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Putin Orders Surprise Syria Withdrawal As Peace Talks Resume

By Denis Dyomkin and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 15 – President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw, telling his diplomats to step up the push for peace as U.N.-mediated talks resumed on ending the five-year-old war. Damascus rejected any suggestion of

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Syria Peace Talks Set to Struggle Despite Foreign Pressure

BEIRUT/GENEVA, March 14 – Syria peace talks due to begin in Geneva this week look set to struggle, with the sides showing no sign of compromise over the issue at the heart of the five-year-long conflict: the future of President Bashar Al Assad. The U.N.-led talks getting under way on Monday with U.S. and Russian

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U.N. Seeks to Build Peace Talks on Fragile Syria Truce

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, March 6 – A total of 135 people were killed in the first week of a partial truce in Syria in areas covered by the deal, a monitoring group said on Saturday, highlighting its fragile nature just days before the United Nations attempts to reconvene peace talks. U.N. envoy Staffan de

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U.N. Delivers Aid in Syria, Rebels Say It Is Not Enough

BEIRUT, March 5 – Humanitarian aid on Friday reached areas near the Syrian capital Damascus where fighting has been going on between rebels and government forces, but opposition groups said not enough assistance was getting through. Taking advantage of a let-up in hostilities in Syria‘s civil war, a convoy of food and other supplies for 20,000 people left

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Kerry Says Looking Into Reported Violations of Syrian Truce

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Mar 1 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that while efforts were being made to track down alleged violations of the cessation of hostilities in Syria, there was currently no evidence to suggest it would destabilize the fragile peace. “We are digging in through the process we

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Syria Accuses Saudi Foreign Minister of Trying to Thwart Truce

BEIRUT, Feb 29  – The Syrian government accused Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Monday of trying to undermine a fragile cessation of hostilities agreement by saying there would be a “plan B” if it failed. Adel Al Jubeir said on Sunday that Syria’s government and its ally Russia had violated the truce, and that there

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Israel Welcomes Syria Truce But Hints Could Attack If Threatened

JERUSALEM, Feb 28 – Israel welcomed the cessation of hostilities in neighbouring Syria but hinted on Sunday it could still launch attacks there if it saw a threat. Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad stopped on Saturday, the first day of a U.S.-Russian accord that

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Syria War Rages Hours Before Deal to Halt Fighting

BEIRUT, Feb 26 – Heavy air strikes were reported to have hit rebel-held areas to the east of Damascus as fighting continued across much of western Syria on Friday, hours before a U.S.-Russian plan aimed at halting the fighting is due to take effect. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organisation reported at least

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Syrian Opposition Supports Idea of Two-Week Ceasefire

By John Davison and Jeff Mason BEIRUT/WASHINGTON, Feb 25 – Syria’s opposition indicated on Wednesday it was ready for a two-week truce in Syria, saying it was a chance to test the seriousness of the other side’s commitment to a U.S.-Russian plan for a cessation of hostilities. Combatants are required to say whether they will

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Assad Tells Putin His Government Will Help with Syria Ceasefire

MOSCOW, Feb 24 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that his government was ready to assist in implementing a ceasefire in Syria, the Kremlin and the Syrian presidency said. The United States and Russia announced plans on Monday for a cessation of hostilities in Syria, excluding Daesh and Nusra Front

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