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Syria Says it Rejects Aleppo Ceasefire if Rebels Remain

BEIRUT, Dec 6 – Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media. Moscow said on Monday that Russian and U.S. officials would meet this week to discuss a possible

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Battle for Aleppo Intensifies After Ceasefire Ends

BEIRUT, Oct 23 – The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday with air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said. There was fierce fighting between insurgents and Syrian government and allied forces along

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Pope Calls for “Immediate Ceasefire” in Syria

VATICAN CITY, Oct 12  – Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date on the conflict in Syria, on Wednesday called for an “immediate ceasefire” to allow for the evacuation of civilians. The war in Syria has escalated since efforts to reach a ceasefire collapsed in September. Syria and its ally Russia subsequently launched their

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Attack on Aleppo Aid Convoy was Air Strike – UN Expert

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 5 – Analysis of satellite imagery of a deadly attack on an aid convoy in Syria last month showed that it was an air strike, a U.N. expert said on Wednesday. Some 20 people were killed in the attack on the U.N. and Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy at Urem

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Trump says Russia Broke Syria Deal, Does Not Respect U.S. Leaders

By Emily Stephenson PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz., Oct 5 – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Russia “broke the deal” with the United States for a ceasefire in Syria and that the country did not respect U.S. leaders. The United States broke off talks this week with Russia on implementing a ceasefire agreement

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Kerry says Syria Peace Efforts must Continue Despite Break with Russia

BRUSSELS, Oct 4  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia on Tuesday for its “irresponsible and profoundly ill-advised decision” to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and said efforts to end the war in Syria must continue, in spite of the U.S. decision to break off talks with Moscow. “I want to be clear

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German Minister, in Tehran, Urges Iran to Push for Syria Ceasefire

By Gernot Heller TEHRAN, Oct 4 – German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the Iranian government during his two-day visit to the Islamic Republic to do what it can to push for a ceasefire in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, supported by Iranian-backed militia and Russian air power, have stepped up an offensive against

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Syria Presses Aleppo Advance, As U.N. Says Hospitals Near Collapse

BEIRUT, Oct 2 – Syrian government and allied forces advanced north of Aleppo, pressing their week-long offensive to take the insurgent-held part of the city after dozens of overnight air strikes hit the besieged eastern sector, state media and a monitor said on Sunday. The Syrian military, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power,

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Gulf May Arm Rebels now Syria Truce is Dead

By Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, Sept 27- The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states might arm Syrian rebels with shoulder-fired missiles to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials said on Monday. Still, the U.S. administration continues to maintain that negotiations are the only

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Kremlin says Worried That Terrorists Regrouping in Syria

MOSCOW, Sept 26 – The Kremlin said on Monday it was gravely concerned by the situation in Syria where it said terrorists were using a ceasefire to regroup and wage offensives against government troops. “The Kremlin views the situation as extremely complicated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters. “We are chiefly

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