syrian conflict

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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Fierce Air Strikes on Aleppo After Syrian Army Declares Offensive

By Ellen Francis and Tom Perry BEIRUT, Sept 23 – Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. Residents said the streets were deserted as

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U.N. Chief Warns of Unprecedented ‘Catastrophe’ in Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Aug 16 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday of an unprecedented “humanitarian catastrophe” in Syria’s Aleppo and urged Russia and the United States to quickly reach a deal on a ceasefire in the city and elsewhere in the country. Fighting for control of Aleppo, split between its

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Fighting in Aleppo Persists Despite Russia Ceasefire Announcement: Rebels

BEIRUT, Aug 11 – Fighting persisted in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday more than an hour into a three-hour ceasefire announced by Russia, two rebel groups and a witness in the city said, as government forces tried to reverse last week’s opposition gains. Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government,

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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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Life Under Daesh: It Was Hell

Iraqis who lived under Daesh’s rule recall the horrors they had to endure By Mohammed A. Salih It was a Friday noon in late June as Abu Mohammed, 40, and a couple of his friends headed toward the local mosque in the nearby town of Haji Ali in the southern tip of Nineveh province, a governorate

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Kerry Presses On with Russian Talks on Syria Despite Aleppo Setbacks

By Lesley Wroughton, Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 6 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks

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U.N. Urges U.S.-Russia Deal on Syria, Cautious on Russian Aleppo Plan

GENEVA, July 28 – U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia and the United States on Thursday to work together in reducing the fighting in Syria, saying that failure of their cooperation plan would have a very negative impact on planned peace talks. U.S. and Russian military officials were coming to Geneva to

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