Angus Mcdowall

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6 Feb 2019 | 2:25 AM

Lebanon's new government to stay out of Syria and other conflicts

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's new government said on Tuesday it will stick with existing policy of keeping out of regional conflicts like Syria after talks to set policy.

21 Jan 2019 | 9:28 PM

Israel strikes in Syria in more open assault on Iran

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel struck in Syria early on Monday, the latest salvo in its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action.

18 Jan 2019 | 10:34 PM

Divisions overshadow Lebanon's Arab summit as few leaders come to Beirut

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Divisions among Arab states over Syria, and internal Lebanese disputes, have overshadowed a summit to be held in Beirut this weekend, with several leaders who had planned to come now staying away.

16 Jan 2019 | 11:16 PM

Blast claimed by Islamic State kills U.S. troops in Syria

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed two U.S. troops and two civilians working for the U.S. military in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said the group had been defeated there and that he would pull out all American forces.

11 Dec 2018 | 10:02 PM

Stay or go? Syrian refugees face a life-changing choice

BEIRUT (Reuters) - As the bus pulled out of a Beirut car park heading for Damascus, Ahmed Sheikh waved from the window, excited, he said, to be returning home to Syria after years as a refugee in Lebanon.

14 Nov 2018 | 8:53 PM

Car plant shows limits to Iran's economic ambitions in Syria

HASSIA, Syria/GENEVA (Reuters) - At an Iranian government-owned car plant near Homs, the small number of vehicles on the assembly line underscores the obstacles hobbling Tehran's economic ambitions in Syria.

27 Sep 2018 | 10:59 PM

Easier movement in Assad's Syria brings some economic reward

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Mohammed Abu al-Khair sends 25 buses a day from the Syrian capital Damascus to Aleppo, an eight-hour trip that until recently took up to two days.

7 Sep 2018 | 5:30 PM

Syrian trade fair shows road to recovery still strewn with debris of war

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria's government is showcasing its ambitions for economic recovery and engagement with foreign business at a trade fair, but glimpses of devastated districts nearby show how far off full-scale reconstruction remains.

5 Sep 2018 | 8:37 PM

Shells hit Syria's Idlib as rebels brace for assault

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian military shelled the last stronghold of active rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday as a war monitor said insurgents blew up another bridge in anticipation of a government offensive.

5 Sep 2018 | 4:19 AM

Syrian and Russian warplanes pound Idlib before talks - monitor

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian jets hammered a major rebel stronghold on Tuesday, a war monitor said, days before leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to discuss an expected Syrian government offensive that could spark a humanitarian disaster.