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Obama sends more Special Forces to Syria in fight against IS

President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington’s cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces soldiers increases U.S. forces in …

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Obama plans 250 more U.S. troops for Syria, boosting force to 300

President Barack Obama will announce on Monday he plans to send as many as 250 additional U.S. troops to Syria, a sharp increase in the American presence working with local Syrian forces fighting Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said. The deployment, which will increase U.S. forces in Syria to about …

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U.N. Syria envoy delays peace talks to ensure players are serious

The start of a new round of peace talks on the Syrian war has been pushed back by two days so that U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura can travel to Damascus and Tehran to sound out their position on a political transition, the envoy said on Thursday. De Mistura told …

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Exclusive: U.S. weighs ramping up deployment of special forces to Syria

The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, with direct knowledge of the proposal’s details, declined to disclose the exact increase under …

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Syria’s Assad says military gains will speed up political deal

Syrian army successes will help accelerate a political settlement to the country’s civil war, President Bashar al-Assad said, because they weaken the position of international opponents who he accused of hindering any agreement. In an interview published as government forces, backed by heavy Russian air power, maintained an offensive against …

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Syria peace talks grind toward pivotal Assad question

Syrian government negotiators at Geneva peace talks are coming under unaccustomed pressure to discuss something far outside their comfort zone: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. And they are doing their best to avoid it. U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura describes Syria’s political transition as “the mother of all issues” …

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Russia says to complete withdrawing most of Syria force in two-three days

Russia will complete the withdrawal of most of its military contingent in Syria in two to three days, Russian Air Force Commander Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily published on Thursday. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe) (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2016. Click …

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Russia flies out almost half Syria strike force: Reuters analysis

Just under half of Russia’s fixed-wing strike force based in Syria has flown out of the country in the past two days, according to a Reuters calculation which suggests the Kremlin is accelerating its partial withdrawal. President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the bulk of the Russian military contingent in …

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Kurdish moves on federalism cloud Syria peace drive

Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria were expected to imminently declare a federal system, a move likely to further complicate peace talks in Geneva on ending more than five years of war. Russia pulled more warplanes out of Syria, a new delivery of humanitarian aid reached northern Aleppo province and U.N. …

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