Syrian war

Death Toll Among Iran’s Forces in Syrian War Passes 1,000

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Nov 22  – More than 1,000 soldiers deployed by Iran to Syria to back the government side in its civil war have been killed, an Iranian official said, underlining Tehran’s increasing presence on front lines of the conflict. It was a major increase in the reported death toll from just four

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U.S.’s Kerry Discussed Renewed Bombing in Aleppo with Russia

LIMA, Nov 17 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he discussed Ukraine and “all aspects” of Aleppo including renewed bombing in the Syrian city this week in a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Speaking to reporters after their one-on-one talk during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, Lavrov

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U.N. Set to Extend Inquiry into Syria Toxic Gas Attacks: Diplomats

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 – The U.N. Security Council was set to approve on Thursday a one-year extension of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, paving the way for a showdown over how to punish those responsible. Russia has said it wants the

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Russia vetoes U.N. demand for end to bombing of Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 9 – Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria‘s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French

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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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Qatar Sees Foreign Intervention “Changing Equation” of Syria War

SINGAPORE, Oct 5 – Outside powers need to act fast to protect Syrians because foreign military backing for the government is “changing the equation” of the war, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. For 14 days, a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive has been underway to capture eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of

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U.N. to Discuss Urging End to All Military Flights Over Syria’s Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 – The United Nations Security Council will begin negotiations on Monday on a draft resolution that urges Russia and the United States to ensure an immediate truce in Syria’s Aleppo and to “put an end to all military flights over the city.” The draft text, seen by Reuters, also

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EU Proposes New Aleppo Aid Plan, Seeks Safety Guarantees

BEIRUT, Oct 3 – The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict. The plan aims to deliver medical, water and food aid from EU stocks in

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