Blasts Kill More Than 100 in Syrian Government Stronghold Says Monitor

BEIRUT, May 23  – Bomb blasts killed more than 100 people in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous on Monday, monitors said, in a government-controlled area that hosts Russian forces. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Mediterranean cites that have up to now escaped the worst of the conflict, saying it

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Russian Warplanes Leave Syria, Raising U.N. Hopes For Peace Talks

By Dmitry Solovyov and Tom Miles MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 15  – Russian warplanes began leaving Syria on Tuesday as Moscow started to draw down forces that have tipped the war President Bashar Al Assad’s way, and the U.N. envoy said he hoped the move would have a positive impact on peace talks under way in Geneva.

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