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White House Says Has No Evidence Russia Killed Daesh’s Adnani

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Sept 1  – The White House does not have evidence suggesting Russia was involved in an air strike that killed Daesh leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The United States and its coalition partners carried out a strike on Tuesday against Adnani, one of the last living senior

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Daesh Axe Attacker Planned to Move to Germany

VALERIK, Russia, Aug 31  – A Daesh supporter who was shot dead in Russia after he attacked police officers with an axe had planned to travel to Germany to join members of his family there, two people who knew him told Reuters. Usman Murdalov, 21, and his friend Sulim Israilov, 18, armed themselves with axes and

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Fight for Syria’s Aleppo Exposes Limits of Russian Air Power

By Maria Tsvetkova and Christian Lowe MOSCOW, Aug 30 – Russia’s politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims. People familiar with Russia’s military said Moscow opted for the

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Russia Says Future Use of Iran Air Base Depends on Syria Circumstances

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The Russian military said on Monday its aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted. Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Russia had stopped using the base

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Brother of Syrian Boy Pictured in Aleppo Dies of His Wounds

BEIRUT, Aug 21 – The older brother of the Syrian boy whose image, dazed and bloodied after an air strike, shocked people around the world, has died in Aleppo from wounds sustained in the same incident, a war monitor and a witness said. Ali Daqneesh, 10, was wounded in Wednesday’s air strike, according to the

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Russia Bombs Syrian Militants From Iran Base for First Time

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Aug 16 – Russian bombers based in Iran on Tuesday struck militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria. The ministry said the strikes, by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers, were

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Russia’s Lavrov says Syrian Militants Using Ceasefires to Regroup

MOSCOW, Aug 15 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Syrian rebels had used temporary ceasefires in and around Aleppo to regroup and rearm. Lavrov, speaking at a news conference in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he realised that brief daily ceasefires in place now

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Fighting in Aleppo Persists Despite Russia Ceasefire Announcement: Rebels

BEIRUT, Aug 11 – Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government,

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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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