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Syria strikes kill 28 civilians – Surge in raids leads to hospital closures

BEIRUT, Sept 30, (AFP): At least 28 civilians were killed in air strikes on northwestern Syria where a planned safe zone has been overshadowed by a bombing campaign against jihadists, a monitor said Saturday. Four children were among the dead in the overnight strikes on the town of Armanaz, in …

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Raqqa retake seen within month – ‘Russia hits US-backed militia’

RAQQA, Syria, Sept 25, (Agencies): US-backed militias expect to push all Islamic State fighters out of their former Syrian headquarters of Raqqa in less than a month, a Kurdish commander told Reuters on Monday. Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militias have hemmed the jihadists into …

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Syria accused in gas attacks

GENEVA, Sept 6, (RTRS): Government forces have used chemical weapons more than two dozen times during Syria’s civil war, including in April’s deadly attack on Khan Sheikhoun, UN war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. A government warplane dropped sarin on the town in Idlib province, killing more than 80 civilians, …

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Syria forces near breaking IS siege

BEIRUT, Sept 4, (AFP): Syria’s army battled the Islamic State group on the edges of Deir Ezzor Monday, seeking to break the siege of a government enclave and oust the jihadists from a key stronghold. The jihadist group has already lost more than half of its nearby bastion of Raqa …

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Fate of Syria or of Assad?

SYRIAN opposition groups in the Diaspora are misrepresenting their ability to determine the fate of President Bashar Al-Assad. They have not been convinced that they lost the war after seven years as they could not accomplish the ultimate fantasy planted in the minds of Syrians. It rather led to their …

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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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