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Aleppo Bombed as Syrian Army Begins “Calm” Plan Elsewhere

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 1 – Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as a temporary “calm” declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest. It was the ninth day of deadly bombardments in Aleppo, which has borne the brunt of increased fighting that has all

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Syria Rebel Group Slams Geneva Talks, Opposition Body

BEIRUT, April 17 – A Syrian rebel group on Saturday said United Nations-led peace talks had so far been extremely negative and criticized opposition negotiators as divorced from a deteriorating military situation on the ground. The statement from Ahrar Al Sham, an Islamist group and one of the biggest rebel factions involved in the conflict, indicates

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Syria Peace Talks Set to Struggle Despite Foreign Pressure

BEIRUT/GENEVA, March 14 – Syria peace talks due to begin in Geneva this week look set to struggle, with the sides showing no sign of compromise over the issue at the heart of the five-year-long conflict: the future of President Bashar Al Assad. The U.N.-led talks getting under way on Monday with U.S. and Russian

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Syria’s Opposition To Stick To Truce Despite Violations

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 28  – Syria’s opposition will stick to the cessation of hostilities despite what they said were 15 violations by Syrian government forces on Saturday and more breaches on Sunday, a spokesman for the High Negotiating Committee (HNC) said. “The decision is to remain quiet, not to do anything, and I

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