syrian civil 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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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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Humanitarian Evacuations Under Way from Besieged Syrian Towns

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, April 20 – The humanitarian evacuation of 250 people from two Syrian towns besieged by pro-government forces and another 250 from two towns blocked off by rebels began on Wednesday, coordinated by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The towns blockaded by pro-government forces are Zabadani and Madaya, near the Lebanese border.

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Rebels Seize Syria Town from Fighters Loyal to Daesh

BEIRUT, April 9 – Rebels seized a town in southern Syria from groups loyal to Daesh just a day after fighters captured another town from the hardline militants in a separate insurgent assault in the north, a rebel source and a monitoring group said. The rebels had by late on Friday taken control of Tasil

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Rebels Shoot Down Warplane South of Aleppo

AMMAN, April 5 – Islamist rebels shot down a warplane on Tuesday in an area south of the city of Aleppo where insurgents are battling the Syrian army and allied militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The monitor said a plume of smoke was seen as the plane caught fire before it fell

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Migrants Sent Back from Greece Arrive in Turkey Under EU Deal

By Dasha Afanasieva and Karolina Tagaris DIKILI, Turkey/LESBOS, Greece, April 4 – Migrants sent back from the Greek island of Lesbos began arriving in Turkey on Monday under a European Union deal aimed at stopping the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe since last year. The first of two Turkish-flagged passenger boats carrying 131

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Syria War Parties to Agree on U.N. Basic Principles Paper: Diplomats

By John Irish and Suleiman Al-Khalidi GENEVA, March 24 – Syrian government and opposition parties at peace talks in Geneva are expected to agree on Thursday to a document drawn up by a U.N. special envoy outlining basic principles in what one diplomat described as a “baby step” forward. With a fragile ceasefire in place

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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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Israel to Russia: Don’t Let Syria Pullout Boost Iran, Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, March 16 – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will ask Russia on Wednesday to ensure that its partial pullout from Syria does not embolden Iranian and Hezbollah forces there, an Israeli official said. Rivlin is in Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose withdrawal announcement on Monday blindsided world powers. Israel believes the Russian

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War in Syria Creates Child Refugees and Child Soldiers: Report

By John Davison BEIRUT, March 14 – Syria’s five-year-old conflict has created 2.4 million child refugees, killed many and led to the recruitment of children as fighters, some as young as seven, U.N. children’s fund UNICEF said on Monday. Its report “No Place for Children” said more than 8 million children in Syria and neighbouring

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