The Syrian president and the Russian officials spoke of commitment to 'destruction of terrorist presence' and the advancement of a political solution
The Syrian Arab Republic is a Middle Eastern country located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It shares a border with Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel.
For the past fifty years the country has been governed by the Assad family. The current president, Bashar Assad, took over after his father's death in 2000.
As of 2015, more than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the ongoing civil war, which began with pro-democracy protests in 2011. More than 11 million have been forced from their homes in the conflict between the regime, ISIS, and anti-government forces.
Two Syrian women and four children who had been held along with 21 other hostages are released as part of a deal between the Syrian regime and ISIS
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Putin added that Islamic State militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by U.S.-backed forces and issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day
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One of the men told Shin Bet investigators they were checking out places to study in Turkey, but police evidence proved otherwise
Despite military gains, Marine General Joseph Dunford says 'little progress has been made in addressing the underlying conditions that lead to violent extremism'
Staffan de Mistura, the longest serving of three UN mediators to the prolonged Syrian conflict, says he would use his final month to push for the formation of a committee to rewrite the Syrian constitution
'It is a day of victory,' Youssef Jarbou, a Druze leader, tells the Syrian Al-Ikhbariya TV from Quneitra ■ The openings promise to restore trade and movement between Syria, Jordan that halted because of the war
The agreement to open the Quneitra border crossing in the Golan Heights is aimed at allowing UN peacekeepers to 'prevent hostilities' in the region