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Syria regime shelling ‘bloody message” before talks: opposition

The leading Syrian opposition body on Sunday lambasted escalating attacks by government forces as a “bloody message” aimed at sabotaging peace talks that are due to open in Geneva next week. The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said recent attacks near

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Assad linked to Syrian chemical attacks for first time

International investigators have said for the first time that they suspect President Bashar al-Assad and his brother are responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, according to a document seen by Reuters. A joint inquiry for

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Islamic State kills 24 in Baghdad blast, cuts road to Mosul

An Islamic State car bomb killed 24 people in a busy square in Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district on Monday, and the militants cut a key road north from the capital to Mosul, their last major stronghold in the country.

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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

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Kremlin says Putin and Erdogan discuss Syria by phone

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syria crisis in a phone conversation on Sunday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is visiting Russia now, also took part in the call,

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4,000 rebels leave Aleppo in ‘last stages’ of evacuation

More than 4,000 fighters left rebel-held areas of Aleppo, the Red Cross said Thursday, in the “last stages” of an evacuation clearing the way for Syria’s army to retake the city. A week into the rebel withdrawal from the east

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U.N. envoy says Idlib could become the next Aleppo

A senior United Nations official warned on Thursday that thousands of people evacuated from rebel-held areas of Aleppo after a crushing government offensive could suffer the same fate in their new place of refuge outside the city. U.N. Special Envoy

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Hezbollah using U.S. weaponry in Syria: senior Israeli military officer

Israel has informed the United States that Lebanese Hezbollah fighters in Syria are using U.S. armored personnel carriers originally supplied to the Lebanese Army, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. The U.S. State Department said last month that

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Aleppo battle: Rebels burn Syria evacuation buses

Several buses en route to transport the sick and injured from two government-held villages in Syria’s Idlib province have been burned by rebels. It has thrown the latest efforts to evacuate besieged areas into doubt. Pro-government forces say people must

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Putin and Erdogan push for Syria talks without U.S. or U.N.

President Vladimir Putin said he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan are working to organize a new series of Syrian peace talks without the involvement of the United States or the United Nations. In a snub to Washington, Putin made

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