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Fight for Palmyra

As Palmyra is regained, frontier towns continue their fight against terrorists. Read more: http://newsweekme.com/?p=7978 Social Streams

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France Helps Syrian Archeologists Fill In The Cracks

BEIRUT, May 26 – Young Syrians tasked with restoring their country’s world famous archaeological heritage, ravaged by five years of war, are getting a helping hand from French experts. Syria‘s antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdulkarim, has already moved thousands of artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra – some of whose temples were dynamited last year by jihadist

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Daesh Nets Millions from Antiquities: Russia

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, April 6 -Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said in a letter released on Wednesday. “Around 100,000 cultural objects of global importance, including 4,500 archaeological sites, nine of

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Syrian Forces Seize Daesh-Held Town Near Palmyra

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, April 3 – Syrian and allied forces, backed by Russian air strikes, drove Daesh militants out of the town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday, Syria’s military command said, after gradually encircling it over the past few days. Surrounded by hills, al-Qaryatain is 100 km (60 miles) west of the ancient city of

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Syrian Forces Enter Daesh-Held Town Near Palmyra

BEIRUT, April 3 – Syrian and allied forces, backed by Russian air strikes, entered the Islamic State-held town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday, having gradually surrounded it over the past few days, state media and a monitoring group said. Al-Qaryatain is 100 km (60 miles) west of Palmyra, which government forces recaptured from Daesh last Sunday. The

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Syrian Army Claims Daesh Planted Thousands of Mines in Palmyra

By Firas Makdesi PALMYRA, Syria, April 3 – Daesh militants retreating from Palmyra laid thousands of mines that they planned to set off simultaneously as the army moved in, a Syrian officer told Reuters in the ancient city after its recapture from the jihadist fighters. The officer said main streets and side roads in Palmyra had been rigged with explosives weighing

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Assad Says He Can Form New Syria Government With Opposition

By Jack Stubbs and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, March 31 – President Bashar Al Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra,

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Assad Calls on U.N. to Help Restore Ancient Palmyra

BEIRUT, March 30 – President Bashar al-Assad called on the United Nations and other international organisations on Wednesday to help Syria to restore Palmyra after government forces drove Daesh militants out of the ancient city. State news agency SANA said Assad made the appeal in a message to Ban Ki-moon, in which he also thanked

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Assad Says Syria Military Gains Will Speed Up Political Deal

By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW, March 30 – The Syrian army’s successes and its strong support from Russia will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar Al Assad said, as the two allies maintained an offensive against Daesh militants. Assad was speaking in an interview with Russia’s RIA news agency published on Tuesday, two days

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Along Syria’s Frontlines

As Palmyra is regained, frontier towns continue their fight against terrorists By Nour Samaha When Daesh militants took over the ancient city of Palmyra last May, they were able to establish a foothold in the heart of Syria, using it as a launching pad to gain territory towards the Mediterranean coast. The world watched in

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