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U.S. urges Russia to halt Syria sieges; Russia slams aid politicization

The United Nations Security Council must not allow civilians on both sides of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be cut off from humanitarian aid, the United States said on Monday as Russia accused Washington of politicizing a humanitarian issue. Insurgents effectively broke a month-long government siege of eastern, opposition-held …

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U.S. worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be ‘ruse’

The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a “ruse” it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington. The 250,000 civilians trapped for weeks inside the …

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Syria’s Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

Al Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. The announcement came as Russia and President Bashar al-Assad’s government declared a “humanitarian …

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Obama, despite dissent on Syria, not shifting toward strikes on Assad

The U.S. administration sought on Friday to contain fallout from a leaked internal memo critical of its Syria policy, but showed no sign it was willing to consider military strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces called for in the letter signed by dozens of American diplomats. Several U.S. officials …

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Russia strikes U.S.-backed rebels in Syria: U.S. official

Russia carried out air strikes on Thursday in southern Syria against rebels battling Islamic State, including forces backed by the United States, a senior U.S. defense official said, adding Washington would raise the matter with Moscow. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, strongly criticized the Russian strikes near …

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Islamic State faces major assaults on two fronts in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State insurgents faced major assaults on two fronts in both Iraq and Syria on Wednesday in what could prove to be some of the biggest operations to roll back their caliphate since they proclaimed it in 2014. In Syria, U.S.-backed militia with thousands of Arab and Kurdish fighters were …

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Major powers fail to agree new date for Syria peace talks

Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground. A pessimistic atmosphere pervaded the meeting in Vienna between countries that support …

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Aleppo fighting rages as U.S., Russia try to revive Syria truce

Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria’s military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting on Tuesday. A recent surge in bloodshed …

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Air strikes hit camp in Syria, U.S. condemns Assad statement

Air strikes on a camp housing Syrians uprooted by war killed at least 28 people near the Turkish border on Thursday, a monitoring group said, and fighting raged in parts of northern Syria despite a deal to cease hostilities in the city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights …

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U.N. envoy urges Obama, Putin to save Syria truce, peace process

The United Nations mediator on Thursday called on the leaders of the United States and the Russian Federation to salvage the “barely alive” two-month-old ceasefire in Syria and revitalize the damaged peace process. U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura voiced deep concern at the truce unraveling in Aleppo and at …

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