Syria war

Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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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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Iran’s IRGC Says Many Iranians Have Volunteered to Fight in Syria

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, May 19- Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said on Wednesday many Iranians have volunteered to fight in Syria in support of President Bashar Al Assad’s war against “terrorism”, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Shiite-dominated Iran is Assad’s main regional ally and has provided military and economic support for his conflict

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Syrian Rebels Fear Assault on Besieged Daraya as Residents Starve

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometres (miles) from

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Syria War Could Spark Confrontation Between Powers: Think Tank

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI, May 4  – The chance of unintentional confrontation between foreign powers involved in Syria has risen as its five-year-old conflict turns into a proxy war influenced by increasingly engaged outside powers, a European think-tank said on Wednesday. Foreign countries are involved on both sides, with Russia and Iran deploying forces in

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Amnesty Says Turkey Illegally Sending Syrians Back to War Zone

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 1 – Turkey has illegally returned thousands of Syrians to their war-torn homeland in recent months, highlighting the dangers for migrants sent back from Europe under a deal due to come into effect next week, Amnesty International said on Friday. Turkey agreed with the EU this month

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Security Concerns Send Turkish Foreign Visitor Arrivals Tumbling

By Nevzat Devranoglu and Can Sezer ANKARA/ISTANBUL, March 29 – The number of foreign visitors going to Turkey fell 10 percent in February, the biggest drop in a decade, amid security concerns for a country feeling the spillover effects from the war in Syria. Turkey has been hit by a spate a bomb attacks this

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Dozens Killed in Air Strikes on Syria’s Raqqa: Monitor, Activists

BEIRUT, March 19 – Dozens of people were killed or wounded in a series of air strikes on the city of Raqqa in northern Syria on Saturday, Britain-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. It said the dead included women and children and more than 60 people were wounded. It did not

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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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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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