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Russian Il-20 downed after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack

Russian Il-20 downed after Israeli F-16s used it as cover during attack

The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly. On Monday evening, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in...

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Putin warns Israel after Russian warplane downing

Putin warns Israel after Russian warplane downing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Israel against conducting air raids on Syria like the one that led to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian air defense missile, killing all 15 aboard. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Putin to express sorrow over the...

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Mattis says plane downing won't affect IS fight

Mattis says plane downing won't affect IS fight

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the shootdown of a Russian military aircraft by Syrian forces complicates relations between President Bashar Assad and the Russian government but has "no effect whatever" on the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State fighters in Syria. Mattis...

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U.N. envoy calls on Syria, Israel 'to refrain from military actions'

U.N. envoy calls on Syria, Israel 'to refrain from military actions'

The U.N. special envoy for Syria is calling on Russia, Syria and Israel "to refrain from military actions" following the downing of a Russian military aircraft. Staffan de Mistura told the U.N. Security Council at the start of a meeting on Syria that new military action "would only...

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Israel disputes that it used downed Russian plane as cover during strike

Israel disputes that it used downed Russian plane as cover during strike

Israel's military Tuesday disputed Russia's assertion that it used one of its aircraft as cover while it carried out a strike in Syria, leading to it accidentally being shot down. "During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the...

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Germany welcomes deal on Idlib

Germany welcomes deal on Idlib

Germany's foreign minister is welcoming a deal between Turkey and Russia to create a demilitarized zone in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib. Speaking in Romania on Tuesday, Heiko Maas said "whatever helps avoid a humanitarian disaster in Idlib is good." Maas cautioned that...

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Russia says Syrian regime missiles shot down its aircraft

Russia says Syrian regime missiles shot down its aircraft

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian regime missile over the Mediterranean early Tuesday, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defense ministry said. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked...

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Syrian regime accidentally shoots down Russian military plane

Syrian regime accidentally shoots down Russian military plane

A Russian maritime patrol aircraft with multiple personnel on board was inadvertently shot down by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery on Monday after the Syrians came under attack by Israeli missiles, according to a US official with knowledge of the incident. The US official said the...

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Russia and Turkey agree to demilitarised zone around Idlib

Russia and Turkey agree to demilitarised zone around Idlib

Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised zone between the Syrian army and armed rebel groups around Idlib, where an assault from the Syrian government forces had been expected for more than a week. Russia and Turkey will "create a demilitarised zone some 15 to 20...

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Liwa Shuhada al-Qaryatayn relocating to Aleppo province

Liwa Shuhada al-Qaryatayn relocating to Aleppo province

Former U.S.-backed vetted Syrian opposition militia Liwa Shuhada al-Qaryatayn (ShQ) is relocating from the Tanf area in the southeastern desert to the north along with hundreds of civilians after striking a deal with Russia, according to reports. Badia24 reported on Sunday, September 16...

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Israel releases satellite photos of Assad's palace

Israel releases satellite photos of Assad's palace

(Hebrew Press)- To mark 30 years since its first orbital launch, Defense Ministry publishes images from its newest spy satellite, showing Syrian tanks, an airfield… and Bashar Assad’s home Israel on Monday released photographs taken by its newest spy satellite of sites located...

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Putin and Erdogan to hold talks on rebel-held Idlib

Putin and Erdogan to hold talks on rebel-held Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday as international concern mounts over an expected Syrian government assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib. The leaders of the two countries that are on opposite sides of the conflict...

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Doctors and nurses rally against Syria regime Idlib offensive

Doctors and nurses rally against Syria regime Idlib offensive

More than 300 doctors and nurses rallied Sunday in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, urging the international community to protect them against an expected offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Brandishing roses and wearing white coats and blue surgical uniforms, the...

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After Damascus raid, Israel says working to keep weapons from foes

After Damascus raid, Israel says working to keep weapons from foes

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday his country is taking action to stop its foes from acquiring sophisticated arms, hours after Damascus said Israeli missiles targeted its airport. Israel has not officially confirmed or denied a report by Syrian state news agency...

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Israel strike on Damascus airport targeted Iranian cargo plane: reports

Israel strike on Damascus airport targeted Iranian cargo plane: reports

The Israeli missile strike on the Damascus international airport late Saturday reportedly targeted an Iranian plane delivering weapons for pro-regime forces and Revolutionary Guards units fighting in the country’s civil war, the Israeli media reported Sunday. According to a Hadashot...

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Polls open in Syrian local elections: regime media

Polls open in Syrian local elections: regime media

  Voting began across regime-controlled parts of Syria on Sunday for the war-ravaged country's first local elections since 2011, state-run news agency SANA said. Polling booths opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and are expected to stay open for 12 hours. "Voting centres opened for...

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Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said. More must be done within the church to tackle the root causes of the latest wave of global abuse scandals to rock...

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Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: regime media

Israeli missiles target Damascus airport: regime media

An Israeli missile attack targeted the Syrian capital's airport late Saturday, activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency SANA reported. "Our air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus international airport and shot down a...

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