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Khaled Yacoub Oweis
Jordan Correspondent

Syrian tycoon Mohammed Baraa Katerji, left, who was assassinated on Monday, had close ties with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, right.
Syrian tycoon Katerji's links with Iran may have been fatal

Mohammad Baraa Katerji, one of Syria's richest men, was killed in a suspected Israeli air strike

July 16, 2024, 5:05 PM
Business tycoon Mohammed Baraa Katerji with Syrian president President Bashar Al Assad. @sentdefender on X
Syrian tycoon Mohammed Katerji killed by Israel, company says

Hezbollah-linked businessman was major player in Syria's lucrative war economy

July 15, 2024, 11:57 PM
A Syrian man casts a ballot in the parliamentary election in Damascus on Monday. AFP
Southern boycott as Syria holds election for pro-Assad parliament

One man was wounded as security forces fired at a protest in Suweida

July 15, 2024, 3:31 PM
A crater inside a residential complex following an Israeli strike in the neighbourhood of Kafr Souseh in Damascus. AFP
Israel strikes 'security square' in Damascus in latest Gaza war spillover

Syrian military says one soldier killed in attack on Kfar Souseh, where it and Iranian allies have intelligence bases

July 14, 2024, 1:42 PM
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Syrian President Bashar Al Assad back in 2011. AFP
Erdogan's diplomatic overtures to Assad likely to yield only minor wins

Talks with Damascus could help Turkish leader ease domestic concerns

July 12, 2024, 3:00 AM
Israeli police and soldiers block a road as smoke rises in the background after two people were critically wounded by a rocket in the Golan Heights. EPA
Israel strikes Syrian targets in Golan after assassinating Hezbollah weapons man

Sources say that Hassan Nasrallah's former bodyguard Yasser Kranbish was targeted by Israel for his role in smuggling weapons from Syria

July 10, 2024, 4:26 PM
An UNRWA-run school after Israeli bombardment in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on Tuesday. AFP
Jordan to host event aimed at gathering UNRWA support

UN agency living 'hand to mouth', chief Philippe Lazzarini says after meeting in Amman

July 09, 2024, 2:42 PM
Syrian demonstrators vandalise a Turkish army observation position in Ibbin Samaan, in Aleppo province. AFP
Turkey assures allies in Syria amid possible easing of hostilities with Assad government

Violence against Turkish interests broke out in Ankara's zone of control this week

July 04, 2024, 3:48 PM
The coffin of a man killed in anti-Turkish riots, in the Syrian city of Afrin in the Aleppo countryside, July 2, 2024. EPA
Turkey reopens Syrian border crossing to defuse regional unrest

Anger against Ankara's policies rose as Syrian refugees came under renewed violence

July 03, 2024, 1:06 PM
Protesters damage a Turkish military checkpoint during a protest against the Ankara government, in Atarib, Syria. EPA
Protesters, Turkish troops and militias clash in northern Syria

Turkey is home to around three million Syrian refugees and also controls a buffer zone in northern Syria

July 02, 2024, 5:37 AM
This is the latest diplomatic move in efforts backed by US opponents to re-establish ties between Ankara and Damascus. Reuters / AFP
Iraq jumps into Assad-Erdogan mediation arena

Iraqi Prime Minister started the diplomatic move following an April meeting with Erdogan in Baghdad, sources say

July 01, 2024, 3:45 PM
People swim in the Euphrates, east of the Iraqi city of Karbala, amid increasing temperatures. AFP
Heatwave grips countries across Middle East during Eid Al Adha

People across Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan face challenges coping with rising temperatures

June 16, 2024, 9:03 AM
Water desalination equipment at a Norweigian fjord during a demonstration by Waterise. Photo: Waterise
Norway's Waterise signs deal for desalination plant in Jordan

The project will produce 18 million cubic metres of desalinated water a year at site near Aqaba

June 14, 2024, 3:13 AM
Syrian soldiers take part in a demining training exercise near Damascus to minimise the risk of running into their own landmines. AFP
Syrian desert ambush shows limits to Assad's civil war gains

Between six and 21 soldiers were killed the area, where Russian forces, Iranian advisers and pro-government militias operate alongside the Syrian army

June 13, 2024, 2:25 PM
Smoke rises from Israeli bombing of Rafah, as internally displaced Palestinians prepare to evacuate Al Mawasi in southern Gaza after army vehicles advanced. EPA
Gaza war summit to raise pressure on Israel amid US ceasefire drive

Jordan will host international conference at venue in Dead Sea area

June 10, 2024, 10:37 AM