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Fall of Aleppo Puts Iran on Cusp of ‘Shiite Crescent’ of Influence

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a “Shi’ite crescent” of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea. Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have

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Battle of Aleppo Ends After Years of Bloodshed With Rebel Withdrawal

By Laila Bassam, Angus McDowall and Stephanie Nebehay ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT/GENEVA, Dec 14 – Rebel resistance in the Syrian city ofAleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody retreat, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire. The battle of Aleppo, one of the

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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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