syria civil war

Along Calmer Frontlines

Can Daraa be a model for the rest of Syria? By Nour Samaha   The recently asphalted main government highway from Damascus to Daraa City is lined with high sand berms to limit any incoming sniper fire. At several intersections, the road has been diverted by large mounds of dirt or cement blocks, blocking travelers from accessing

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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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“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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U.S.’s Kerry Discussed Renewed Bombing in Aleppo with Russia

LIMA, Nov 17 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he discussed Ukraine and “all aspects” of Aleppo including renewed bombing in the Syrian city this week in a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Speaking to reporters after their one-on-one talk during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, Lavrov

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U.N. Set to Extend Inquiry into Syria Toxic Gas Attacks: Diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 – The U.N. Security Council was set to approve on Thursday a one-year extension of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, paving the way for a showdown over how to punish those responsible. Russia has said it wants the

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Daesh Using Tens of Thousands as Human Shields in Mosul: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 28 – Daesh forces in Iraq have abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from areas around Mosul and are using them as “human shields” in strategic sites in the city as Iraqi troops advance, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. The hardline Sunni militants killed at

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Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack to Break Siege

By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Oct 28 – Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels

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US Broadens Syria Talks After Failure of Truce Deal with Russia

By Marina Depetris and Alexander Winning LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will return to Syria talks on Saturday, three weeks after the failure of their painstakingly drafted ceasefire that many saw as the last hope for peace this year. Kerry has pointedly avoided

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Exhibition Offers a Manifesto of Hope for Syria

By Dr. Filiz Çakir Phillip The devastating civil war in Syria has captured the world’s attention. In response to this, the Aga Khan Museum is offering a world premiere exhibition that tells a different side of Syria’s story, one that reminds us of the artistic achievements and cultural diversity of both ancient and present day Syria.

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