Syrian war

Syria’s Assad Says War Still Not Won But West’s Plots Foiled

AMMAN, Aug 20 – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not won Syria’s war and the fight was continuing to crush a six-year old insurgency. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after

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Syrian Government Dismisses Report on Sarin Attack

BEIRUT, July 1 – The Syrian government on Saturday dismissed a report by the international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack in northern Syria, saying it lacked “any credibility”. Western governments including the United States have said the Syrian government carried out the attack in

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Syria’s White Helmets Accuse Russia of Aleppo War Crimes in Letter

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 – Russian air strikes in the Aleppo, Syria, region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children, the Syrian White Helmets civil defense group told United Nations war crimes investigators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. The White Helmets, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Independent Doctors Association

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Syrian Opposition Figure Urges More Gulf Arab Support After Aleppo

RIYADH, Dec 15 – A senior Syrian opposition figure called on Thursday for an increase in Gulf Arab military support for armed rebels following the fall of the city of Aleppo to government forces this week. The loss of the rebels’ last urban stronghold this week has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to oust

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Putin and Erdogan Agree to Make Joint Effort to Evacuate East Aleppo

ANKARA, Dec 14 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday to make a joint effort to start the evacuation of civilians and opposition forces from eastern Aleppo as soon as possible, Turkish presidential sources said. Putin and Erdogan emphasised the need to prevent the violations

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Fall of Aleppo Puts Iran on Cusp of ‘Shiite Crescent’ of Influence

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Iran has played a pivotal role in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s campaign to crush rebel resistance in Aleppo and is now close to establishing a “Shi’ite crescent” of regional influence stretching from the Afghan border to the Mediterranean Sea. Revolutionary Guards commanders and senior clerics in Tehran have

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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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