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Syrian Rebels Hand In Heavy Weapons in Besieged Damascus Town

BEIRUT, Nov 27 – Syrian rebels handed in their heavy weapons in a town southwest of Damascus, on Sunday, as part of a deal they have made with the government to get safe passage to insurgent-controlled areas, state-affiliated media said. Through a series of so-called “settlement” agreements and army offensives, the Syrian government, backed by

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“White Helmets” Say Aleppo Residents Ten Days from Starvation

By Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM, Nov 24 – The inhabitants of besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo have fewer than ten days to receive aid or face starvation and death from a lack of medical supplies, the head of the Syria Civil Defence, or “White Helmets”, said on Thursday. The volunteer group which works in opposition-held territory and

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For Syria Rebels, Trump Win Adds to Uncertain Fate

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN, Nov 20 – On the eve of Donald Trump’s election victory, members of a Western-backed Syrian rebel group met U.S. officials to ask about the outlook for arms shipments they have received to fight President Bashar al-Assad. They were told the programme would continue until the end of

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Syria Rebels Reject Aleppo Withdrawal after Russian Statement

BEIRUT, Oct 18  – Syrian rebels said on Tuesday they rejected any withdrawal of fighters from Aleppo after Russia announced a halt in air raids which it said was designed to allow insurgents to leave and to separate moderate fighters from extremist militants. “The factions completely reject any exit – this is surrender,” said Zakaria

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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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Syrian Army Warns Rebels and Families to Leave Eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT, Oct 6 – Syria’s army has said that anybody who remains in the city of Aleppo after offering those who wish to leave an opportunity to do so would face their “inevitable fate”. A statement issued late on Wednesday said the army had cut off insurgents’ supply lines into the northern city and that

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Turkish Military says 15 Rebels Killed in Clashes in Syria

ISTANBUL, Oct 3 – Clashes in northern Syria have killed 15 Turkey-backed rebels fighting Daesh in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish military, which launched a cross-border incursion in late August. The latest fighting marks an escalation since Turkish troops crossed the border into Syria on Aug. 24 to back opposition fighters battling Daesh.

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Syrian Rebel Advance in Hama as Army Pushes in Aleppo

BEIRUT, Sept 29 – Syrian insurgents made new advances to capture villages north of Hama on Thursday, rebels and a war monitor said, pressing a month-long offensive in an area of strategic importance to the government as it tries to seize insurgent-held Aleppo. The advance may distract from the offensive by the Syrian army and

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Fighting Further Buries Hopes for Syria Truce

By Tom Perry and John Davison BEIRUT, Sept 21 – Syrian rebels and pro-government forces battled each other on major frontlines near Aleppo and Hama, and air strikes reportedly killed a dozen people including four medical workers, as a ceasefire appeared to have completely unravelled. The renewed battles demonstrated the thin prospects for reviving a

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After Turkish Offensive, Syrian Town Starts Erasing Legacy of Daesh

By David Dolan JARABLUS, Syria, Aug 31  – The silhouette of a Daesh fighter on a rearing horse, a black flag in his hand and a sabre by his side, is among the disappearing traces of the jihadists’ grip on this Syrian border town a week after Turkish-backed rebels swept in. Murals scrawled on walls by

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