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Twin Taliban suicide attacks in Afghan capital kill 16

Sixteen people were killed Wednesday in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in Kabul, as the insurgents ramp up attacks even before the start of their annual spring offensive. Dozens of others were wounded as explosions and gunfire

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Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo: UN

War crimes were committed by all Syrian sides during the battle for Aleppo, which included chemical weapons attacks, civilian executions and forced displacements following the rebel defeat, a UN probe said Wednesday. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) for

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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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