Syria war

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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Along Calmer Frontlines

Can Daraa be a model for the rest of Syria? By Nour Samaha   The recently asphalted main government highway from Damascus to Daraa City is lined with high sand berms to limit any incoming sniper fire. At several intersections, the road has been diverted by large mounds of dirt or cement blocks, blocking travelers from accessing

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Turkish Soldier Killed in Syria Clashes as Rebels Push to Al Bab

By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – A Turkish soldier was killed and five wounded in clashes with Daesh in northern Syria, the military said on Friday, as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the city of al-Bab from the radical jihadist group. The latest casualties bring the number of Turkish

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“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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The Kurdish Gun Fixer Taking Aim at Daesh

KORRE, Iraq, Nov 7 – In Iraqi Kurdistan he is simply known as Uasta – “the fixer”. For the past 30 years, Mohammed Fadil has been turning hardened steel salvaged from car suspensions into delicate firing pins and other weapon parts to repair the guns used by Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces against their many enemies. Now

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Obama Unlikely to See Assault on Daesh’s Syria Stronghold

By Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Nov 7 – A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Daesh’s de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group’s “caliphate” as part of his legacy. Although a

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