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‘Peace in Syria can’t be reached through Western interference’: UK’s Baroness Cox tells RT
Bashar Assad has enormous support both from his people and unarmed opposition groups for his fight against Islamic State, despite the West’s push for regime change in Syria, says Baroness Caroline Cox. The UK House of Lords peer was speaking to RT after meeting the Syrian leader. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Airstrike kills top Nusra commander outside Aleppo, as Syrian Army retakes new neighborhood
Senior Al-Nusra Front commander, known under the alias Abu Omar Saraqeb, was reportedly killed in a targeted airstrike on the village of Kafr Naha, 15 km north of Aleppo. In the city, Syrian government forces regained control over Ramousah district. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Syria's war: Blasts hit Tartous, Homs, Hasaka
At least 48 killed, dozens wounded in five blasts in mostly government-held areas, including in Homs and Damascus.
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In fairness to Gary Johnson, even NY Times is clueless about Aleppo
After Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson embarrassingly admitted he didn't know what the Syrian city of Aleppo was during an interview, the New York Times tried to ridicule the incident, but instead made three major errors of its own. Read Full Article at RT.com
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This is Aleppo in 5 devastating photos
These photos show what's been going on in Aleppo, Syria.       
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Syrian government forces capture more areas in Aleppo
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies captured new ground on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, tightening the siege on rebel-held parts of the city, state media and an activist group said.The latest push came after pro-government troops recaptured several military academies over the weekend that they had lost in attacks by insurgents a month ago.
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Abdullah al-Khateeb: Fighting to tell Yarmouk's story
Despite a recent assassination attempt, Palestinian activist continues to document life under siege in Syria.
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8 things you should know about Aleppo, including what it is
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.) We’re here to help.  1. What is Aleppo? ...
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Syrians on haj pray for peace; Damascus says Riyadh plays politics
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Syrians from territory held by opposing sides in the civil war prayed together for peace as they flew to Mecca for the haj, even as President Bashar al-Assad's government accused Saudi Arabia of politicizing the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
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Trump rival: 'What is Aleppo?'
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson stumbled while answering a question about the Syrian refugee crisis on Thursday, asking "What is Aleppo?" in an interview on MSNBC.
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson: 'What is Aleppo?'
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson now knows what Aleppo is. He was asked Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" what he would do as president about the Syrian city at the center of the refugee crisis, Johnson replied, "And what is Aleppo?" Replied questioner Mike Barnicle, "You're kidding...
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Gary Johnson, presidential candidate: 'What is Aleppo?'
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, was stumped on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when commentator Mike Barnicle asked him about the Syrian city.
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Airstrike kills 10 in area of suspected gas attack in Syria
An airstrike in the rebel-held part of Syria’s contested city of Aleppo killed 10 civilians on Wednesday, activists said, an attack that hit in the same neighborhood where a suspected chlorine gas attack happened the day before.Meanwhile, the U.N. aid agency said the fighting in Syria’s central Hama...
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At least 24 killed in northern Syria airstrikes, monitor says
BEIRUT — At least 24 civilians were killed Wednesday in air raids on a rebel-held area of Aleppo and an Islamic State-held village nearby, a Syrian monitoring group said.
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Syria deadlock: Why can't US, Russia agree?
The kaleidoscope of Syria's multi-sided war is changing daily and the latest casualty is hope of a US-Russia agreement that would bring about a truce and humanitarian relief.
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Geneva talks resume as fighting rages in Hama, Damascus
Hopes for breakthrough or concessions from either side remain low, amid ongoing violence in Damascus and Hama.
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The voices missing from Syria's peace talks
As negotiations on the war in Syria resume in Geneva, civil society groups say their voices are not being heard.
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Fierce fighting in Syria as talks restart in Geneva
A fifth round of Syria talks in Geneva kicks off on shaky ground as clashes increase in Hama and Damascus.
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UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting
'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.
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Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Jihadists and other rebel groups made advances against the Syrian army north of Hama on Thursday, a monitor said, part of their biggest offensive for months, underscoring bleak prospects for peace talks that resume later in the day.
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US helicopters in daring assault against ISIS
Fighters in Syria have begun a major ground offensive, backed up by US forces, to retake a vital dam near Raqqa, Syria, from ISIS, a US official told CNN Wednesday.
