syria crisis

Aid Convoy Reaches Besieged Al Waer in Syria’s Homs: U.N.

By Tom Miles and Lisa Barrington GENEVA, June 17 – An aid convoy carrying food, medicines and other emergency supplies for 37,500 people has reached al Waer, a besieged suburb of the Syrian city of Homs, a U.N. aid agency said on Friday. “The convoy to al Waer was completed late last night and the

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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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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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Syria War Parties to Agree on U.N. Basic Principles Paper: Diplomats

By John Irish and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA, March 24 – Syrian government and opposition parties at peace talks in Geneva are expected to agree on Thursday to a document drawn up by a U.N. special envoy outlining basic principles in what one diplomat described as a “baby step” forward. With a fragile ceasefire in place

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Two Women Stage Gun, Grenade Attack on Police Station in Istanbul

By Murad Sezer and Osman Orsal ISTANBUL, March 3 – Two female militants were killed by police when they fired shots and threw a grenade at a Turkish police bus in Istanbul on Thursday, local media and the Istanbul governor said. Two police officers were lightly wounded in the attack, Governor Vasip Sahin told reporters

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Syrian Opposition Figure Says Jan. 25 Talks Not Realistic

BEIRUT, Jan 14 – A prominent Syrian opposition politician said on Thursday he thought it unrealistic that peace talks will begin on Jan. 25 in Geneva as planned unless sieges are lifted and humanitarian aid for civilians allowed in. A U.N envoy had earlier said the talks were still on schedule. “I personally do not

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