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Turkey’s military chief visits troops on Syria border

Turkey’s military chief visits troops on Syria border

Turkish military chief Gen. Hulusi Akar on Friday visited military brigades stationed on the border with Syria. Akar was accompanied by Land Forces Commander Yasar Guler, Air Forces Commander Hasan Kucukakyuz, and Naval Forces Commander Adnan Ozbal, according to Anadolu Agency...

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US will not engage in regime's attacks on Daraa

US will not engage in regime's attacks on Daraa

The Pentagon said Friday said the U.S. or the anti-Daesh coalition will not involve itself in the Syrian regime's attacks on rebel-held towns in southern Syria. Speaking at a news conference, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon was asked by an Anadolu Agency reporter whether the U.S. is...

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Syrian girl born with no legs finds hope in Turkey

Syrian girl born with no legs finds hope in Turkey

 Earlier this month, Maya Merhi, 8, born with no legs due to a congenital condition, was moving around a Syrian displaced persons camp on artificial limbs made of plastic tubing and tin cans. But after pictures of her plight, including those taken by AFP in Syria, were seen around the...

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Number of displaced triples to 160,000 during fighting in south Syria - UNHCR

Number of displaced triples to 160,000 during fighting in south Syria - UNHCR

The number of displaced people in southern Syria has more than tripled to 160,000 in the latest fighting, the U.N. refugee agency’s Jordan spokesman Mohammad Hawar said on Friday. "We expect the numbers during the night to rise further," Hawar said. The last U.N. figure issued Monday...

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Israel must prevent entry of refugees from Syria to Israel: minister

Israel must prevent entry of refugees from Syria to Israel: minister

Israel must prevent the entry of refugees fleeing fighting in Syria, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said Friday. The remarks by Yuval Steinitz, energy minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, came on the same day that the Israeli military said it had transferred...

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Jordan says ceasefire agreed in southern Syria

Jordan says ceasefire agreed in southern Syria

A Jordanian official source said Friday there were confirmed reports of a ceasefire in southern Syria that would lead to "reconciliation" between the opposition and government forces. The source did not elaborate further on the reports of an agreement in the territory where Syrian...

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Putin, Trump to discuss Syria at July meeting: Kremlin

Putin, Trump to discuss Syria at July meeting: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will have a detailed discussion about the Syrian conflict when they meet at their first official summit in July, the Kremlin said on Friday. The meeting, to be held on July 16 in Helsinki, is likely to worry some U.S....

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Assad army makes advances in Daraa offensive

Assad army makes advances in Daraa offensive

The Syrian regime army battled rebels in an important town in southwest Syria Thursday, a media unit run by its ally Hezbollah’s war media center said, as intensifying air strikes killed dozens of people in the area. Bashar Assad has sworn to take back every inch of Syria, and...

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SDF, Regime forces make prisoner swap in eastern Deir Ezzor

SDF, Regime forces make prisoner swap in eastern Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have made prisoner swap with regime army in eastern Deir Ezzor province, local activists said Friday. Two regime troops were freed by the SDF in the town of al-Salhiya in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. In return, the regime...

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Syrian opposition negotiator decries US 'silence' over offensive

Syrian opposition negotiator decries US 'silence' over offensive

Syria's chief opposition negotiator Nasr al-Hariri Thursday decried "U.S. silence" over a Syrian government offensive in southwest Syria, where Washington agreed a "de-escalation" zone last year with Jordan and Damascus' ally Russia. Speaking in Riyadh, he said that only a "malicious...

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Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria: Putin

Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has withdrawn 1,140 military personnel and 13 warplanes from Syria in last few days. "As you know, we started withdrawing our forces during my visit to Hmeimim base. This withdrawal continues now," Putin said at a ceremony for...

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Syrian refugees living in Lebanon start returning to Syria

Syrian refugees living in Lebanon start returning to Syria

Women and children crammed in the back of pick-up trucks piled high with mattresses and blankets, dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border Thursday, heading back home to an uncertain future in war-torn Syria. The small exodus is part of a repatriation that the...

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Assad airstrike on shelter kills 22 in Daraa

Assad airstrike on shelter kills 22 in Daraa

 A barrage of airstrikes hit rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least 23 civilians, including 12 children, hiding in an underground shelter as regime forces pressed their offensive to reclaim a region that was until recently part of a negotiated truce....

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Russia calls off ceasefire in Daraa

Russia calls off ceasefire in Daraa

Russia announced on Wednesday that the cease-fire deal with the U.S. and Jordan in Syria's south is over. Khmeimim Air Base in the port city of Latakia said on Twitter that the cease-fire was violated by opposition forces.  "Khmeimim Air Base announces end of agreement to...

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Syria opposition vows to resist regime assault in Daraa

Syria opposition vows to resist regime assault in Daraa

 Opposition groups in Syria’s southwestern Daraa province have vowed to resist regime forces as the Syrian regime pushed ahead with a deadly military offensive in the opposition stronghold that killed 11 civilians on Wednesday.   On Monday, regime forces and allied militias...

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Twin blasts tear through Syria's Afrin, killing at least nine

Twin blasts tear through Syria's Afrin, killing at least nine

Twin bombings killed at least nine people and wounded several others in northern Syria’s Afrin on Wednesday, in an attack targeting Turkey-backed rebels. The first attack, a car bomb at the central Kawa roundabout, exploded near a checkpoint manned by Free Syrian Army rebels....

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Shell hands over Iraq's Majnoon oilfield: Iraqi oil officials

Shell hands over Iraq's Majnoon oilfield: Iraqi oil officials

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell has exited the Majnoon oilfield and handed over all its operations to the state-run Basra Oil Co., two Iraqi oil officials close to the deal said on Wednesday. Officials from Shell and Basra Oil Co. met on Wednesday to mark the complete exit of Shell and the...

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UN warns of continued war crimes in Eastern Ghouta

UN warns of continued war crimes in Eastern Ghouta

The UN commission on Tuesday warned of continued war crimes of Assad regime in Eastern Ghouta, Syria by blocking humanitarian access. The war crimes have continued in Eastern Ghouta, Hanny Megally, a member of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told reporters in Geneva...

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