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Syrian Kurds Set to Announce Federal System in Northern Syria

BEIRUT, March 16 – Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria are expected to declare a federal system on Wednesday, a Syrian Kurdish official said, taking matters into their own hands after being excluded so far from political talks to resolve the Syrian war. The step that will combine three Kurdish-led autonomous areas of northern Syrian into

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Iran Sees Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria as “Positive Sign”

DUBAI, March 16 – Iran’s foreign minister has called Russia’s decision to withdraw its forces from Syria “a positive sign”, while a senior security official said the move was pre-planned and not a surprise to Tehran. President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced on Monday that most Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria after deploying in

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Lebanon: The Disappeared

When people go missing without a trace during civil wars, life stands still for their families By Mostapha Raad The mothers of those who disappeared during the Lebanese Civil War, which extended over 15 years from 1975 till 1990, have never stopped searching for their loved ones even after some 41 years have passed since

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Syrian Refugees in Iraq Lose Hope as Conflict Enters Sixth Year

By Sofia Barbarani KAWERGOSK, Iraq, March 15 – Women nudge their way through a throng of customers to buy freshly baked bread as children laden with books scurry to school. Down the road a man sits in a barber’s shop, waiting for a shave. Life appears to be almost normal in Kawergosk camp, home to

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Syrian Opposition Casts Doubt on U.N. Peace Talk Plan

By Lisa Barrington and John Davison BEIRUT, March 3 – Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned. The agreement drawn up by the

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Turkey Wants a Secure Strip on Syrian Side of Border – Deputy PM

ANKARA, Feb 17 – Turkey wants a secure strip of territory 10 km (6.2 miles) deep on the Syrian side of its border, including the town of Azaz, to prevent attempts to “change the demographic structure” of the area, Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said on Wednesday. Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes

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Turkey Seeks Allies’ Support for Ground Operation in Syria

By Humeyra Pamuk and Tulay Karadeniz ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Feb 16 – Turkey is asking allies including the United States to take part in a joint ground operation in Syria, as a Moscow-backed government advance nears its borders, raising the possibility of direct confrontation between the NATO member and Russia. A large-scale joint ground operation is still

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The Most Dangerous Job on Earth

Syria’s White Helmets live (and often die) by the motto ‘to save one life is to save humanity’ By Janine di Giovanni Photographs by Nicole Tung On a warm morning in December, a few dozen Syrians from Aleppo and Idlib— former students, teachers, vegetable sellers and farmers— gather in an abandoned firefighting training center near the Syrian-Turkish border.

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U.N. Envoy: Syria Talks May be Delayed

By John Miller and Stephanie Nebehay ZURICH/GENEVA, Jan 21 – Internationally brokered talks between Syria’s government and opposition groups due to start on Jan. 25 may be delayed, but major powers must keep up the pressure to bring participants to the table, the United Nations envoy said on Wednesday. A Syrian opposition council backed by

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