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Assad’s Allies Warn Turkey Against any Aleppo Advance

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Oct 26  – Forces allied to President Bashar al-Assad in Syria warned Turkey on Wednesday against any advance towards their positions to the north and east of Aleppo, saying any such move would be met “decisively and with force”. The field commander of the forces allied to Damascus made the comments

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The Smoking Gun

Assad regime claims innocence, as a U.N. report accuses it of carrying two chlorine attacks in Syria BY Michael Cruickshank For the doctors, in opposition-held Eastern Aleppo, the night of August 10 was different. Their patients’ bodies bore no horrific shrapnel and burn injuries this time. Instead, the victims were vomiting and gasping for air.

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Fighting in Aleppo Persists Despite Russia Ceasefire Announcement: Rebels

BEIRUT, Aug 11 – Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government,

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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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Kerry Presses On with Russian Talks on Syria Despite Aleppo Setbacks

By Lesley Wroughton, Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 6 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks

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Syria’s Assad Says Putin Has Not Talked About Political Transition

July 14 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has never talked to him about leaving power, despite pressure from Washington for Assad to step down. “They never said a single word regarding this,” Assad told NBC News when asked whether Putin or Russian Foreign

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Turkey PM Says Aims to Develop Relations With Syria, Iraq

By Gulsen Solaker and Orhan Coskun ANKARA, July 13 – Turkey aims to develop good relations with Syria and Iraq, and both countries need to be stable for counter-terrorism efforts to succeed, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Wednesday. Turkey has long been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s staunchest opponents, arguing that only

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Israeli Military Says They Attacked Two Syrian Army Targets

JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – Israel attacked Syrian army targets after errant fire from fighting in Syria’s civil war struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the military said on Monday. A spokeswoman said two targets belonging to the Syrian military were hit overnight after the fire damaged Israel’s security fence on the Golan, territory captured from

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Turkey May Soften Stance on Assad Exit as Kurdish Gains Force Shift

By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, June 15 – Turkey’s determination to prevent an autonomous Kurdish region emerging in northern Syria could see it ease up on demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate exit, as it overhauls a foreign policy that has left it more isolated than influential. Days after taking office last month, new Prime Minister

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Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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