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Syria, Russia Pound Rebel-Held Aleppo but Advances Halt

By Laila Bassam and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 10 – Syrian’s military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus’s allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. The United States said it was meeting a Russian team in

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John Kerry Urges Russia to Show “Grace” in Geneva Aleppo Talks

PARIS, Dec 10 – Backers of the Syrian opposition appeared resigned to the fall of eastern Aleppo on Saturday, with the United States pleading Moscow to show “grace” when officials meet in Geneva to try to reach a deal for civilians and fighters to leave the city. Syrian government and allied forces have in the

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Russia Says Over 8,000 Have Fled Rebel-Held Aleppo in Last 24 Hours

MOSCOW, Dec 9- The Russian military said on Friday it had helped more than 8,000 Syrian citizens flee parts of eastern Aleppo still controlled by rebels in the last 24 hours, including almost 3,000 children. The Russian military said in a statement that 14 rebels had also surrendered to Syrian government forces, laying down their

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U.N. calls for Aleppo Evacuation Plan; Politician Warns of Extermination

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 8  – The United States and Russia must broker an evacuation from east Aleppo, U.N. Syria humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said on Thursday, as a local politician warned that 150,000 people there faced “extermination”. Five months of negotiations over aid plans have produced “nothing”, Egeland said, and

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Syrian Army’s Aleppo Advance Slows but Victory In Sight

By Laila Bassam and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 8 – The Syrian army’s advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the nation’s second city would change the course of the six-year civil war in his favour. Lightning gains in recent

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“Syrian-Iranian Grip” on Lebanon Will Tighten after Aleppo – Jumblatt

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Dec 8 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s imminent victory in Aleppo will increase Syrian and Iranian influence in Lebanon, the leading Lebanese Druze politician said on Thursday, as Assad said Lebanon could not remain unscathed by regional conflicts. The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against anti-Assad rebels’

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Russian Military Adviser in Aleppo Dies of Shelling Wounds

  MOSCOW, Dec 7 – A Russian military adviser in Aleppo has died of wounds sustained in a mortar attack carried out by Syrian opposition rebels, the Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday, the third Russian fatality in Syria this week. Russian news agencies had previously cited the defence ministry as saying that Colonel Ruslan Galitsky had

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Kremlin says Exit Deal for Aleppo Rebels Still on Agenda

MOSCOW, Dec 7  – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a potential U.S.-Russia deal to allow Syrian rebels to safely leave Aleppo was still on the agenda, but that no talks were planned between the two countries for now. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call that Russian and U.S. experts were

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Turkish Air Strikes Kill 23 Daesh Militants in Syria’s Al Bab Region

ISTANBUL, Dec 7  – Turkish warplanes pounded 12 Daesh targets in the al-Bab region of northern Syria on Wednesday, killing 23 militants, the military said. The air strikes were launched as Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish troops and firepower, besiege Daesh controlled al-Bab as part of the three-month-old Euphrates Shield operation to push the jihadists

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Aleppo Rebels Call for Five-Day Ceasefire, Talks About City’s Future

BEIRUT, Dec 7  – Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called for an immediate five-day ceasefire, negotiations about the future of the city and for medical and civilian evacuations, in a humanitarian plan published on Wednesday. A Turkey-based rebel official told Reuters the plan had been sent to international parties which had yet to respond.

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