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Syrian Rebels Launch Aleppo Counter-Attack to Break Siege

By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Oct 28 – Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels

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You Can’t Please Everyone

The U.N. humanitarian mission in Syria is constantly scrutinized by the rebels and the regime. By Nour Samaha It is considered one of the most controversial United Nations’ missions in recent history, and over the last year it has come under the fire and scrutiny of opposition supporters, who claim it is no longer acting impartially, and is under the influence

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam

Former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam discusses the Syrian crisis, Iran’s meddling and the U.S.-Russia face off. BY: Leila Hatoum “I cannot imagine how the war in Syria will end…I believe that the U.S. administration, perhaps, is no longer capable of fixing the situation [there],” says Abdul Halim Khaddam, Syria’s former vice president, from his Parisian

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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 Opposition Calls for Suspension of U.S.-Led Air Strikes

BEIRUT, July 21 – The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Daesh in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians

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U.N. Says Syria Blocking Food Aid; Seeks Airlift Approval

GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS, June 8 – The United Nations is still waiting for Syrian government agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged town of Daraya and has requested approval to airlift food into four locations if land routes are unavailable, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. Rebel-held Daraya got its first U.N. aid convoy since

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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 Opposition Negotiator Quits After Peace Talks’ Failure

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN, May 29 – The chief peace negotiator of Syria’s mainstream opposition said on Sunday he was resigning over the failure of the U.N.- backed Geneva peace talks to bring a political settlement and to ease the plight of Syrians living in besieged rebel-held areas. Mohammed Alloush, who is also the representative

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Assad Says He Can Form New Syria Government With Opposition

By Jack Stubbs and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, March 31 – President Bashar Al Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, bolstered by military victory in the desert city of Palmyra,

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Syria Opposition Official Signals Will Go To Geneva Talks

BEIRUT, March 7 – A member of the main Syrian opposition council indicated on Monday it will go to talks that the United Nations aims to convene in Geneva, though another opposition official said they had yet to make a decision. “Our inclination is to go,” Riad Nassan Agha, a member of the High Negotiations

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