Bashar al-Assad

In Aleppo, Underground Schools Face Bombardments and Burnout

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 8 – At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don’t go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky. With 110 teachers, most of them new to the profession, the organization runs

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UAE Says Ready to Send Ground Troops to Syria

ABU DHABI, Feb 7  – The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday it was ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of an international coalition to fight against Daesh. Asked if the UAE was ready to send troops if need be, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said at a media

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Syrians Flee to Turkish Border as Aleppo Assault Intensifies

By Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Lisa Barrington and Humeyra Pamuk BAB AL SALAMA, Syria/BEIRUT, Feb 7 – Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge. The assault around Aleppo, which

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Syria Says Any Foreign Aggressors Will Go Home “In Coffins”

BEIRUT, Feb 6 – Syria will resist any ground incursion into its territory and send the aggressors home “in coffins”, its foreign minister said on Saturday, in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they were ready to join such an operation. Foreign Minister Walid Al Moualem also told a news conference

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Nations Pledge Billions for Syria at London Donors Conference

By Estelle Shirbon and William James LONDON, Feb 4 – Donor nations pledged on Thursday to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians as world leaders gathered for a conference in London to tackle the world’s worst humanitarian crisis after the breakdown of peace talks the day before. With Syria‘s five-year-old civil war raging

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Russian Bombings in Syria Risk “Cutting Off” Communities Warns Charity

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Humanitarian access to northwestern Syria could be cut off unless Russia halts its aerial bombardment of routes supplying hundreds of thousands of people with food and water, aid workers warned ahead of an international donor conference on Thursday. The alarm was sounded by an international

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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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Syria Peace Talks Derailed as Opposition Stays Away

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi, John Davison and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 29- The Syrian opposition said it will not attend peace talks due to begin in Geneva on Friday, derailing the first attempt in two years to hold negotiations aimed at ending the five-year-long war. An opposition council convening in Riyadh said its delegation would “certainly”

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Iran’s Rouhani Says Main Problem in Syria is Terrorism

By John Irish PARIS, Jan 29 – The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday, adding that defeating terrorism was Syria’s main problem and not who is running the country. On the first official visit to France by an Iranian president since 1999, Rouhani also

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