Syria war

U.N. Syria Envoy Says Rebel City Idlib Risks Aleppo Fate If No Peace Talks

PARIS – U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned on Thursday that without a ceasefire or political agreement the rebel-stronghold of Idlib risked becoming a new Aleppo after the evacuation of thousands from the besieged city started. The operation to evacuate civilians and fighters from Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal

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Syrian Opposition Figure Urges More Gulf Arab Support After Aleppo

RIYADH, Dec 15 – A senior Syrian opposition figure called on Thursday for an increase in Gulf Arab military support for armed rebels following the fall of the city of Aleppo to government forces this week. The loss of the rebels’ last urban stronghold this week has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to oust

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Aleppo Rebel Evacuation Takes Place After Ceasefire Deal

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 15 – An operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar

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Putin and Erdogan Agree to Make Joint Effort to Evacuate East Aleppo

ANKARA, Dec 14 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday to make a joint effort to start the evacuation of civilians and opposition forces from eastern Aleppo as soon as possible, Turkish presidential sources said. Putin and Erdogan emphasised the need to prevent the violations

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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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Aleppo Hit by Air Strikes and Shelling as Evacuation Stalls

By Laila Bassam, Tom Perry and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat on Wednesday as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the city in a bombardment the United Nations said “most likely constitutes war crimes”. Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s

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Syrian General Says Aleppo Offensive in Final Stages

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 13 – The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone

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Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District Under Intense Bombardment

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT, Dec 12- The Syrian army and its allies made sweeping advances in Aleppo overnight, subjecting rebels in the city to the heaviest bombardment in days and pushing them to the brink of collapse, state media and a monitoring group said on Monday. Pro-government forces took Sheikh Saeed

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After Aleppo, Syria’s Assad Still Far From Regaining His State

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Dec 11 – When President Bashar Al Assad turns from the wreckage of Aleppo to assert his authority across a fractured Syria, it will be as a figure who is virtually unassailable by rebels, but still faces great challenges in restoring the power of his state. The expected fall of Aleppo

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Russia Says Over 8,000 Have Fled Rebel-Held Aleppo in Last 24 Hours

MOSCOW, Dec 9- The Russian military said on Friday it had helped more than 8,000 Syrian citizens flee parts of eastern Aleppo still controlled by rebels in the last 24 hours, including almost 3,000 children. The Russian military said in a statement that 14 rebels had also surrendered to Syrian government forces, laying down their

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