Monday.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria

Lt. Col. Conricus said Israel has no interest in destabilizing the situation but says the military will preserve our ability to act and thwart' any hostile activity against it.

- The Hindu - IN

Lebanon's president says the country can't handle Syrian refugees anymore and wants them to return home

Stephane Mahe/APBEIRUT - Lebanon's president said on Monday his country could no longer cope with hosting huge numbers of Syrian refugees and called on world powers to help them to return to calmer areas of their troubled homeland. Michel Aoun told international envoys he wanted to work out ways to help refugees return ...

- Business Insider - US

Israeli military strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery it says fired at jets while flying over Lebanon

Israel's military said Monday it carried out an air strike on an anti-aircraft battery in Syria after it fired toward its planes, while vowing it sought no further escalation in the war-torn country. Israeli planes were on what the military described as a routine reconnaissance mission over neighbouring Lebanon when an ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Philippine troops kill IS leader during battle to reclaim Marawi

Isnilon Hapilon, known to security analysts as the leader of the militant Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, was killed in the battle to reclaim a rebel-held Philippines city, the defence minister said on Monday.' were able to get Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute. They were both killed,' Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ...

- DAWN - PK

North Korea Is Selling One Super Strange Gun All Over the World

Joseph Trevithick Security, Asia The Type 73 is in Syria and many other places.  Between February and March 2016, Australian and French sailors in the Arabian Sea seized small ships — or dhows — smuggling weapons, most likely to militants in Somalia and Yemen. These caches aboard the dhows included examples ...

- The National Interest - US

Israeli jets attack anti-aircraft battery in Syria

Syrian anti-aircraft battery destroyed after allegedly firing at planes on 'reconnaissance mission' over Lebanon.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Israeli Military Strikes anti-Aircraft Battery in Syria

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon — the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.

- Breitbart - US

U.S.-backed militias in final push against Islamic State in Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month campaign for the city to the brink of victory.

- Reuters - US

Israeli military strikes anti-aircraft battery in Syria amid tensions

The Israeli military said on Monday that it struck and destroyed an anti-aircraft battery deep in Syria after it had opened fire on Israeli jets flying over Lebanon -- the first such incident of Syrian forces targeting Israeli planes since the civil war began in 2011.

- FOX News - US

Israeli warplanes return fire on Syrian air defense while above Lebanon: Israeli Radio

Israeli warplanes return fire on Syrian air defense while above Lebanon: Israeli Radio

- The Daily Star - LB

Israeli jet returns fire on Syrian AA unit from Lebanon

A Syrian warplane returned fire on a Syrian air-defense unit near Damascus Monday while the jet was conducting a "routine reconnaissance mission" over Lebanon, Isreali officials confirmed.

- The Daily Star - LB

IAF hits Syria after missile attack on Israeli aircraft

Syrian anti-aircraft missile battery opens fire on Israeli aircraft IDF destroys missile battery in response.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

'Toughest fighting yet' to oust Islamic State from Syria's Raqqa

RAQQA, Oct 16 — The US-backed force fighting to oust the Islamic State group from its former Syrian stronghold Raqqa said today it was waging its toughest battles yet', as the city's capture neared. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Russian, Syrian jets seen at eastern bases

Key Points Russian Su-25s appear to be using Tiyas Air Base as a forward arming and refuelling point Syrian L-39s are now deployed at Tadmur Air Base Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' strike aircraft appear to be using Tiyas Air Base in Syria's Homs province as a forward

- Jane’s - US

Dear Germany: Sometimes you don't make sense

How do refugee journalists find their new lives in Germany? DW's video series "Dear Germany" brings you their impressions. In this video, Syria's Bilal Eid tells how he sees Germany, where many things don't fit together.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Return of Assad's influence to Lebanon a red line: Geagea

Lebanese Forces chief Dr. Samir Geagea Monday said that the return of Syrian president Bashar Assad's influence in Lebanon was a red line, in comments made after a mass for Maronite youth in Sydney, Australia.

- The Daily Star - LB

US-backed force in toughest Raqqa fighting yet: spokeswoman

The U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance waging the more than four-month-old battle to wrest the Syrian city of Raqqa from extremists was engaged Monday in its toughest fighting yet, a spokeswoman said.

- The Daily Star - LB

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