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Air Strikes Hit Six Towns in Syria’s Aleppo Day After Truce

BEIRUT, Feb 28  – War planes attacked six towns in Syria’s northern Aleppo province early on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, a day after a cessation of hostilities agreement took effect. Syrian insurgents said the air strikes were carried out by Russian war planes in support of Syria’s government, but the Observatory

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U.N. Endorses Syria Peace Plan

By Denis Dyomkin, John Irish and Sabine Siebold UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 – The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, a rare show of unity among major powers on a conflict that has claimed more than a quarter million lives. The

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Kerry to Explore Syria Peace Process in Kremlin Talks

By Lesley Wroughton MOSCOW, Dec 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday to try and narrow differences with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the role of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad in any political transition and which rebel groups should be part of peace talks. Kerry will seek to

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Kremlin Says Planned Putin-Erdogan Summit in Russia Cancelled

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A bilateral summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan planned for Dec. 15 in St. Petersburg will not now happen, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. The summit was agreed upon during a meeting between the two men in Turkey on the sidelines of

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Iraq Closes Northern Airspace Due to Traffic from Russian Airstrikes

BAGHDAD, Nov. 23 – Iraq closed its northern airspace to commercial flights on Monday for at least two days due to military traffic from Russia’s air campaign in neighboring Syria, a spokesman for Erbil International Airport said. The closure was expected to affect domestic routes to Erbil and Sulaimaniya as well as international flights from

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Turkey Calls For Security Council Meeting To Discuss Attacks on Turkmen

ISTANBUL, Nov. 23 – Turkey has called for a U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss attacks on Turkmens in neighbouring Syria, sources in the prime minister’s office said, days after Ankara summoned the Russian ambassador in protest over “intensive” bombing of villages. Ankara has traditionally expressed solidarity with the Syrian Turkmens, who are Syrians of

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Hezbollah’s New Ally In Syria

Russian involvement in Syria welcomed by Hezbollah BY Nour Samaha “The Russians have made it clear to the Israelis there are certain areas [the Israelis] cannot operate in, especially around Latakia.” Twirling his cigarette between his fingers, Ali (not his real name) took a long drag before smiling and said: “We were comfortable before they even

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Putin Vows To Hunt Militants Who Downed Russian Jet

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Nov. 17 – Vladimir Putin said Russia would intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria and launch a global manhunt after the Kremlin concluded that terrorists had placed a bomb on a Russian passenger jet which broke up over Egypt last month. “We will find them anywhere on the

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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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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