syria civil war

Homs Evacuation Delayed, But Governor Vows to Press On

BEIRUT, Sept 19 – A planned evacuation of several hundred Syrian rebels from the last opposition foothold in Homs city was delayed until Tuesday, the Homs governor said, vowing to press ahead despite opposition warnings it will sink a truce. The district of Al-Waer in Homs, home to 60,000 people, is besieged by the government,

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UN Rights Chief Condemns Syria Abuses Under Assad’s Rule

GENEVA, Sept 13 – U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday, in a wide-ranging speech cataloguing human rights abuses around the world. In a speech opening a three-week session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, Zeid said Syria was one of five countries that routinely refused to cooperate

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Syria Ceasefire Approaches with Assad Emboldened, Opposition Wary

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 12 – An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favour. In a gesture loaded with symbolism, state television showed Assad visiting

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The Smoking Gun

Assad regime claims innocence, as a U.N. report accuses it of carrying two chlorine attacks in Syria BY Michael Cruickshank For the doctors, in opposition-held Eastern Aleppo, the night of August 10 was different. Their patients’ bodies bore no horrific shrapnel and burn injuries this time. Instead, the victims were vomiting and gasping for air.

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Tales from Damascus

Three artists immortalize the old city on canvas BY Nour Samaha Nestled in the far corner of the souk of Tekkiye Suleymaniye in the middle of Damascus lies a small room at the very end of the court-yard, away from the noise of the traffic. Inside the room, canvases of all sizes adorn the walls, and

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Tales From Damascus

An Iraqi Communist in Syria, dedicated to a three-decade long routine BY Nour Samaha Sitting quietly by himself on a small table designed for four people in one of Damascus’ bustling coffee shops, Labed Buktash (Abu Halloub) drinks his cup of tea while reading a copy of his newspaper. While there is nothing out of

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Syrian-Kurdish YPG Fighters Reinforcing Syria’s Manbij: Security Sources

ANKARA, Aug 29 – Syrian-Kurdish YPG fighters appear to be reinforcing the Syrian city of Manbij, captured this month from Islamic State, with weapons and personnel, regional security sources told Reuters on Monday. Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG

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Brother of Syrian Boy Pictured in Aleppo Dies of His Wounds

BEIRUT, Aug 21 – The older brother of the Syrian boy whose image, dazed and bloodied after an air strike, shocked people around the world, has died in Aleppo from wounds sustained in the same incident, a war monitor and a witness said. Ali Daqneesh, 10, was wounded in Wednesday’s air strike, according to the

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Harrowing Video Shows Dazed, Bloodied Boy Pulled from Aleppo Rubble

Aug 18 – His face bloodied and completely covered in dust, the little boy sits quietly, staring ahead, dazed and shocked after an apparent air strike in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Alone in an ambulance, the boy – identified by doctors as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh – tries to wipe the blood off his head,

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U.N. Chief Warns of Unprecedented ‘Catastrophe’ in Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday of an unprecedented “humanitarian catastrophe” in Syria’s Aleppo and urged Russia and the United States to quickly reach a deal on a ceasefire in the city and elsewhere in the country. Fighting for control of Aleppo, split between its

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