Over 100 killed as bombs tear through Damascus, Homs

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, residents gather at the scene where two blasts exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (SANA via AP)

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, residents gather at the scene where two blasts exploded in the pro-government neighborhood of Zahraa, in Homs province, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (SANA via AP)

Islamic State claims string of bombings that kill at least 119 while international community struggles to sew together ceasefire

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Israeli jets carry out strikes north of Damascus — reports

Illustrative photo of an IAF F-15 fighter jet flying over Israel during the 'Blue Flag' exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on October 21, 2015. (Israeli Air Force)

Illustrative photo of an IAF F-15 fighter jet flying over Israel during the ‘Blue Flag’ exercise at Ovda Airfield near Eilat on October 21, 2015. (Israeli Air Force)

Raids said to target four trucks loaded with ballistic missiles; no immediate reports of casualties

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Report: Hezbollah redeploying to help defend Damascus

A file picture taken on September 21, 2015 shows a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah (top), the head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, and portraits of pro-government force members killed in combat displayed on a street in the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID)

A file picture taken on September 21, 2015 shows a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah (top), the head of Lebanon’s militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, and portraits of pro-government force members killed in combat displayed on a street in the Syrian capital, Damascus. (AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID)

Opposition source says Lebanon-based militia sending troops to reclaim two areas around capital held by rebels

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Islamic State gaining ground on Golan border as moderate rebels wither

In this February 22, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel aims his rifle inside a classroom at a school in Deir Baalbeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria (AP)

In this February 22, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel aims his rifle inside a classroom at a school in Deir Baalbeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria (AP)

Spokesman says Free Syrian Army on verge of collapse in southern Syria; units squeezed by Islamists and Assad’s forces, running out of arms and funds

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IS enters Palestinian camp in Damascus; Jordan closes border

FILE – This picture taken on Jan. 31, 2014, and released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. On Wednesday, April. 1, 2015 Islamic State militants infiltrated the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in the Syrian capital marking the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into Damascus, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power, Syrian opposition activists and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File)

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Several killed as rebels barrage Damascus with rockets

A still from a video purporting to show smoke in Damascus after multiple rocket strikes on February 5, 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)

A still from a video purporting to show smoke in Damascus after multiple rocket strikes on February 5, 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)

Army of Islam leader vows to rain down mortars on Syrian capital as revenge for government airstrikes on rebel areas

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First they take Damascus, not Jerusalem

An Israeli army tank is seen stationed near the village of Majdal Shams, on March 19, 2014, in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: AFP/Jalaa Marey)

An Israeli army tank is seen stationed near the village of Majdal Shams, on March 19, 2014, in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: AFP/Jalaa Marey)

There have been no attempts by Syrian rebels to try and harm Israel, but cross-border action is possible, says Northern Command officer

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Syria misses deadline on handover of chemical arsenal

members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials, in Damascus

Members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials, in Damascus. Photo: AFP

David Cameron warns regime against stalling on handover of chemical weapons, only 4 per cent of which have so far been removed from country

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