Obama Urges Russia to Stop Bombing “Moderate” Syria Rebels

By Tom Perry and Jeff Mason BEIRUT/RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Feb 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama urged Russia on Sunday to stop bombing “moderate” rebels in Syria in support of its ally President Bashar Al Assad, a campaign seen in the West as a major obstacle to latest efforts to end the war. Major powers

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Syrian Army Edges Towards Daesh Bastion, Jets Hit Rebel Towns

By Tom Perry and Paul Carrel BEIRUT/MUNICH, Feb 13 – Syrian government forces were poised to advance into the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa province and allied Russian jets kept up air strikes on rebel-held towns north of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday. An advance into Raqqa would re-establish a Syrian

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Syrian Kurdish Forces Reportedly Capture Most of Rebel-held Ex-Army Airport

BEIRUT, Feb 11 – Kurdish-led fighters aided by Russian bombing captured a rebel-held former Syrian military airport near the border with Turkey, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy fighting took place between Kurds and Syrian insurgents around Menagh airport and Russian warplanes staged at least 30

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