US-backed Syrian fighters win strategic victory near Raqqa

US-backed Syrian fighters advancing on the Islamic State group from the eastern and western parts of the northern city of Raqqa have linked up for the first time since launching their offensive on IS' de facto capital, officials said Friday.

Hezbollah and Syrian army advance in border offensive

Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

Syria talks: ‘no breakthrough, no breakdown’

The seventh round of intra-Syria talks aimed at helping end the country's six-year-old war wrapped up Friday, and the UN envoy said they featured "no breakthrough, no breakdown, no one walking out, incremental progress."

US-Russian ceasefire deal holds in Syria

A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria was holding more than nine hours after it took effect on Sunday, a monitor and rebels said, in the latest international attempt at peace-making in the six-year war.

Series of car bombs targets Syrian capital Damascus

Three car bombs exploded in Damascus on Sunday, state media reported, and seven people were killed in one of the blasts, a police officer said, the biggest such attack in the Syrian capital since a series of suicide attacks in March.