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Syrians Flee to Turkish Border as Aleppo Assault Intensifies

By Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Lisa Barrington and Humeyra Pamuk BAB AL SALAMA, Syria/BEIRUT, Feb 7 – Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge. The assault around Aleppo, which

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Russian Bombings in Syria Risk “Cutting Off” Communities Warns Charity

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Humanitarian access to northwestern Syria could be cut off unless Russia halts its aerial bombardment of routes supplying hundreds of thousands of people with food and water, aid workers warned ahead of an international donor conference on Thursday. The alarm was sounded by an international

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Russia Won’t Stop Syria Strikes Until “Terrorists” Defeated: Lavrov

MUSCAT, Feb 3 – Russia will not stop its air strikes on Syria until armed groups, such as Al Qaeda’s wing there, are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia should stop bombing opposition forces in Syria now that U.N.-led peace talks

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Turkey Says Another Russian Jet Has Violated Air Space

ANKARA, Jan 30 – A Russian SU-34 jet violated Turkish airspace on Friday despite radar warnings, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, amid ongoing bitterness between the two countries involved in Syria’s war. The Russian ambassador was summoned over the incident late on Friday, the statement said, adding that the violation was a clear sign

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Main Syrian Opposition Heads to Geneva as Peace Talks Begin

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 – A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative said. The 17-strong team included the head of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political

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PYD Kurds won’t be invited to Syria Talks – Fabius

PARIS, Jan 27 – France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria had told him that he would not be inviting Syrian PYD Kurds to peace talks in Geneva and that a Riyadh-backed opposition group would lead the negotiations. “Mr (Staffan) de Mistura sent invitations … the PYD group was

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The Most Dangerous Job on Earth

Syria’s White Helmets live (and often die) by the motto ‘to save one life is to save humanity’ By Janine di Giovanni Photographs by Nicole Tung On a warm morning in December, a few dozen Syrians from Aleppo and Idlib— former students, teachers, vegetable sellers and farmers— gather in an abandoned firefighting training center near the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Syria’s Opposition to Meet Tuesday, Blames Russia for “Obstacles”

BEIRUT, Jan 25 – Syria’s opposition will meet on Tuesday to discuss U.N.-led efforts to convene delayed peace talks, an opposition spokesman said, repeating a call for goodwill steps from the government including a halt to bombardments before any talks happen. The United Nations is trying to convene the first talks in two years to

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Talks May be Delayed

By John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA, Jan 21 – Internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on Jan. 25 may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table, the United Nations envoy said on Wednesday. A Syrian opposition council backed by

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