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U.S.-Backed Force in Syria Poised to Enter Daesh-Held Manbij

BEIRUT, June 8 – A U.S.-backed alliance of fighters in Syria is ready to enter the Daesh-held city of Manbij at will but is being cautious due to the presence of civilians there, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has advanced to the outskirts of

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Syrian Rebels Break Daesh Siege in Northwest: Monitor

BEIRUT, June 8 – Daesh fighters withdrew from frontlines with Syrian rebel forces north of Aleppo on Wednesday as they mounted a counter attack against the jihadist group near the Turkish border, an opposition source and monitoring group said. The sudden withdrawal from villages around the rebel-held town of Marea points to the pressure Daesh is feeling

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U.N. Says Syria Blocking Food Aid; Seeks Airlift Approval

GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS, June 8 – The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya and has requested approval to airlift food into four locations if land routes are unavailable, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. Rebel-held Daraya got its first U.N. aid convoy since

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In Saddam’s Former Jail, Cash Aid Allays Grim Routine for Refugees

By Sebastien Malo AKRE, Iraq, June 6 – As Mohammed Said Amin witnessed the intensifying battle between government forces and rebel groups for control of his hometown of Damascus, he and his wife made a plan to escape. They left for Ras al-Ayn, a Syrian town bordering Turkey. But when it came under attack from

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Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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U.N. Agency Says Syria Kurds Block Civilians Fleeing Near Aleppo

BEIRUT, May 31 – Civilians fleeing a Daesh offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said. The civilians have been fleeing fighting between Syrian rebels and militant group Daesh that advanced

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Syrian Army and Allies Launch Attack South of Aleppo

BEIRUT, April 6 – The Syrian army and its allies launched a big attack overnight on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault in the area since a cessation of hostilities agreement came into effect in February. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organisation that tracks the war, said air

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Rebels Shoot Down Warplane South of Aleppo

AMMAN, April 5 – Islamist rebels shot down a warplane on Tuesday in an area south of the city of Aleppo where insurgents are battling the Syrian army and allied militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitor said a plume of smoke was seen as the plane caught fire before it fell

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Security Concerns Send Turkish Foreign Visitor Arrivals Tumbling

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 29 – The number of foreign visitors going to Turkey fell 10 percent in February, the biggest drop in a decade, amid security concerns for a country feeling the spillover effects from the war in Syria. Turkey has been hit by a spate a bomb attacks this

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