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Rebels Seize Village Near Aleppo, 73 Killed: Monitor

BEIRUT, May 6 – Rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo overnight, a monitoring group and rebel sources said on Friday, gaining important ground near the Syrian city where the United States and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 73 people had been killed in

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Lebanese Army Kills Daesh Leader at Syrian Border

BEIRUT, April 28 – Lebanese forces killed a Daesh leader on Thursday in an army operation in the mountainous border region with Syria, Lebanon’s National News Agency and a security source said. The man was named as Nayif al-Shaalaan, and identified as Daesh’s leader in the area by the security source. State media said he

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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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Rebels and Syrian Gov’t Forces Clash Near Aleppo: Monitor

BEIRUT, April 10  – Syrian government forces and their allies battled insurgents including Al Qaeda fighters in fierce clashes south of Aleppo late on Saturday, and the rebels advanced taking over two hilltops, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based monitoring group’s director Rami Abdulrahman said this might mark a breakdown in the

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Rebels Seize Syria Town from Fighters Loyal to Daesh

BEIRUT, April 9 – Rebels seized a town in southern Syria from groups loyal to Daesh just a day after fighters captured another town from the hardline militants in a separate insurgent assault in the north, a rebel source and a monitoring group said. The rebels had by late on Friday taken control of Tasil

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Rebels Shoot Down Warplane South of Aleppo

AMMAN, April 5 – Islamist rebels shot down a warplane on Tuesday in an area south of the city of Aleppo where insurgents are battling the Syrian army and allied militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitor said a plume of smoke was seen as the plane caught fire before it fell

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Syrian Rebels Claim Nusra Front Leader Killed in Suspected Drone Strike

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, April 4- A prominent leader in Syrian Al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front was killed on Sunday in what rebel sources said appeared to be a U.S. drone strike in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the country, confirmed reports on websites

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Nusra Front, Syrian Rebels Attack Gov’t Forces Near Aleppo, Gain Ground

BEIRUT, April 3 – Syrian rebels and the Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front have mounted an offensive against Syrian government forces and on Saturday took a strategic hill south of Aleppo from government control, a monitoring group said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the offensive began on Friday, and Syrian government and allied forces

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Video Apparently of Japanese Hostage Surfaces With Message to Family

TOKYO, March 17 – A video surfaced on Thursday appearing to show a missing Japanese journalist, reportedly held by an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, reading a message to his family and country. “Hello, I am Jumpei Yasuda. Today is my birthday, 16 March,” the bearded man said on the video, posted on Facebook. The

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