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Syrian Rebels Seize Town, Cause Blow to Assad Regime

By Naline Malla and Sylvia Westall BEIRUT, Nov 5 (Reuters) Syrian insurgents captured a town on a major highway in the west of the country on Thursday and fought fierce battles with pro-government militias around it, rebels and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The town of Morek is located north of

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Is Russia Changing Its Stance on Syria’s Assad?

BY Jack Stubbs and Polina Devitt MOSCOW (Reuters) Russia does not see keeping Bashar Al Assad in power as a matter of principle, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday in comments that suggested a divergence of opinion with Iran, the Syrian president’s other main international backer. Fuelling speculation of Russian-Iranian differences over Assad,

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Daesh Takes Syrian Town as Fighting Looks Set to Intensify

BEIRUT (Reuters) Daesh fighters drove Syrian government forces from a town in the west of the country on Sunday, as fighting looked set to intensify despite a flurry of international diplomacy and talks between regional rivals. The jihadists’ advance came even as Russian warplanes and Syrian forces supported by them stepped up assaults against insurgents

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U.S.-backed Syrian Rebels Declare New Offensive Against Daesh

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters)  A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Saturday announced a fresh offensive against Daesh in the northeast province of Hasaka, a day after the United States said it would send special forces to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists. “Today … we announce the start of the liberation of the southern countryside of Hasaka province,”

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Syrian Opposition, Rebels Claim Not to Have Been Invited to Vienna Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday that will bring

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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Russian cargo in Syria: from grains to weapons

Reuters/Correspondent 10/22/2015 LONDON/MOSCOW– In the past few weeks Russia has increased its support for ally President Bashar al-Assad by sending more than 100 cargo vessels to the main Syrian ports of Latakia and Tartous, which has become the biggest buildup in shipping for over a year. According to maritime intelligence and international trade sources’ shipping

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