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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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Staying Alive: WhatsApp Finds New Uses in Conflict Zones

By Inna Lazareva YAOUNDE, Aug 3 – These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided – even if you’re injured. “Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital,” said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaziantep,

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Grandmas, Grandpas from Travel Ban States Now Welcome

By Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, July 17 – Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The memo, or cable, from U.S. Secretary of

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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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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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Syrian Government Dismisses Report on Sarin Attack

BEIRUT, July 1 – The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked “any credibility”. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in

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