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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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Assad Says He is Ready For Syria Truce if ‘Terrorists’ Do Not Exploit It

BEIRUT/MADRID, Feb 21 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire, on condition “terrorists” did not use a lull in fighting to their advantage and that countries backing insurgents halted support for them. His comments were made as the Syrian opposition said it had agreed to the “possibility” of

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Syrian Rebels Re-enter From Turkey To Reinforce Trapped Insurgents

AMMAN, Feb 18  – At least 2,000 Syrian rebel fighters have re-entered the country from Turkey over the last week to reinforce insurgents fending off an assault by Syrian Kurdish-led militias, rebel sources said on Thursday. The rebel fighters, with weapons and vehicles, have been covertly escorted across the border by Turkish forces over several

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Turkey Shells Northern Syria for Second Day

BEIRUT, Feb 14 – The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, killing two fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Turkey on Saturday demanded the powerful Syrian Kurdish YPG militia withdraw from areas that it had captured in the northern Aleppo

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Scant Hope of Syria Peace Breakthrough as Russia Pounds Rebels

By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Major powers meeting in Germany on Thursday aim to revive Syria peace efforts, but with Russia backing a government push for a military victory, opposition delegates and Western officials see little hope of a diplomatic breakthrough. United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura

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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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