Syrian war

U.N. Warns Manbij Battle Could Uproot More Than 200,000 Syrians

GENEVA, June 6 – A U.S.-backed offensive to retake the Daesh-held northern Syrian city of Manbij has displaced some 20,000 civilians and could uproot about 216,000 more if it continues, a U.N. humanitarian agency said on Monday. Syrian fighters have surrounded Manbij from three sides as they press the onslaught against the jihadists near the

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Syrian Opposition Wants Clarity Over Attacks by U.S.-Backed Force

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 2 – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have attacked armed groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad and sometimes appear to have interests aligned with the Syrian government, a Syrian opposition negotiator said on Wednesday. Basma Kodmani, a member of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition group at U.N.-mediated

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U.N. Agency Says Syria Kurds Block Civilians Fleeing Near Aleppo

BEIRUT, May 31 – Civilians fleeing a Daesh offensive in northwestern Syria have been prevented by Syrian Kurdish authorities from entering areas under their control in response to rebel shelling of a Kurdish-held area of Aleppo, the United Nations said. The civilians have been fleeing fighting between Syrian rebels and militant group Daesh that advanced

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Syrian Rebels Fear Assault on Besieged Daraya as Residents Starve

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometres (miles) from

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Rebels Seize Village Near Aleppo, 73 Killed: Monitor

BEIRUT, May 6 – Rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo overnight, a monitoring group and rebel sources said on Friday, gaining important ground near the Syrian city where the United States and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 73 people had been killed in

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Syrian Food Crisis Deepens as War Chokes Farming

By Maha El Dahan ABU DHABI/HASAKA, Syria, April 26 – Syria’s war has destroyed agricultural infrastructure and fractured the state system that provides farmers with seeds and buys their crops, deepening a humanitarian crisis in a country struggling to produce enough grain to feed its people. The country’s shortage of its main staple wheat is

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Germany Seeking “Safe Zones” in Syria To Shelter Refugees

By Ercan Gurses and Andreas Rinke GAZIANTEP, Turkey, April 24 – Germany is seeking the creation of “safe zones” to shelter refugees in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, an idea Turkey has long championed in the face of U.N. caution. Keeping refugees on the Syrian side of the border would help Brussels and Ankara, which hosts 2.7

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Humanitarian Evacuations Under Way from Besieged Syrian Towns

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, April 20 – The humanitarian evacuation of 250 people from two Syrian towns besieged by pro-government forces and another 250 from two towns blocked off by rebels began on Wednesday, coordinated by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The towns blockaded by pro-government forces are Zabadani and Madaya, near the Lebanese border.

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Rebels Seize Syria Town from Fighters Loyal to Daesh

BEIRUT, April 9 – Rebels seized a town in southern Syria from groups loyal to Daesh just a day after fighters captured another town from the hardline militants in a separate insurgent assault in the north, a rebel source and a monitoring group said. The rebels had by late on Friday taken control of Tasil

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Syrian Army and Allies Launch Attack South of Aleppo

BEIRUT, April 6 – The Syrian army and its allies launched a big attack overnight on insurgents south of Aleppo, described as the fiercest government assault in the area since a cessation of hostilities agreement came into effect in February. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based organisation that tracks the war, said air

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