Russian bombers based in Iran on Tuesday struck Islamist militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria.
Syrian and Russian warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes in northern Syria, killing dozens in areas held by a rebel alliance battling to take control of second city Aleppo.
The Islamic State group has freed hundreds of civilians used by the jihadists as human shields while retreating in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said Saturday.
Islamic State group fighters seized around 2,000 civilians to use as "human shields" Friday as they fled their stronghold of Manbij in northern Syria, US-backed forces and a monitor said.
Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday – more than an hour into an announced three-hour ceasefire – two rebel groups and a witness said, just one day after doctors there issued a plea for US action.
The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria's battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward.
Arab and Kurdish fighters have expelled Islamic State group jihadists from Manbij in Aleppo province, bringing an end to a long ordeal for those who remained in the city during weeks of fierce fighting.
Syrian rebels stormed a major army artillery base in the northern city of Aleppo on Friday to try to end the siege of opposition-held areas, but the Syrian army said it had repelled the attack and killed hundreds of insurgents.
A Syrian rescue service operating in rebel-held territory said on Tuesday a helicopter dropped containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian military helicopter was shot down hours earlier.
Syrian rebel fighters launched a major assault on government-held parts of Aleppo on Sunday in their first major campaign to retake parts of the city that have been claimed by loyalist forces and allies.
Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the al-Nusra Front, announced this week that it is splitting from its parent organisation, in a move FRANCE 24’s expert on jihadist movements said may be mutually beneficial.
Dozens of civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of Syria’s Aleppo city on Saturday through a “humanitarian corridor” to the government-held west, state media reported.
The UN’s Syria envoy has called on Russia to let the UN take charge of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to flee from the besieged city.
The head of the al-Nusra Front in Syria said his jihadist group was breaking ties with al Qaeda and changing its name, in remarks broadcast Thursday by Al-Jazeera.
The Syrian regime’s main ally Russia announced a “large-scale” aid operation to allow civilians and fighters to flee besieged Aleppo on Thursday, as France and the UK called for an end to the city’s “disastrous” siege.
Two bomb blasts claimed by the Islamic State group hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 170 others, state television reported.
The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated.
Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State group, a monitor said.
Opposition-controlled parts of Syria's battered northern city Aleppo came under total siege on Sunday, after government forces severed the last route out of the east.
Residents of rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo on Saturday faced food and fuel shortages after a Syrian government advance cut the opposition's last supply route into the city.