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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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Syrian Rebels Make Gains in Northern Hama Province, Capture Strategic Town

AMMAN, Aug 30 – Syrian rebels have captured a strategic town in northern Hama province in a major offensive that threatens government loyalist towns populated by minority Christians and Alawites north of the provincial capital, rebels and a monitor said on Tuesday. The town of Halfaya was stormed on Monday after the hardline jihadist Jund

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Syrian-Kurdish YPG Fighters Reinforcing Syria’s Manbij: Security Sources

ANKARA, Aug 29 – Syrian-Kurdish YPG fighters appear to be reinforcing the Syrian city of Manbij, captured this month from Islamic State, with weapons and personnel, regional security sources told Reuters on Monday. Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, which includes the Kurdish YPG

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Russia Bombs Syrian Militants From Iran Base for First Time

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Aug 16 – Russian bombers based in Iran on Tuesday struck militant targets inside Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said, after Moscow deployed Russian aircraft to an Iranian air force base to widen its campaign in Syria. The ministry said the strikes, by Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers, were

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Russia’s Lavrov says Syrian Militants Using Ceasefires to Regroup

MOSCOW, Aug 15 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Syrian rebels had used temporary ceasefires in and around Aleppo to regroup and rearm. Lavrov, speaking at a news conference in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said he realised that brief daily ceasefires in place now

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