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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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Jets Pound Rebels After They Break Aleppo Siege

By Lisa Barrington and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 7 – Syrian insurgents who broke the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday in a significant territorial gain came under intense air attack from pro-government forces on Sunday trying to repel the advance which also cut government-held Aleppo’s main supply route. Rebels have taken most of

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Rebels Launch Major Assault to Try to Break Aleppo Siege

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 1 – Syrian rebel fighters have launched a major assault on government-held southwestern parts of Aleppo to try to reopen supply lines after the army and its allies tightened their siege of opposition-held parts of the city last week. The rebels are trying to break through the strip of government-controlled

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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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Syrian Rebel Group Say They Are Investigating Child Beheading Video

BEIRUT, July 20 – A Syrian rebel group which has received U.S. military backing said it is investigating the beheading of a young child in Aleppo after video footage circulated showing the boy being killed by a man activists identified as a member of the group. Images of a fighter cutting off the small boy’s

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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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Rebels Launch Attack in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT, July 11 – Rebels launched an attack inside Aleppo early on Monday, shelling Syrian government-held areas and clashing with government-allied forces in the center of the divided northwestern city, a monitoring group reported. Syrian warplanes bombarded rebel-held areas in the city and north of it, days after the government side effectively cut off a

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Syria Rebels Battle Daesh at Iraqi Border, Aim to Cut “Caliphate” In Two

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry AMMAN/BEIRUT, June 29 – Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists’ self-declared caliphate in two. The operation aiming to capture the eastern Syrian town of Al-Bukamal,

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CIA Weapons for Syrian Rebels Sold to Arms Black Market: NYT

June 26 – Weapons shipped into Jordan for Syrian rebels by the Central Intelligence Agency and Saudi Arabia were stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, the New York Times reported, citing American and Jordanian officials. Some of the stolen weapons were used in a shooting in November

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