Syria war

Fighters, Refugees, Leave Lebanon Enclave for Syria

BEIRUT, Aug 14 – A group of Syrian rebels and refugees began to leave a border enclave in Lebanon for Syrian territory on Monday under a deal worked out with Lebanese and Syrian authorities, a TV station affiliated to Hezbollah said. The departure of rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham will leave a

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Syrian Army Takes Last Daesh-Held Town in Homs

BEIRUT, Aug 6 – Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from Daesh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as the army advances toward militant strongholds in the east of the country. The town of al-Sukhna lies some 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the

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Refugees from Lebanon Camps Arrive at Edge of Syrian Rebel Zone

BEIRUT, Aug 3 – Buses carrying Syrians who left Lebanon after a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Nusra militants on Thursday started crossing into the rebel-held zone where they will settle, a Hezbollah military media unit reported. About 7,000 Syrians, including Nusra militants and refugees, left the Arsal district on the border between Lebanon and Syria

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Almost Certainly Alive: Kurdish Security Official

Sulaimania, IRAQ, July 17 – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed. “Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that

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At Srebrenica, Iraq’s Yazidis Demand Genocide Recognition

By Maja Zuvela SREBRENICA, Bosnia, July 11 – Four Yazidis from Iraq joined thousands of Bosnian Muslims at a commemoration on Tuesday of the 8,000 men and boys killed in 1995 at Srebrenica and called for atrocities committed against their sect by Islamic State to be recognised as genocide. The Srebrenica massacre by Bosnian Serb

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Daesh Leader Baghdadi Reportedly Killed in Syria

By Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis CAIRO/BEIRUT, July 11 (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report came just days after the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces

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U.S. Threatens Syria, Says Assad is Planning Chemical Weapons Attack

WASHINGTON, June 27 – The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday

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Syrians Fear New Raqqa Turmoil Once Daesh is Defeated

By Michael Georgy RAQQA, Syria, June 21 – U.S.-backed forces are closing in on Daesh in Raqqa, but local Syrians who have escaped the battlefield are worried about what comes after the fight. Dozens of them have volunteered to help rebuild the town once the militants have been defeated. The aim of organisation they have

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