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Scores reported killed in gas attack on Syrian rebel area

A suspected Syrian government chemical attack killed scores of people, including children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, a monitoring group, medics and rescue workers in the rebel-held area said. The U.S. government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack, a U.S. government source said, …

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Syrian army announces recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said on Thursday it had recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State for the second time in a year, with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes. Islamic State seized Palmyra in a surprise advance in December, after having been driven out eight months before. …

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Russia calls U.S. move to better arm Syrian rebels a ‘hostile act’

Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria. Moscow last year launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to help President …

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Syrian general says Aleppo offensive in final stages

The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defenses collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. A Reuters journalist in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas …

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Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels: opposition official

A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signaling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat. Buoyed by its rapid capture of several whole neighborhoods, the government …

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U.S.-backed Syrian alliance declares attack on Islamic State in Raqqa

A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian armed groups has launched an operation to retake the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State in Syria, the group said on Sunday. The new offensive ratchets up pressure on Islamic State at a critical moment, with its fighters already battling …

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Russian, Syrian missiles pound Aleppo, destroy hospital: rebels and aid workers

Russian warplanes and their Syrian government allies battered rebel-held areas in and around Aleppo on Saturday, and rebels and aid workers accused them of destroying one of the city’s main hospitals and killing at least two patients. M10, the city’s main trauma hospital, in eastern Aleppo, was struck as the …

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Syrian forces besiege rebel-held Aleppo as Turkish-backed fighters drive Islamic State from border

Syrian government forces and their allies again laid siege to rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, while Turkish-backed fighters drove Islamic State from all the areas along its border, in two significant but separate developments in the multi-sided conflict. The fighting – two potential turning points in the conflict if the …

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Turkey wants to ‘cleanse’ strip of territory on Syrian border

Turkey wants to clear Islamic State from a 90-km (56-mile) stretch of territory on the Syrian side of its border, an official said on Wednesday, a week after it launched an incursion that has strained ties with the United States. Operation “Euphrates Shield”, in which Turkish troops and tanks entered …

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Syrian man carrying bomb dies in Germany; 12 wounded

A 27-year-old Syrian man denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday when he set off a bomb outside a crowded music festival in Bavaria, the fourth violent attack in Germany in less than a week, a senior Bavarian state official said. Police said 12 people were wounded, …

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