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Syrian Rebels Hand In Heavy Weapons in Besieged Damascus Town

BEIRUT, Nov 27 – Syrian rebels handed in their heavy weapons in a town southwest of Damascus, on Sunday, as part of a deal they have made with the government to get safe passage to insurgent-controlled areas, state-affiliated media said. Through a series of so-called “settlement” agreements and army offensives, the Syrian government, backed by

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Two New Rebel Evacuation Deals Near Damascus – Monitor

BEIRUT, Nov 26 – Two deals to evacuate rebels and their weapons from parts of the Damascus suburbs have been reached, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as government attacks on the remaining opposition-held areas around the capital intensify. The evacuation deals are part of the Syrian government’s attempts to conclude local

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Syrian Government Battles Rebels for Key Aleppo District

BEIRUT, Nov 8  – The Syrian army said it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo on Tuesday, in what would be the most important advance in the divided city by Damascus and its allies in weeks, but rebels said the battle was not over. The 1070 Apartments district is located on the southwestern outskirts

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Syrian Army Edges Closer Towards Rebel Stronghold in Capital

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, Nov 1 – The Syrian army and its allies seized a strategic area in the besieged rebel-held eastern Ghouta area of Damascus, tightening their grip on the biggest insurgent stronghold near the capital. Rebels said the army stormed the town of Tel Kurdi on Sunday bringing them only a few kilometres

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Car Bomb in South Damascus Causes Casualties – Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT, Oct 17  – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car bomb exploded on Monday in a southern district of Damascus which is home to Syria’s holiest Shi’ite Muslim shrine, with initial reports of casualties. The British-based monitoring group said the blast took place near a checkpoint used by the Syrian army and

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Syria’s History Through Stamps and Banknotes

BY Nour Samaha  What started at the age of 12 as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession, and today, Jamil Murad is the number one collector of Syrian stamps and banknotes in the country. The 37-year-old, originally from Sednaya, Syria, has dedicated his life to documenting the rise and growth of the Syrian state.

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Tales from Damascus

Three artists immortalize the old city on canvas BY Nour Samaha Nestled in the far corner of the souk of Tekkiye Suleymaniye in the middle of Damascus lies a small room at the very end of the court-yard, away from the noise of the traffic. Inside the room, canvases of all sizes adorn the walls, and

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Tales From Damascus

An Iraqi Communist in Syria, dedicated to a three-decade long routine BY Nour Samaha Sitting quietly by himself on a small table designed for four people in one of Damascus’ bustling coffee shops, Labed Buktash (Abu Halloub) drinks his cup of tea while reading a copy of his newspaper. While there is nothing out of

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Jets Hit Rebel-held Homs Area for First Time in Year

AMMAN, Aug 29 – Jets believed to be Syrian planes hit the besieged Al-Waer neighbourhood in the city of Homs on Sunday, a day after the evacuation of residents and fighters from rebel-held Daraya on the outskirts of the capital, residents and a monitor said. They said over a dozen air strikes on the residential

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