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Laila Bassam

Fifty thousand Syrians returned to Syria from Lebanon this year: official

Sep 25 2018

BEIRUT Fifty thousand Syrians have returned home from Lebanon so far in 2018 and the number could reach 200,000 in a year's time if it continues at this rate, a top Lebanese official said on Tuesday.

Syrian army preparing phased Idlib assault: source

Aug 29 2018

BEIRUT Syrian government forces are preparing a phased offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib and surrounding areas, the last big rebel enclave, a source close to Damascus said on Wednesday.

Lebanon hits political logjam after election

Aug 03 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favor of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group Hezbollah, with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government.

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

Jul 20 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

Jul 20 2018

BEIRUT Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.

South Syrian rebels agree surrender deal, Assad takes crossing

Jul 06 2018

AMMAN/BEIRUT South Syrian rebels agreed to give up arms in a Russian-brokered ceasefire deal on Friday, rebel sources said, surrendering Deraa province to the government in another major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies.

Hezbollah role in Syrian south exposes limits of U.S. policy

Jul 05 2018

BEIRUT Hezbollah is helping to lead a Russian-backed offensive in southern Syria, pro-Damascus sources said, exposing the limits of U.S. policy that hopes Moscow can get Iran and groups it backs out of the country.

Exclusive: In Syria, a Russian move causes friction with Iran-backed forces - officials

Jun 05 2018

BEIRUT A Russian troop deployment in Syria near the Lebanese border this week caused friction with Iran-backed forces including Hezbollah which objected to the uncoordinated move, two non-Syrian officials in the regional alliance backing Damascus said.

Syrian army ready for southern battle, pro-Assad commander says

May 29 2018

BEIRUT The Syrian army has completed preparations for an imminent offensive against rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria, a non-Syrian commander in a military alliance that backs Damascus said on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a major new escalation.

Hezbollah eyes bigger role in next Lebanon government

May 23 2018

BEIRUT The Iran-backed Hezbollah aims to move beyond its traditional backseat role by assuming more influence in Lebanon's next government to help it counter an escalating U.S. campaign against Tehran and its regional ascendancy.

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