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US backed forces advance against Islamic State in Syria

Sunday 19 June 2016 07:10

US backed Syrian forces edged closer to an Islamic State stronghold on the border with Turkey while Russia's defence minister visited Bashar al-Assad to discuss military operations.

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Dozens of US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

Friday 17 June 2016 05:42

US diplomats have signed a memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-fire.

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Syrian and Russian war jets step up bombing of Aleppo city

Sunday 5 June 2016 15:03

Nearly 40 strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around Syria's Aleppo city on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government war-planes, residents and a monitor said.

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The Observatory said the air strikes targeted a number of positions in the city, one of them next to a hospital. Seven children were among the dead.
Death toll from Russian air strikes climbs in Idlib

Tuesday 31 May 2016 19:38

At least 23 people were killed in Russian air strikes overnight in the Syrian rebel-held city of Idlib, the heaviest bombardment there since a cessation of hostilities.

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UN begins round of Syria peace talks in Geneva

Wednesday 13 April 2016 21:21

The latest round of talks aimed at ending the war in Syria has started in Geneva.

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Syrians vote for parliament as diplomacy struggles

Wednesday 13 April 2016 15:23

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad.

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Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

Wednesday 30 March 2016 19:29

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said it would not be difficult to agree a new Syrian government including opposition figures.

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Kremlin condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonising Russia

Thursday 17 March 2016 14:11

The Kremlin on Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting US presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it demonised Russia.

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 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.
Russian peacekeepers to start withdrawing from Syria: Putin

Tuesday 15 March 2016 06:25

President Vladimir Putin announced out of the blue on Monday that "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw.

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Assad tells Putin his government will help with Syria ceasefire

Wednesday 24 February 2016 14:26

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that his government was ready to assist in implementing a ceasefire in Syria.

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 A Syria Democratic Forces fighter walks under contrails made by US alliance air forces on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria.
Kerry issues warning as Syrian parties back halt to fighting

Wednesday 24 February 2016 07:00

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday.

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Violence rages in Syria as Kerry, Lavrov reach deal on ceasefire

Monday 22 February 2016 05:19

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria.

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Temporary truce is possible: Syrian opposition

Saturday 20 February 2016 20:28

Syria's opposition said it agreed to the "possibility" of a temporary truce provided there were guarantees that Damascus's allies would cease fire, lift sieges and allow aid deliveries countrywide.

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Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce

Saturday 13 February 2016 08:00

The complex, multi-sided civil war in Syria, raging since 2011, has drawn in most regional and global powers, producing the world's worst humanitarian emergency.

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People walk past damaged buildings in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus.
Syrian rebels demand US action ahead of peace talks

Wednesday 10 February 2016 16:28

Syrian rebels called on US President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in support of a military offensive by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad

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Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

Saturday 6 February 2016 15:29

Russian and Syrian government forces gained ground north of Aleppo on Saturday, intensifying an assault on rebel-held areas that has prompted tens of thousands more Syrians to seek refuge.

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UN scrambles to sustain Syria talks; Russia vows to crush "terrorists"

Wednesday 3 February 2016 15:00

The United Nations strained to keep faltering Syrian peace talks alive on Wednesday as Damascus tried to press home gains against rebels.

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Syria opposition considers UN offer after "positive" talks

Monday 1 February 2016 06:36

Syria's main opposition group is considering a proposal by UN special envoy Staff an de Mistura that could pave the way to the delegation pressing ahead with talks after holding their first meeting.

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Iranian President says main problem in Syria is terrorism

Friday 29 January 2016 09:00

The Syrian people must be left to decide their own future, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday.

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People inspect a site hit by what residents said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Turmanin, in Idlib Governorate near the Syrian-Turkish border on Monday.
UN seeks Syrian peace talks this week, opposition threatens boycott

Tuesday 26 January 2016 06:40

The United Nations (UN) said on Monday it would issue invitations for marathon Syrian peace talks to begin this week.

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