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Turkey-Backed Rebels Could Push Further South in Syria, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL, Sept 19  РTurkey-backed rebels may extend their zone of control in northern Syria by pushing south and were now focused on heading toward the Daesh-held town of al-Bab, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference before departing for New York where he is due to address the United

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Eastern Aleppo Aid Stuck in Turkey as Syria Truce Expires

BEIRUT, Sept 19 – Two 20-truck aid convoys destined for eastern Aleppo with enough supplies to feed 185,000 people for a month are still stuck in Turkey, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday, hours after a ceasefire in Syria expired. The U.N. has said it does not have sufficient security guarantees from all sides in

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Kerry Tackles Yemen, Syrian Conflicts in Saudi Arabia Talks

By Lesley Wroughton JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Aug 25 – Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the country’s powerful deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday to discuss ways to end conflict in Yemen and resume peace talks between the warring sides. Kerry arrived in Jeddah late on Wednesday from

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German Military Muls Options if Planes Withdrawn from Turkish Base

By Andrea Shalal BERLIN, Aug 25 – Germany still wants its military to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for reconnaissance flights in the fight against Daesh¬†but is looking for alternatives due to a dispute with Ankara, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. A ministry spokesman said the armed forces were studying other basing options for

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Rebels Launch Major Assault to Try to Break Aleppo Siege

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 1 – Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week. The rebels are trying to break through the strip of government-controlled

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Turkish Coup Trial to be Held Where Army Once Flexed its Muscles

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, July 25 – Officers accused of staging a failed coup in Turkey will stand trial in an Ankara district laden with symbolism for the country’s recent history – the scene of an army show of strength before a “post-modern coup” ousted its first Islamist-led government in 1997. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag

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Saudi Prosecutors Bring Charges Over Grand Mosque Crane Disaster

RIYADH, July 12 – Suspects including engineers and two government employees will face trial in Saudi Arabia over the deaths of 107 people when a crane toppled over at Mecca’s Grand Mosque last year, a local newspaper that reflects government thinking reported on Tuesday. The Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper quoted a source as saying that investigators

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Iran Refers Cases of Detained Iranian Dual-Nationals to Court

ANKARA, July 11 – Iran’s judiciary has referred the cases of four detained Iranian dual-nationals to court, the Tasnim news agency quoted a senior judiciary official as saying on Monday. Several Iranian dual nationals from the United Sates, Britain, Canada and France have been detained in the past few months and are being kept behind

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Lebanon Fears New Terror Wave After Multiple Suicide Attack

BEIRUT, June 28 – The Lebanese government warned on Tuesday of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers targeted a Christian village at the border with Syria, the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon. The village of Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The

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Assad’s Uncle Under Investigation in France

PARIS, June 28 – A French judge has placed an uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad under formal investigation on suspicion of tax fraud and money-laundering, a source close to the case said on Tuesday. Suspected of having acquired his wealth in France illegally, Rifaat al-Assad, a political opponent of his nephew, was placed under

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