Syrian regime forces have for weeks been preparing an offensive to retake rebel towns in southern part of the country.
The Iraqi military says Daesh's "deputy war minister", one of its "media emirs", its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's personal courier and its chief of police were among 45 members of the militant group killed in the town of Hajin on Saturday.
Thousands of civilians have fled the the southern opposition stronghold that borders Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as the Syrian regime intensified its offensive to retake the area.
A 23-page report released by the UN Commission of Inquiry said that through the widespread and systematic" bombardment of Eastern Ghouta and the continued denial of food and medicine, pro-regimeforces perpetrated a "crime against humanity."
Ankara, Tehran and Moscow planning to hold further talks in the coming weeks on how Syria’s constitutional committee will be set up and will function.
The southwest, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the remaining parts of Syria still outside the control of the state after seven years of conflict.
Following the US move to open its embassy in Jerusalem, Israel is pressing the Trump administration to "recognise its sovereignty over the Golan Heights to end the historic controversy."
Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as Spain's seventh head of government since its return to democracy in the late 1970s, taking over from veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy who was ousted over a corruption scandal.
Weeks after President Trump suggested that the US forces should pull out of Syria and be replaced with an Arab army, Saudi Arabian military officials met with an Arab faction of the YPG-dominated SDF for talks regarding a new force.
"They (US) came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them. They have to learn the lesson. Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception," said Assad vowing to recover areas under the SDF control.
The US envoy to the United Nations-hosted Conference on Disarmament says that Syria's presidency of the Geneva-based body is a "travesty."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the "withdrawal of all non-Syrian forces must be carried out on a mutual basis."
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