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U.S. Threatens Syria, Says Assad is Planning Chemical Weapons Attack

WASHINGTON, June 27 – The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday

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With Old Bicycles, Refugees Ride into New Life in London

By Lin Taylor LONDON, June 21 – On a balmy, breezy afternoon in south London, dozens of people tinker on secondhand bicycles inside a small workshop, preparing to give them to the several refugees waiting nearby. As the evening sun lingers, the growing crowd spills onto the quiet leafy street, where asylum seekers eagerly don

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Syrians Fear New Raqqa Turmoil Once Daesh is Defeated

By Michael Georgy RAQQA, Syria, June 21 – U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Daesh in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight. Dozens of them have volunteered to help rebuild the town once the militants have been defeated. The aim of organisation they have

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Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds free Daesh Slaves

By Rodi Said and Ellen Francis QAMISHLI, Syria/BEIRUT June 14 – Daesh militants enslaved Noura Khalaf for three years, dragging her from her small Iraqi village across their territory in Syria. They bought and sold her five times before she was finally freed with her children last week. Khalaf is one of many Yazidi women

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Facebook Launches Ramadan Campaign for Syrian Children

May 28 – As a result of Facebook’s Hack for Good campaign, international NGO Save the Children launched the “It’s Not the Same For Them” campaign to remind people of the harsh realities that confront Syrian children. The campaign will run throughout Ramadan, across the Middle East and North Africa. It will also target the

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Austrian Court Jails Syrian for Life for Killing Assad Soldiers

VIENNA, May 11 – An Austrian court jailed a Syrian asylum seeker for life for murdering 20 wounded soldiers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army while fighting alongside an anti-Assad militia near the city of Homs, a court spokesman said. An interpreter had told the court the 27-year-old man recounted the episode to him in

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Syria’s White Helmets Accuse Russia of Aleppo War Crimes in Letter

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 – Russian air strikes in the Aleppo, Syria, region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children, the Syrian White Helmets civil defense group told United Nations war crimes investigators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. The White Helmets, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Independent Doctors Association

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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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