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Russia Seeks Full Rebel Pullout from Aleppo

By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW, Dec 3  – Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. An

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Monitor Says Syrians Being Held by Government in Aleppo

BEIRUT, Nov 30 – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday the Syrian government had detained hundreds of people forced to flee rebel-held areas of east Aleppo by a fierce attack aimed at taking back the whole city. A Syrian military source denied anyone had been arrested but said the identities of people

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Syrian Army Seizes Key Aleppo Area From Rebels

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, Nov 28  – The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swathe of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. Two rebel officials said the insurgents, facing fierce bombardment

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Syria Attack Causes “Chemical Gas” Symptoms in Rebels -Turkish Media

ISTANBUL, Nov 27  – Daesh militants have fired a rocket in northern Syria that caused symptoms of “chemical gas” exposure in 22 Syrian rebels, state media cited Turkey’s military as saying on Sunday. The attack targeted Turkey-backed rebels who have for days been besieging the Daesh-controlled town of al-Bab, a major goal in Ankara’s “Euphrates

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Syrian Government Battles Rebels for Key Aleppo District

BEIRUT, Nov 8  – The Syrian army said it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo on Tuesday, in what would be the most important advance in the divided city by Damascus and its allies in weeks, but rebels said the battle was not over. The 1070 Apartments district is located on the southwestern outskirts

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Jets Pound Rebels After They Break Aleppo Siege

By Lisa Barrington and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 7 – Syrian insurgents who broke the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday in a significant territorial gain came under intense air attack from pro-government forces on Sunday trying to repel the advance which also cut government-held Aleppo’s main supply route. Rebels have taken most of

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Syria Rebels Battle Daesh at Iraqi Border, Aim to Cut “Caliphate” In Two

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, June 29 – Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate in two. The operation aiming to capture the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal,

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Air Strikes Hit Six Towns in Syria’s Aleppo Day After Truce

BEIRUT, Feb 28  – War planes attacked six towns in Syria’s northern Aleppo province early on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, a day after a cessation of hostilities agreement took effect. Syrian insurgents said the air strikes were carried out by Russian war planes in support of Syria’s government, but the Observatory

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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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