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The Infamous Nasief Barakat: Swindler and Human Trafficker

The Infamous Nasief Barakat: Swindler and Human Trafficker

By Ethar Abdul Haq (Zaman Al Wasl)- A few hours after Washington added his name to the list of criminal organization, “Nasief Barakt” has instantly become a very talked-about figure within a wide segment of the Syrian people. “Zaman al-Wasl” was able to collect some vital...

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Iraq extends bid deadline for construction of Mosul oil refinery: ministry

Iraq extends bid deadline for construction of Mosul oil refinery: ministry

 Iraq has extended the deadline for foreign companies and investors to bid for the construction and operation of a new 100,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery near Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, the oil ministry said on Sunday. Bidding documents provide for two investment...

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Russia suspends talks over Northern Homs ceasefire

Russia suspends talks over Northern Homs ceasefire

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Reconciliation talks have been suspended between the Russian army and the negation committee in Northern Homs and southern Hama, sources said Sunday. The Russian military, which brokers the evacuation and ceasefire deal in Syria, has suspended the Sunday's meeting...

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Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

Air strikes pounded an insurgent-held area near Damascus Sunday, footage broadcast by state TV stations showed, as the Syrian regime stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital. Thick clouds of smoke rose from the al-Hajar al-Aswad district as the...

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Jaish Al Islam hands over M-600, TOW missiles to regime

Jaish Al Islam hands over M-600, TOW missiles to regime

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Amid a series of handovers to regime army around the capital, starting by eastern Ghouta and ending by Qalamoun region, the Syrian activists have raised a big question mark: Why Jaish al-Islam did not destroy its arsenal instead of giving up its M-600 rockets, TOW...

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Two mass graves containing 500 bodies moved out of Raqqa city: activist

Two mass graves containing 500 bodies moved out of Raqqa city: activist

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Kurdish-led Raqqa Local Council has transferred two mass graves containing 500 bodies of civilians and Islamic State jihadists out of the city, local activists told Zaman al-Wasl Saturday. The move came as the local organizations and civil community work to...

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Bread prices hike in Hasaka city amid lack of flour

Bread prices hike in Hasaka city amid lack of flour

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Bread prices have been doubled in Hasaka days after the breadwinners stopped selling bread in the northeastern city, local reporter said Saturday. Local activists attributed the prices hike to the lack of flour, as the Syrian regime is the only supplier for flour in...

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OPCW visits site of Syria alleged chemical attack

OPCW visits site of Syria alleged chemical attack

A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said. In a statement, the OPCW said it would now...

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Turkey opens emergency hospital in Afrin

Turkey opens emergency hospital in Afrin

About a month after liberating the region across Turkey’s border from Kurdish militias and ISIS, the Turkish military has opened an emergency services hospital in Afrin, northwestern Syria. The hospital, which can treat 400 patients a day, provides residents in the town of Jinderes...

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5 Palestinians killed in regime bombing on Yarmouk Camp: reporter

5 Palestinians killed in regime bombing on Yarmouk Camp: reporter

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime forces stepped up its ground and aerial attack on the southern neighborhoods of Damascus as clashes are still underway with Daesh and former al-Qaeda group, local reporter said Saturday. Zaman al-Wasl reporter said five Palestinian people were killed in...

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Rebels begin leaving new area in Qalamoun: state media

Rebels begin leaving new area in Qalamoun: state media

(Zambian Al Wasl)- Rebels started leaving eastern Qalamoun region outside the capital on Saturday, regime-run media said, after a new deal was reached between opposition fighters and the Russia-backed regime. The agreement for the eastern Qalamoun  is the latest in a string of...

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Deir Ezzor: 2 people killed by SDF, France deploys troops near oil fields

Deir Ezzor: 2 people killed by SDF, France deploys troops near oil fields

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Two civilians killed on Friday in a rocket attack by the U.S.-backed forces on ISIS pockets in eastern Deir Ezzor province, local activists said. The two family members were killed due to the bombing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the town of al-Sousa in the...

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Mobile fun houses built for Syrian children

Mobile fun houses built for Syrian children

A Turkish businesspeople association has built two mobile amusement houses for Syrian refugee children, who are suffering from trauma, said the director of the association Friday. Baris Arat, a board of director of BASSIAD, told Anadolu Agency that their association did a field study to...

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US offers $1 mn reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

US offers $1 mn reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

Washington (AFP) - The United States is offering a reward of $1 million for information about Austin Tice, an American journalist missing in Syria since 2012. The FBI announced the reward this week, without any explanation on the timing. "The timing of this reward is unrelated...

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Assad begins attacks to retake rebel-held areas in Homs

Assad begins attacks to retake rebel-held areas in Homs

The Syrian regime has launched fresh military operations in opposition-held parts of the northern Homs province. According to information gathered by Anadolu Agency correspondents in Syria, regime forces have launched fresh assaults since Monday against rebel-held areas of northern...

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Tahrir al-Sham kills 20 Palestinian fighters loyal to Assad in Yarmouk Camp

Tahrir al-Sham kills 20 Palestinian fighters loyal to Assad in Yarmouk Camp

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Hayat Tahrir al-Sham said it had killed 20 Palestinian fighters loyal to Bashar al-Assad in Yarmouk refugee camp as regime forces backed by heavy aerial campaign launched major offensive to uproot Daesh and former al-Qaeda group from southern neighborhoods of Damascus,...

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HRW decries expulsion of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

HRW decries expulsion of Syrian refugees from Lebanon

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday condemned the expulsion of hundreds of Syrian refugees from their temporary residences in Lebanon. “At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities,...

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Russia tells UN envoy US-led strikes hurt Syrian peace process: RIA

Russia tells UN envoy US-led strikes hurt Syrian peace process: RIA

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday at a meeting in Moscow with United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura that U.S.-led air strikes in Syria had harmed the peace process, the RIA news agency reported. Shoigu said last weekend's strikes were carried out at the least...

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