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U.S. freezes funding for "White Helmets"

Less than two months ago the State Department hosted members of the White Helmets at Foggy Bottom. At the time, the humanitarian group was showered with praise for saving lives in Syria. "Our meetings in March were very positive. There were even remarks from senior officials about...

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Syrian warplanes breach de-escalation deal in Daraa, kill and wound dozen

Syrian warplanes breach de-escalation deal in Daraa, kill and wound dozen

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime warplanes on Thursday have conducted new raids on the eastern countryside of Daraa province, in a new breach to the US-Russia de-escalation zone agreement, local activists said.   Daraa-based activist Dia'a al-Heraki told Zaman al-Wasl that a dozen of...

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OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

Global chemical arms inspectors are to take the unprecedented step of exhuming some bodies of victims in the Syrian town of Douma as they work to verify last month's alleged chemical attack, a media report said Thursday. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons chief Ahmet...

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Syrian rebels start pull-out from south Damascus

Syrian rebels start pull-out from south Damascus

Syrian rebels began pulling out of an enclave they have surrendered in south Damascus on Thursday, but a few fighters in another besieged area near Homs shelled regime areas after their groups agreed to quit. The enclaves in south Damascus and near Homs are the only two besieged areas...

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Syrian regime to change identity cards, passports: Interior Minister

Syrian regime to change identity cards, passports: Interior Minister

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian Interior Minister said the regime is working on issuing new ID’s to avoide forgery, such a move endorses the fears of demographic change and the settlement of Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists in the Sunni-sect dominated areas. Mohammad al-Sha’ar made his...

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Idlib: 8 people, including 4 rebels, killed in blast attacks

Idlib: 8 people, including 4 rebels, killed in blast attacks

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A car bomb killed at least 4 civilians in the town of al-Dana in northwestern Idlib province, police officer told Zaman al-Wasl Thursday. The blast targeted local employees working for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) while they were heading their office in...

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Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria on Thursday, killing both pilots, Moscow's defense ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies. "As it was climbing after taking off from the Hmeimim airbase, the Russian fighter Su-30SM crashed into the...

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Rebels agree withdrawal deal for northern Homs: official

Rebels agree withdrawal deal for northern Homs: official

Syrian rebels accepted a deal Wednesday to quit their enclave near Homs city, a rebel official said, as the military crushes the last two besieged insurgent pockets in the country. The agreement, which Russia brokered, would restore state rule, with fighters handing over their heavy...

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ISIS-planted landmine kills three children in Hasaka

ISIS-planted landmine kills three children in Hasaka

(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least three children were killed and seven others wounded in a landmine explosion in the northeastern Hasaka province, local activists and regime-run news agency said Wednesday. SANA said ISIS had planted the landmine near the neighborhood of al-Nashwa al-Gharbyia in...

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Northern Homs: Talbiseh town refuses Russian evacuation deal

Northern Homs: Talbiseh town refuses Russian evacuation deal

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The local council of Talbiseh town has joined the Forth Corps, key rebel group in northern Homs, in refusing Russia's surrender deal. The Russian offer is a similar to the Ghouta and Qalamoun's deals. Rebels must lay down their weapons and decide whether joining regime...

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Kafr Zaita hospital bombed out of service in Russian airstrikes

Kafr Zaita hospital bombed out of service in Russian airstrikes

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Russian airstrikes have bombed out of service the main hospital in the town of Kafr Zaita in Hama province, local activists said Wednesday. No casualties have been reported. Russia's warplanes on Sunday have also bombed out of service al-Za'faraneh hospital in...

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Rebels in northern Homs refuse Russian 'surrender' deal

Rebels in northern Homs refuse Russian 'surrender' deal

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Forth Corps, key rebel group in northern Homs, has refused Russia's surrender deal to give up their territory and to head northern Idlib province as regime forces wage major offensive on the last rebel stronghold in central Syria, activists said...

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Three airbases take part in northern Homs bombing

Three airbases take part in northern Homs bombing

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Syrian Air Force is depending on three military airports in its aerial offensive on the opposition areas in Homs and Hama provinces. More than 20 warplanes have been carrying out raids from the well-known desert-based T-4 airport that runs by Iran,...

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Latakia: 35 troops killed in April by Daesh, rebels

Latakia: 35 troops killed in April by Daesh, rebels

(Zaman Al Wasl)- At least 35 regime troops and allied militants from the coastal province of Latakia have been killed in April by Daesh and rebel groups in Damascus and the central provinces of Homs and Hama. More than 119,000 pro-regime forces have been killed, including 62,000 troops,...

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U.S., partner countries to fight Syria's last Daesh strongholds

U.S., partner countries to fight Syria's last Daesh strongholds

The United States and partner countries are launching operations to liberate what it said were the final Daesh (ISIS) strongholds in Syria, the State Department said in a statement Tuesday. The United States will also work with Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to secure their...

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Strikes kill 27 civilians in IS-held area in northeast Syria: monitor

Strikes kill 27 civilians in IS-held area in northeast Syria: monitor

  U.S.-led  air strikes killed at least 27 civilians including 10 children in a village held by Daesh (ISIS) in northeastern Syria Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. "We don't know for the moment if the U.S.-led international coalition or Iraqi...

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Syria deal sees captives released, militants evacuate capital districts

Syria deal sees captives released, militants evacuate capital districts

Over three dozen Syrians held for years by al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in the country's northwest were released on Tuesday as part of a deal to hand over areas around Damascus back to the government. The 42 people freed on Tuesday are the first batch of more than 80 who are due to be...

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US won't withdraw from Syria unless peace achieved

US won't withdraw from Syria unless peace achieved

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the U.S. will not withdraw its forces from Syria unless peace is fully achieved throughout the country. "We do not want to simply pull out before the diplomats have won the peace, so you win the fight and then you win the peace," Mattis told...

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