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New wave of violence in Syria war as 200,000 flee Idlib offensive

New wave of violence in Syria war as 200,000 flee Idlib offensive

A Syrian government offensive to capture the northern province of Idlib has killed dozens of civilians and forced more than 200,000 people to flee over the past month, leading to fears of a major humanitarian crisis in the last rebel-held bastion. The Syrian army, backed by its ally Russia,...

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Syrian dissident stages hunger strike in Turkey

Syrian dissident stages hunger strike in Turkey

A Syrian political dissident has been on a hunger strike in Istanbul, Turkey for 11 days after Canada failed to follow through on his application for asylum for himself and his family, who he has not seen in years. Ammar al-Sheikh Haidar, the brother of Ali Haidar, Syria’s former minister...

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Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent

Inside Syria’s Secret Torture Prisons: How al-Assad Crushed Dissent

Syrian security officers hung Muhannad Ghabbash from his wrists for hours, beat him bloody, shocked him with electricity and stuck a gun in his mouth. Mr. Ghabbash, a law student from Aleppo, repeatedly confessed his actual offense: organizing peaceful antigovernment protests. But the...

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Syria's Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

Syria's Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

After eight months of relative calm, Syria's northwestern province of Idlib is once again a theater for bloody military operations: heavy bombardment, airstrikes and waves of civilian displacement as Syrian government troops, backed by Russia, push their way into the rebel-held enclave in a...

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