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At least 88 people killed in regime offensive on besieged Ghouta

At least 88 people killed in regime offensive on besieged Ghouta

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Death toll of regime’s major offensive on Eastern Ghouta suburbs reached a total of 88 as more than 400 people have been wounded in bloody Monday, local activists, rescuing group and monitoring said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime...

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FSA seeks solution to detained ISIS militants

FSA seeks solution to detained ISIS militants

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Tens of former ISIS militants including Egyptians, Tunisians, Russians, Frenchmen, Uzbeks and even Syrians have been, with their families, in the custody of the Free Syrian Army, after uprooting ISIS from northern Aleppo province. Most of them reside in special camps...

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YPG denies deal for army to enter Afrin

YPG denies deal for army to enter Afrin

The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia denied Monday agreeing a deal with Damascus for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive. "There is no agreement. There is only a call from us for the Syrian army to come in and protect the borders," YPG spokesman Nouri...

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Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, Russia to prepare Syria summit: TASS

Foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey, Russia to prepare Syria summit: TASS

The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in Kazakhstan in two weeks to prepare the ground for an Istanbul summit on Syria, the TASS news agency cited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying Monday. The three countries are working together to try to push the...

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Erdogan says Syrian government to face consequences if deal with YPG reached: CNN Turk

Erdogan says Syrian government to face consequences if deal with YPG reached: CNN Turk

Syria's government will face consequences if it reaches an agreement with the Kurdish YPG militia against Turkey's military operation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call Monday. Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said Erdogan told...

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Turkey warns against Syria regime support to Kurd militia

Turkey warns against Syria regime support to Kurd militia

Turkey's foreign minister Monday warned against any intervention by Syrian pro-government forces alongside Kurdish militias in northern Syria, saying it would not prevent Ankara from continuing its month-old offensive. Mevlut Cavusoglu was reacting to a report from Syrian state news...

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Assad forces step up offencive on Eastern Ghouta, 40 civilians killed

Assad forces step up offencive on Eastern Ghouta, 40 civilians killed

 (Zaman Al Wasl)-Heavy Syrian regime bombardment of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta killed at least 40 civilians Monday, a monitor said, as government forces appeared to prepare for a ground assault. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes battered the...

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Pro-Assad militias to enter Syria's Afrin: state media

Pro-Assad militias to enter Syria's Afrin: state media

Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region within hours, Syrian media reported on Monday, after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive there. Turkey said in response that it would...

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Reports of hundreds of Russians killed in Syria attempt to exploit war : RIA cites Lavrov

Reports of hundreds of Russians killed in Syria attempt to exploit war : RIA cites Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that reports that hundreds of Russian mercenaries had been killed in Syria recently were an attempt to exploit the war there, the RIA news agency reported. About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were...

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Cannabis trade 'flourishes' in northeastern Syria

Cannabis trade 'flourishes' in northeastern Syria

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The sell and use of drugs have become a public and widespread phenomenon among youths in northern Syria in general and in the Qamishli province especially. Drug traffickers have increased their activities because there is no effective force on the ground deterring them from...

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Syrian refugee: Turkish forces saved us

Syrian refugee: Turkish forces saved us

A Syrian refuge in Turkey said they were exposed to violence by both the Assad regime and PYD/PKK terrorists.   “I witnessed PYD/PKK force children to join their terrorist groups and give them military trainings,” Mevlud Mustafa said. “We wish the terror ends as soon as...

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Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in Syria

Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in Syria

Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, its foreign minister said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region. "It's just a fabricated story. Turkey has...

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Kurdish official: deal for regime army to enter Afrin

Kurdish official: deal for regime army to enter Afrin

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Syrian regime have reached an agreement for the army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters Sunday. Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in north Syria, said army troops...

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Assad army mobilizes troops for major offensive on Eastern Ghouta

Assad army mobilizes troops for major offensive on Eastern Ghouta

Zaman Al Wasl)- Large military reinforcements arrived to the edge of  embattled Eastern suburbs of Damascus  to back the regime forces fighting in the major offensive against rebel factions, rebel commander told Zaman al-Wasl on Sunday. Said Saif, the spokesman of the Ahmed...

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Kurd militia says three foreign members killed in Afrin

Kurd militia says three foreign members killed in Afrin

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Sunday that three of its foreign members were killed in Syria, including two in the northern enclave of Afrin. The Kurdish militia, the backbone of a U.S.-backed force that has fought the Islamic State group, named the fighters as French...

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Assad forces kill 9 civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Assad forces kill 9 civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Assad regime forces on Sunday killed nine civilians, including four children, in air and land attacks targeting the opposition-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, according to a Syrian civil defense group. In the town of Misraba, eastern Ghouta, airstrikes targeting residential areas killed...

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US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian deaths

US still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian deaths

The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved. Reuters has reported that about 300 men working for a...

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Lebanese husband and pregnant Syrian wife found murdered in Istanbul

Lebanese husband and pregnant Syrian wife found murdered in Istanbul

A Lebanese citizen and his Syrian wife were found murdered and dumped in the Arnavutkoy neighborhood in Istanbul, the Lebanese foreign ministry said in a statement, adding that two Syrian suspects have been arrested. The man was identified as Mohammed Mahmoud Bashir and the wife as...

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