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Raqqa families make daring ‘escape’ from IS stronghold

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city RAQQA, Syria, Aug 21, (Agencies): As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. …

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US forces to ‘stay’ in Syria for decades: militia allies

Canberra says infamous Aussie IS fighter ‘likely’ dead AIN ISSA, Syria, Aug 17, (Agencies): Washington’s main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the US military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdishdominated region. The US-backed Syrian Democratic …

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More than 600,000 Syrians return home, mainly to Aleppo, says UN

Rebels leave Lebanese border area after truce deal GENEVA, Aug 14, (Agencies): More than 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year, with most of them heading to Aleppo, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration. Between January and the end of …

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Rosary in hand, Christians flee IS-held Raqqa

‘We tried to stay but we couldn’t take it anymore’ JAZRA, Syria, Aug 9, (AFP): Sawsan Karapetyan and her family lived in fear for years as some of the only Christians in the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqqa. On Tuesday she fled, clutching her rosary. Under the cover of …

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Syria army advances against IS, approaches Deir Ezzor: monitor

Saudi stance on Syria’s future firm, no place for Assad: Al-Jubeir BEIRUT, Aug 6, (Agencies): Syrian government troops advanced overnight against the Islamic State group in the country’s north and centre, drawing closer to the key battleground of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a …

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Hezbollah, Nusra swap corpses – 8,000 to leave Syria-Lebanon border zone as ceasefire deal advances

BEIRUT, July 30, (Agencies): Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and jihadist militants on Sunday started exchanging the bodies of fighters as part of a ceasefire deal for the restive Syria-Lebanon border. The truce, announced by the movement and confirmed by Lebanon’s General Security agency on Thursday, ended six days of a Hezbollah-led …

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Chechnya plays big in rebuilding of Syria – ‘Forced to contribute’

MOSCOW, July 19, (AP): Russia’s mostly Muslim republic of Chechnya is becoming a major player in rebuilding war-ravaged Syria. And ordinary Chechens are likely to foot the bill, with many of them being forced to make contributions or face the possibility of exile or death, human rights activists say. A …

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‘War in Syria kills over 330,000’ – Shells hit Russian embassy in Damascus

BEIRUT, July 16, (Agencies): More than 330,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it started six years ago, around a third of them civilians, a monitor said on Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 331,765 people across Syria …

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Solution to Syria starts in ‘Dera’a’

AMERICA and Russia have announced the start of a ceasefire in the southern part of Syria. Despite the absence of the Syrian role in the decision — whether the party supporting America or the one supporting Russia, it still signals the beginning of a transitional period which includes the refugees …

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Syrian refugee raped, murdered in Turkey

ANKARA, July 8, (AFP): A Syrian refugee in Turkey was raped and bludgeoned to death by rock-wielding attackers just days before she was due to give birth, and her 10-month-old baby strangled, in a brutal double murder that has sparked outrage. Turkish authorities have detained two men who reportedly confessed …

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