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US under pressure on Syria ahead of Geneva talks

BONN -AFP/UNS : US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday faced a grilling by global peers seeking clarity on Washington’s position on the Syria conflict ahead of UN peace talks in Geneva. On the sidelines of a G20 gathering in Germany, Tillerson joined a …

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree ‘mechanism’ to ensure Syria truce

Russia, Iran and Turkey, the sponsors of peace talks between Syrian rebels and Damascus, agreed Tuesday to establish a joint “mechanism” to monitor the frail truce in the war-torn country. The sides will “establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the …

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Russia ‘starts to reduce forces’ from Syria

MOSCOW -UNS – Russia is starting to withdraw forces from Syria and its aircraft carrier group will be the first to leave, the Russian armed forces chief says. The announcement comes days after Russia and Turkey negotiated a ceasefire in Syria which is largely holding, …

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Aleppo retaken after evacuation: Syrian Army

ALEPPO  – The army said Thursday it has retaken full control of Syria s devastated second city Aleppo, scoring its biggest victory against opposition forces since the civil war erupted in 2011. The announcement came after a landmark evacuation deal that put an end to …

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14 Turkish soldiers killed: Battle for Syria’s al-Bab intensifies

ANKARA: Clashes between Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Islamic State militants intensified around the northern Syrian town of al-Bab on Wednesday, killing 14 Turkish soldiers and 138 jihadists, the army said. The fighting, in which 33 Turkish soldiers were also wounded, is some of the deadliest …

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Frustrated Western powers call for talks to end Syrian war

Western powers called Saturday for talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition in a bid to end a war that has cost more than 300,000 lives but desperation hung over a meeting in Paris. With Bashar al-Assad’s forces pursuing an onslaught on rebel-held areas …

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UN fears Aleppo may become ‘giant graveyard’

 The UN’s aid chief warned Wednesday that Alepporisked becoming a “giant graveyard” after more than 50,000 people were reported to have fled intense fighting between government and rebel forces. As the Security Council held emergency talks on the fighting in New York, Syria’s opposition urged …

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Over 1,000 militants from Iran killed in Syria: official

DAMASCUS: More than 1,000 combatants sent from Iran to fight in support of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria have been killed in the conflict, the head of Iran’s veterans’ affairs office said Tuesday. “The number of martyrs from our country defending the shrines has now …

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Syria war: Aleppo self-rule plan rejected by government

A UN proposal to end heavy fighting in the city of Aleppo has been rejected by the Syrian government. Under the plan, rebel-held eastern Aleppo would remain under opposition control if rebel fighters withdrew. Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who met the UN envoy to Syria …

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Rebel rockets kill 38 civilians in Aleppo: monitor

ALEPPO, Syria – Syria’s regime and rebels were locked in fierce clashes Sunday on the western edges of Aleppo, where 38 civilians have been killed in two days of opposition rocket fire, a monitor said. Among those killed over the two-day period were 14 children, …

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