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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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Russia’s Lavrov says Syrian Ceasefire Hinges on All Sides Involved

MOSCOW, Sept 24  – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a revival of a ceasefire in Syria depends on all sides involved and not only on “Russia’s unilateral concessions”. “One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis,” he said in an interview for the TV news show ‘Vesti on Saturday’.

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France’s Hollande Blames Syria for Ceasefire Failure

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 – French President Francois Hollande blamed the Syrian government on Tuesday for the collapse of a U.S.-Russia-backed ceasefire and urged foreign supporters of President Bashar al-Assad to help enforce peace or risk the country fragmenting. “I say to the Syrian government’s foreign backers that they must compel the regime to enforce

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Syrian Opposition: International Ceasefire Efforts Lack Credibility

By John Irish and Yara Bayoumy NEW YORK, Sept 21 – Syria’s chief opposition coordinator Riad Hijab said on Tuesday that international efforts to achieve a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war were doomed without any credible mechanism to designate blame or attribute consequences. Hijab, once a prime minister under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said in

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U.S. Says Syria Ceasefire Not Dead, Others Skeptical

By John Irish and Lesley Wroughton NEW YORK, Sept 20 – The United States said that a Syria ceasefire was “not dead” on Tuesday even as other countries voiced skepticism that a U.S.-Russian deal to halt the violence could be revived. Foreign ministers from 20 nations emerged with differing views after a meeting to explore

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Air Strikes Hit Aid Convoy as Syria says Ceasefire Over

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 20 – Syrian or Russian aircraft struck an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday and killed 12 people, according to a war monitor, as the Syrian military declared a one-week truce brokered by the United States and Russia over. The United Nations confirmed the convoy was hit

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Syria Ceasefire Seen Near Collapse

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 19 – A Syrian ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia was in deep trouble on Monday as a rebel official said it had practically failed and signalled insurgents were preparing for a full resumption of fighting. Already widely violated since it took effect a week ago, the ceasefire

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Aid Trucks for Syria Wait in No-Man’s Land on Turkish Border

By Osman Orsal and John Davison CILVEGOZU, Turkey/BEIRUT, Sept 14  – Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, as disagreements between warring sides and security fears held up deliveries on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of

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Syria Truce Largely Holds, Aid Preparations Underway

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Sept 13  – A nationwide ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia was mostly holding across Syria on Tuesday and efforts to deliver badly needed aid to besieged areas including the northern city of Aleppo got cautiously underway. Syrian state media said armed groups had violated the truce in a

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