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Along Calmer Frontlines

Can Daraa be a model for the rest of Syria? By Nour Samaha   The recently asphalted main government highway from Damascus to Daraa City is lined with high sand berms to limit any incoming sniper fire. At several intersections, the road has been diverted by large mounds of dirt or cement blocks, blocking travelers from accessing

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Syrian Opposition to Reveal Transition Plan Next Week

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Sept 1  – Syria’s opposition plans to unveil its plans for a political transition to help end the country’s five-year war at a meeting of ministers in London next week, a delegate said. In emailed comments to Reuters, Hind Kabawat, a member of Syria’s main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee,

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Slow EU Aid Puts Syrian Children’s Lives on Hold in Turkey

ANKARA, Aug 24 – Their faces so burned by a rocket blast they cannot fully close their eyes, 13-year-old Gheis Mekansi and his sister Limar, both Syrian refugees, wait in limbo in Turkey for surgery they need to return to life and school. A year and a half after they were caught in the attack

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Kurdish Militia Launches Assault to Evict Syrian Army from Key City of Hasaka

By Rodi Said HASAKA, Syria, Aug 22 – The Kurdish YPG militia launched a major assault on Monday to seize the last government-controlled parts of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka after calling on pro-government militias to surrender, Kurdish forces and residents said. They said Kurdish forces began the offensive after midnight to take the

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Israeli Military Says They Attacked Two Syrian Army Targets

JERUSALEM, July 4 (Reuters) – Israel attacked Syrian army targets after errant fire from fighting in Syria’s civil war struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the military said on Monday. A spokeswoman said two targets belonging to the Syrian military were hit overnight after the fire damaged Israel’s security fence on the Golan, territory captured from

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Syrian and Russian War Jets Step Up Bombing of Aleppo City: Monitor

AMMAN, June 5 – Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Syria’s Aleppo city on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, residents and a monitor said. Rebels also hit government-held parts of the city in what Syrian media said was an escalation in mortar attacks

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German “Godfathers” Reunite Syrian Families

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, May 12 – Three days after an emotional reunion with his younger son in Berlin, a 71-year-old Syrian handed a bar of olive oil and laurel soap, a hand-made wall hanging and a box of pistachio sweets to a 56-year-old German he had never met before. The gifts were from Aleppo,

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U.N. Parachutes Food into Syrian City Besieged by Daesh

GENEVA, April 11 – The United Nations said it parachuted food supplies to thousands of people besieged by Daesh militants in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, in a bid to ease more than two years of blockades and shortages. Many in the eastern city had been reduced to eating grass and wild vegetation,

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Visits to Berlin’s Islamic Museum Restore Pride in Syrian Refugees

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, March 31 – Arabic-language guide Razan Nassreddine says Syrian refugees visiting Berlin’s Museum of Islamic Art often ask her how and when the artefacts clearly marked as stemming from their war-torn country ended up in the German capital. Others jokingly wonder if the shrapnel holes on centuries-old palatial facades and gates

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