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Syria’s Assad Says British Air Strikes Will Fail to Defeat Daesh

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – British air strikes on Daesh will fail to defeat the militant group, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper, mocking Prime Minister David Cameron’s strategy in the region. British lawmakers approved the bombing of Daesh targets in Syria on Thursday. Hours after that approval, the

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Iran Says Future of Syria’s President Assad a ‘Red Line’

DUBAI, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader on Sunday said the future of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could only be determined by the Syrian people and this was a “red line” for Tehran. Assad’s fate is a sticking point in talks between world powers aimed at finding a political solution

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Daesh Takes Syrian Town as Fighting Looks Set to Intensify

BEIRUT (Reuters) Daesh fighters drove Syrian government forces from a town in the west of the country on Sunday, as fighting looked set to intensify despite a flurry of international diplomacy and talks between regional rivals. The jihadists’ advance came even as Russian warplanes and Syrian forces supported by them stepped up assaults against insurgents

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U.S.-backed Syrian Rebels Declare New Offensive Against Daesh

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters)  A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Saturday announced a fresh offensive against Daesh in the northeast province of Hasaka, a day after the United States said it would send special forces to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists. “Today … we announce the start of the liberation of the southern countryside of Hasaka province,”

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Russian cargo in Syria: from grains to weapons

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 LONDON/MOSCOW– In the past few weeks Russia has increased its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad by sending more than 100 cargo vessels to the main Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, which has become the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year. According to maritime intelligence and international trade sources’ shipping

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