Russia Won’t Stop Syria Strikes Until “Terrorists” Defeated: Lavrov

MUSCAT, Feb 3 – Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as Al Qaeda’s wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia should stop bombing opposition forces in Syria now that U.N.-led peace talks

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Syrian Rebel Group Quits Islamist Alliance, To Refocus Fight

BEIRUT, Jan 3 – A Syrian insurgent group said on Sunday it was pulling out of a coalition of Islamist factions operating in the northwest of the country, in order to redeploy around Aleppo where pro-government forces have intensified assaults in recent months. Since Russia’s intervention in the Syria conflict in September with an air

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The Abandoned House Cats of Aleppo

Who saves the animals suffering and dying in Syria’s war zone? By Rachel Nuwer Each morning, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel drives to the local butcher shop and purchases $2.50 worth of scraps. On good days, the sympathetic proprietor will give Aljaleel a discount or even throw in some bits and bones for free. Along with everyone else

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