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What Lies Beneath

Daesh’s underground tunnels derail the retake of Mosul By Suadad Al Salhy When Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi signaled the launch of the offensive to regain Mosul, the last and largest Iraqi city held by the terrorist militant group Daesh on October 16, Iraq’s military general involved in the operation were fairly optimistic. They did

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Rebels Launch Major Assault to Try to Break Aleppo Siege

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 1 – Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week. The rebels are trying to break through the strip of government-controlled

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Syrian Pro-Government Forces “Widely Using” Cluster Bombs: HRW

BEIRUT, July 28  – The Russian-backed Syrian government’s air campaign against rebels is widely using cluster munitions, banned by more than 100 countries because of their indiscriminate nature, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday. The rights group said it had documented 47 cluster munitions attacks, which killed or wounded dozens of

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Kerry’s Syria Plan With Russia Faces Deep Skepticism in U.S., Abroad

By Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON, July 24 – Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Daesh coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia’s intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria. Several U.S. military and intelligence

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Orlando Killer Expressed Support for Multiple Islamist Groups

By Letitia Stein and Jarrett Renshaw ORLANDO, Fla., June 14 – Orlando nightclub killer Omar Mateen had expressed sympathy for a variety of Islamist extremists, including groups in the Middle East that are sworn enemies, the FBI said on Monday, as a picture began to emerge of the angry, violent man who carried out America’s

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Syrian Army Presses Offensive Against Daesh

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, June 5 – The Syrian army pushed into Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Daesh, after a major Russian-backed offensive against the militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The offensive is the third big assault on the self-proclaimed caliphate in recent days after Iraqi forces

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Daesh Drives Syria Rebels from Near Turkish Border

By John Davison BEIRUT, May 27 – Daesh fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The ultra-hardline group has been fighting against rebels in the area for several months. The

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Syrian Rebels Agree in Qatar to Stop Fighting Each Other

BEIRUT, May 25  – Two Syrian rebel groups which have been fighting each other near Damascus have negotiated a ceasefire in Qatar, statements published by the two groups said. More than 500 people have been killed since April when fighting erupted between rival Jaish al-Islam and Failaq al-Rahman groups. Their rift has been exploited by

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Jihadists Mobilize in Syria as Peacemaking Unravels

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, May 19 – Jihadi militants in Syria including al Qaeda are mobilizing again for all-out war against President Bashar Al Assad, taking advantage of the collapse of peace talks to eclipse nationalist rival insurgents that signed on to a faltering truce. Al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front,

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