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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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Air strikes killed 22 children on Syrian school: UNICEF

UNITED NATIONS: Air strikes that hit a school in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed 22 children and six teachers, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said Wednesday. “This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime,” said UNICEF director …

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Two rounds of Syria talks set for weekend

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Despite repeated setbacks on the path to peace in war-wracked Syria, world and regional powers will give diplomacy another chance in weekend talks in Europe, organized by the US and Russia, to try to secure a ceasefire that sticks. Washington and Moscow, …

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‘We are in hell’: young girl’s plea to world

As world leaders continued to debate the future of Syria, and war planes continue to bomb the war-torn country, a young girl has taken to social media with pleas to the world about the horrors she faces in Aleppo. Seven-year-old Bana Alabed – who has …

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US, Russia fail to reach Syria deal

HANGZHOU (AFP) – Top diplomats from the United States and Russia on Monday failed to reach a deal to ease fighting in Syria, US officials said, after government troops encircled rebel-held parts of Aleppo. A senior State Department official said a fresh round of crisis …

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