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Battle of Aleppo Ends After Years of Bloodshed With Rebel Withdrawal

By Laila Bassam, Angus McDowall and Stephanie Nebehay ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Dec 14 – Rebel resistance in the Syrian city ofAleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire. The battle of Aleppo, one of the

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Aleppo Hit by Air Strikes and Shelling as Evacuation Stalls

By Laila Bassam, Tom Perry and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat on Wednesday as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the city in a bombardment the United Nations said “most likely constitutes war crimes”. Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s

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Syrian General Says Aleppo Offensive in Final Stages

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 13 – The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone

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After Aleppo, Syria’s Assad Still Far From Regaining His State

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Dec 11 – When President Bashar Al Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state. The expected fall of Aleppo

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Syria Says it Rejects Aleppo Ceasefire if Rebels Remain

BEIRUT, Dec 6 – Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media. Moscow said on Monday that Russian and U.S. officials would meet this week to discuss a possible

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“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack to Break Siege

By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Oct 28 – Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam

Former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam discusses the Syrian crisis, Iran’s meddling and the U.S.-Russia face off. BY: Leila Hatoum “I cannot imagine how the war in Syria will end…I believe that the U.S. administration, perhaps, is no longer capable of fixing the situation [there],” says Abdul Halim Khaddam, Syria’s former vice president, from his Parisian

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Syria Presses Aleppo Advance, As U.N. Says Hospitals Near Collapse

BEIRUT, Oct 2 – Syrian government and allied forces advanced north of Aleppo, pressing their week-long offensive to take the insurgent-held part of the city after dozens of overnight air strikes hit the besieged eastern sector, state media and a monitor said on Sunday. The Syrian military, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power,

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UN Rights Chief Condemns Syria Abuses Under Assad’s Rule

GENEVA, Sept 13 – U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday, in a wide-ranging speech cataloguing human rights abuses around the world. In a speech opening a three-week session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid said Syria was one of five countries that routinely refused to cooperate

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