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Syrian Government Advances into Rebel-Held East Aleppo

BEIRUT, Nov 26 – Syrian government and allied forces seized large parts of an important district in rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday but fierce fighting for control of the residential area continued, rebels, pro-government media and a monitor said. Government forces have advanced with a ground and air assault on the edge of the besieged

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Syrian Government Says Ready for Further Peace Talks: State Media

BEIRUT, July 24 – Syria’s government said on Sunday it was ready for further peace talks with the opposition and that it was intent on a political solution to the five-year conflict. “Syria … is ready to continue the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions … and without foreign interference, with the support of the United

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Syrian Army Reaches Main Road into Rebel-Held Aleppo: Rebels

BEIRUT/AMMAN, July 17 – Pro-Syrian government forces reached the only main road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo on Sunday, further tightening their control around opposition areas of the main northern city. “It’s completely cut,” Zakaria Malahifji of the Aleppo-based rebel group Fastaqim, told Reuters. A second source from an Aleppo-based rebel group, the Levant

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Kurdish Forces to Keep Territory Taken from Syrian Govt Forces Under Qamishli Truce

BEIRUT, April 24 – Regional Kurdish security forces will keep territory taken from pro-Syrian government forces during a three-day outbreak of violence in northeastern Syria, a truce document announced on Sunday showed, with both sides to release prisoners taken during the clashes. Fighting broke out between Kurdish Asayish forces and pro-Syrian government security forces on

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Syrian Army and Allies Launch Attack South of Aleppo

BEIRUT, April 6 – The Syrian army and its allies launched a big attack overnight on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault in the area since a cessation of hostilities agreement came into effect in February. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organisation that tracks the war, said air

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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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Syrian Forces Pursue Campaign Against Daesh After Retaking Palmyra

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, March 28 – Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Daesh insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants. The loss of Palmyra on Sunday amounts to one of the biggest setbacks

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Daesh Driven Out of Syria’s Ancient Palmyra City

By Dominic Evans BEIRUT, March 27 – Syrian government forces recaptured Palmyra on Sunday, state media and a monitoring group said, inflicting a significant defeat on the Daesh group which seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples. Syrian television quoted a military source saying the army and its militia allies took complete control

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Damascus Rejects Any Discussion of Presidency at Talks

BEIRUT, March 12 – The Syrian government said on Saturday it would not discuss presidential elections at peace talks or hold talks with any party wishing to discuss the question of the presidency, as it confirmed its participation in U.N.-led peace talks next week. “We will not talk to anyone who talks about the position of

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Main Syrian Opposition Heads to Geneva as Peace Talks Begin

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Stephanie Nebehay AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 – A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group flew to Geneva on Saturday to assess whether to join Damascus government officials in United Nations-brokered peace talks, an opposition representative said. The 17-strong team included the head of the Saudi-backed Higher Negotiation Committee (HNC), which includes political

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