A slow road to recovery for East Ghouta’s farmlands | AFP

The former opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta was once the breadbasket of Damascus, providing rich harvests of apricots and vegetables to the capital. But a five-year siege by Damascus and an intense bombing campaign that drove out opposition forces from the area last year has taken its toll on farmlands and crops.

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In Syria’s breadbasket, Kurds and regime battle for wheat | AFP

After years of drought and civil war, Syria is expected to rake in its best harvest in a long time this summer. But the lion’s share of that crop lies in the northeast of the country, in a semi-autonomous Kurdish region beyond full government control. Both sides, the Kurds and the Damascus regime, are desperately battling to get their hands on the invaluable crop. The Kurds are determined to hang on to a strategic resource in the third of the country they hold, while the government wants to restock its siloes and feed its people ahead of retaking full control of the northeast.

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Heartbreaking: War in Syria left these children homeless

Many orphans have been forced to adapt to life on the street in Syria as the war ravaged their homes and families.

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Damascus horse festival marks return to normalcy in Syria

Syrians ride their horses during the Al-Sham International Arabian Horse Festival in Damascus, as the country celebrates the evacuation day, commemorating the independence from the French mandate in 1946.

Paris Philharmonic hosts Damascus turning dervishes

Whirling dervishes from Damascus take the stage at the Paris Philharmonic as part of their “Syria Week-end” event. Both musicians and dancers say their art does not involve any special technique, but instead a state of being that is cultivated to communicate “a message of peace and love.”

US-led coalition bombs ‘ex-mosque’ in Syria killing civilians, Damascus demands action from UN

Syria is demanding action from the United Nations Security Council. Damascus accuses the US-led coalition of killing 16 civilians and injuring dozens, in a bombing raid over the border with Iraq.

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US helicopters reportedly spotted over Manbij as Turkish forces enter Syria

Tension is mounting around the key Kurdish-held hub of Manbij in northern Syria. Shortly after Damascus announced the deployment of troops in that city, Turkish APCs crossed into Syria and US helicopters were filmed in the air.

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Turkish forces enter Syrian Jarablus

Tension is mounting around the key Kurdish-held hub of Manbij in northern Syria. Shortly after Damascus announced the deployment of troops in that city, Turkish APCs crossed into Syria and US helicopters were filmed in the air.

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