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Al Qaeda in Syria Seizes Bases, Weapons of Western-Backed Group

BEIRUT, March 13 – The Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front seized bases and weapons from a Western-backed rebel group in overnight fighting in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory, said the Nusra Front had also detained dozens of members of the 13th Division rebel group,

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U.N. Seeks to Build Peace Talks on Fragile Syria Truce

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, March 6 – A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks. U.N. envoy Staffan de

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Jordan Foils Daesh Plot to Attack Civilian, Military Targets

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, March 2 – Jordan’s security services said on Wednesday they had thwarted a plot by Daesh militants to blow up civilian and military targets, in one of the U.S. ally’s largest sweeps in years against hardline sleeper cells. The security services located the militants, who were carrying suicide belts, in a

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Kerry Says Looking Into Reported Violations of Syrian Truce

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Mar 1 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that while efforts were being made to track down alleged violations of the cessation of hostilities in Syria, there was currently no evidence to suggest it would destabilize the fragile peace. “We are digging in through the process we

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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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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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Book Review: Extremist Eclipse

A new book delivers a gripping account of Syria’s war BY BRIAN WHITAKER The war in Syria is becoming less and less about Syria. At the diplomatic level, it has turned into a sordid spectacle where foreign powers with conflicting and probably irreconcilable objectives—most notably Russia, the United States, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia—squabble amongst

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Lebanese Army Kill 2, Arrests 27 Militants in Border Town

BEIRUT, Feb 3 – Lebanese soldiers killed two gunmen and arrested at least 27 suspected militants, including a commander from the Daesh group, in a raid in the town of Arsal near the border with Syria, a security source on Wednesday. The source said that among those detained was Abu Bakr Al Raqqawi, a local

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Syrian Government Forces Retake Key Town in Latakia

BEIRUT, Jan 24 – Syrian pro-government forces recaptured the rebel-held town of Rabiya in the western coastal province of Latakia on Sunday, Syrian state television and a Britain-based monitoring group said. The advance was backed by Russian air strikes and was directed partly by Russian officers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It would

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