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France Plans Coalition Meeting on Daesh, Says Group Retreating

PARIS, Jan 14 – Members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Daesh will meet in Paris next week to reinforce efforts against the group, France’s defence minister said on Thursday, adding that the militants were clearly retreating in Iraq. France was the first country to join U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq. Since the Paris attacks by Daesh in November,

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Mobile Clinics, Medical Teams Needed in Madaya – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 12 – The World Health Organization has asked the Syrian government for permission to send mobile clinics and medical teams to the besieged town of Madaya to assess the extent of malnutrition and evacuate the worst cases, its representative said on Tuesday. An aid convoy on Monday brought the first

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Security Council Discusses Starvation in Beseiged Syrian Towns

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 – The U.N. Security Council was discussing the besieged towns of Syria on Monday after reports emerged that tens of thousands of civilians have been trapped for months without supplies and are starving to death. “New Zealand and Spain called for today’s Security Council meeting on the situation in theSyrian town

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Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on Peace Talks After Russian Bombing

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 11 – Syria’s opposition co-ordinator Riad Hijab accused Russia of killing dozens of children after a bombing raid on Monday and said such action meant the opposition could not negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Earlier the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 12 Syrian school children

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Russia’s Putin Says Syria Needs a New Constitution

By Denis Pinchuk and Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW, Jan 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian

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Dancing with Daesh

Former Baathists are backing out of their dalliance with the terrorist militia BY Suadad Al Salhy On June 6, 2014, when militants of the terrorist group Daesh attacked Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, they numbered no more than a few hundred. The militants seized control over five neighborhoods in the western part of the city, easily

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China to Invite Syrian Government, Opposition for Peace Talks

BEIJING, Dec 21 – China will invite members of the Syrian government and opposition to visit as Beijing looks for ways to help with the peace process, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syrian peace process, a rare

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Russia’s Chief of Army Says Moscow Backs Opposition Offensive in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s air force is conducting dozens of air strikes in Syria daily to support the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside government troops against Islamic militants, the chief of Russian army’s general staff was quoted as saying on Monday. The number of Free Syrian Army fighters now advancing in the provinces

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Syrian Rebel Fighters Withdraw from Homs Following Ceasefire

BEIRUT, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families safely reached the northwestern city of Idlib overnight after withdrawing from Homs under a local ceasefire agreement, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The United Nations presided over the deal, which the mayor of Homs said involved 300 fighters

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Syrian Rebels Say Conference to Unify Opposition To Be Held in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A conference to try to unify Syria’s disparate opposition groups will open on Tuesday in Saudi Arabia, according to a powerful rebel group invited to the meetings, weeks before proposed international peace talks begin. The Saudi conference marks an attempt to bring together groups whose disunity has been a long-standing

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