deir al zor

Syrian Forces Retake Deir al-Zor Hospital After “Major” Daesh Offensive

BEIRUT, May 15 – Syrian government forces retook a hospital in Deir al-Zor after Daesh attacked it on Saturday following a dawn offensive by the militants on the besieged eastern Syrian city, a war monitor and state media said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria’s five-year-long war, said Daesh had killed at least

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U.N. Parachutes Food into Syrian City Besieged by Daesh

GENEVA, April 11 – The United Nations said it parachuted food supplies to thousands of people besieged by Daesh militants in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, in a bid to ease more than two years of blockades and shortages. Many in the eastern city had been reduced to eating grass and wild vegetation,

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Assad Says He Can Form New Syria Government With Opposition

By Jack Stubbs and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, March 31 – President Bashar Al Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra,

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Assad Says Syria Military Gains Will Speed Up Political Deal

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW, March 30 – The Syrian army’s successes and its strong support from Russia will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar Al Assad said, as the two allies maintained an offensive against Daesh militants. Assad was speaking in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday, two days

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Along Syria’s Frontlines

As Palmyra is regained, frontier towns continue their fight against terrorists By Nour Samaha When Daesh militants took over the ancient city of Palmyra last May, they were able to establish a foothold in the heart of Syria, using it as a launching pad to gain territory towards the Mediterranean coast. The world watched in

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Syrian Forces Pursue Campaign Against Daesh After Retaking Palmyra

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, March 28  – Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Daesh insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants. The loss of Palmyra on Sunday amounts to one of the biggest

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Syrian Army, With Russian Air Support, Advances Inside Palmyra

By Dominic Evans BEIRUT, March 27 – Syrian government forces advanced into Palmyra on Saturday with heavy support from Russian air strikes, taking control of several districts in a major assault against Daesh fighters, Syrian state media and a monitoring group said. Television footage showed waves of explosions inside Palmyra and smoke rising from buildings, as tanks and armoured

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Syrian Opposition Supports Idea of Two-Week Ceasefire

By John Davison and Jeff Mason BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, Feb 25 – Syria’s opposition indicated on Wednesday it was ready for a two-week truce in Syria, saying it was a chance to test the seriousness of the other side’s commitment to a U.S.-Russian plan for a cessation of hostilities. Combatants are required to say whether they will

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Daesh Frees 270 of 400 People Kidnapped from Syria’s Deir Al Zor

BEIRUT, Jan 20 – Daesh on Tuesday released 270 of an estimated 400 civilians, most of them women and children, kidnapped at the weekend when its fighters attacked Syrian government-held areas in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said, however, that the ultra-hardline group

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Daesh Kidnaps 400 Civilians in Eastern Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 17 – Daesh militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday families of pro-government fighters were among those abducted. “There is genuine fear for their lives, there

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