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Iraqi Villagers Mourn Air Strike Victims as Mosul Toll Mounts

By John Davison FADILIYA, Iraq, Nov 21 – For Saeed Yousef, being rid of Daesh came at a high price. As Kurdish forces drove militants from his Iraqi village four weeks ago, an air strike by a U.S.-led coalition hit his brother’s home, killing the brother and seven relatives, family and local officials say. Only

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Coalition Warplanes Kill 20 Daesh Militants in Syria

ANKARA, Oct 18  – United States-led coalition warplanes killed 20 Daesh  militants in Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Tuesday, nearly two months into a Turkey-backed rebel operation to drive the jihadists away from the border. Turkey pushed on with the Syrian operation as Iraqi forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive to expel Daesh  from

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Syria’s Opposition To Stick To Truce Despite Violations

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 28  – Syria’s opposition will stick to the cessation of hostilities despite what they said were 15 violations by Syrian government forces on Saturday and more breaches on Sunday, a spokesman for the High Negotiating Committee (HNC) said. “The decision is to remain quiet, not to do anything, and I

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Missiles in Syria Kill 50 as Schools, Hospitals Hit; Turkey Accuses Russia

By Ercan Gurses and Suleiman Al-Khalidi KIEV/BEIRUT, Feb 16 – Turkey on Monday accused Russia of an “obvious war crime” after missile attacks in northern Syria killed scores of people, and warned Kurdish militia fighters there they would face the “harshest reaction” if they tried to capture a town near the Turkish border. An offensive supported by Russian

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In Syrian War, A Bigger Role for Russian Strategists

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Feb 15 – While Russian fighter planes pound rebel positions on the battlefield in Syria, Russian military strategists are playing a far more subtle role in support of President Bashar Al Assad. Several sources—on both sides of the battle lines—have told Reuters in interviews conducted over the past two months that

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Obama Urges Russia to Stop Bombing “Moderate” Syria Rebels

By Tom Perry and Jeff Mason BEIRUT/RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday to stop bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria in support of its ally President Bashar Al Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war. Major powers

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Border Hospitals Overwhelmed by Russian-Backed Assault on Syria’s Aleppo

By Humeyra Pamuk KILIS, Turkey, Feb 11 – Hospitals near the Syrian frontline have come under attack and been overwhelmed by severely wounded victims of Russian air strikes, taking the area’s health system to the verge of collapse, health workers say. French charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which runs six hospitals in Syria and provides support

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Into the Valley of Death

100 years after Sykes-Picot, Britain and France return to Syria BY Michael Stephens AFTER weeks of hand-wringing and heated debate, the United Kingdom has now joined the coalition in extended military actions in Syria. So far the impact has been fairly limited. U.K. bombs have only fallen on isolated Daesh-controlled oil fields in eastern Syria.

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Syria’s Assad Says British Air Strikes Will Fail to Defeat Daesh

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – British air strikes on Daesh will fail to defeat the militant group, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, mocking Prime Minister David Cameron’s strategy in the region. British lawmakers approved the bombing of Daesh targets in Syria on Thursday. Hours after that approval, the

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Air Strikes Alone Won’t Defeat Daesh, Warns Kerry

By Arshad Mohammed BELGRADE, Dec 4 – Syrian and other Arab ground forces must be found to take on Daesh, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, saying the militant group would not be defeated by air strikes alone. Kerry was speaking hours after Britain began bombing Daesh targets in Syria, joining forces

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