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Displaced people of Syria's "beehive" villages dream of return
ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) - The sculpted mud domes of the villages southeast of Aleppo are collapsing from war damage and neglect after years on the front line between Syria's army and Islamic State militants, their inhabitants long since gone.
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Syrian opposition wants Geneva talks on political transition
BEIRUT/ROME (Reuters) - The main Syrian opposition body said on Wednesday it wanted face-to-face negotiations with the Damascus government about a political transition at peace talks that are due to begin in Geneva next week.
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Start of Syria talks in Astana delayed by one day
A new round of talks on the Syrian conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran is set to begin on February 15.
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UN: 'Looming catastrophe' in four besieged towns
UN official pleads with Assad government to allow life-saving aid deliveries to 60,000 civilians trapped in four towns.
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Syria rebels cast doubt on attending Kazakhstan talks
Accusing Russia of failing to implement ceasefire, rebels say they might attend talks only if progress is seen soon.
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Russian video raises alarm; New ISIS damage in Syria’s Palmyra
Russia on Monday released footage from one of its drones in Syria, revealing for the first time the latest destruction to the ruins of historic Palmyra since it was recaptured by Islamic State militants, as Syrian government forces pushed ahead on the ground in a new offensive to take the city back....
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HRW: Syria carried out chemical attacks in Aleppo
Rights group accuses Syria of eight chemical attacks, killing at least nine people during offensive to retake key town.
1866 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Damascus Muhammad Naji al-Otari Chemical warfare Military of Syria Aleppo
Palestinian Actress Hiam Abbbas On ‘Insyriated’ and Why The First Victims of Trump Travel Ban Are Americans
Paris-based Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbas is one of the few Arab talents who stars regularly in American movies. She has worked with Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Tom McCarthy, and Jim Jarmusch, among others, and will appear in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049.” In “Insyriated,” an Aleppo-set chamber drama by French director... Read more »
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The Latest: Iran to allow Russian jets to fly over airspace
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that Iran will allow Russian jetfighters to fly over its airspace to support military operations in Syria. The Saturday report quotes Ali Shamkhami, secretary of Iran's Supreme National ...
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Geneva peace talks may be derailed – UN Syria envoy
The current situation in some parts of Syria could possibly torpedo the peace process and the upcoming talks in Geneva, the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The Boy who started the Syrian War
We tell the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, the boy whose anti-Assad graffiti lit the spark that engulfed Syria.
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Syria war seethes despite cease-fire
BEIRUT — Syria’s fronts are on fire despite a cease-fire reached in December between the rebels and the government.
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Moscow mediates talks between Assad & Syrian Kurds – Russian FM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has confirmed that Moscow has been mediating talks between Damascus and the Syrian Kurds to help maintain Syria’s sovereignty and statehood, in an interview with Russia’s Izvestia daily. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Syrian government jets target rebel-held area in Homs
At least eight people killed in air attack on rebel-held al-Waer neighbourhood of Homs, according to monitoring group.
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Syria calls Amnesty International report of mass hangings ‘untrue’
Syria’s justice ministry on Wednesday rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings of as many as 13,000 people in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations “totally untrue” and part of a smear campaign.
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Amnesty International accuses Syria of hanging thousands of prisoners, dumping bodies in mass graves
On Monday or Wednesday afternoons, guards would call out the names of prisoners for transfer from Syria’s notorious Saydnaya military prison. Some inmates saw it as a heartening sign that their detention at Saydnaya was over. Hours later, blindfolded, severely beaten and with nooses around their...
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The ‘slaughterhouse’ prison where Syria has killed thousands
BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. The report covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged...
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Amnesty: Up to 13K hanged in Syria’s ‘slaughterhouse’
The group released a report covering the period from the start of the uprising until 2015        
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Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's 'slaughterhouse'
BEIRUT — The prison north of Damascus was known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse" and in it, as many of 13,000 people were hanged in only four years after a series of sham trials, according to a new report issued by Amnesty International.The report, issued on Tuesday, said that 20-50 people were hanged each week at the Saydnaya prison in what the organization called a "calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution."
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Syrian activists say airstrikes kill 15 in rebel-held city
BEIRUT — Airstrikes on a rebel-held city in Syria early Tuesday killed at least 15 people, wounded dozens more and demolished several buildings, in one of the deadliest attacks since a cease-fire went into effect last year, Syrian activists and medics said.The airstrikes hit the city of Idlib, the capital of a northwestern province of the same name that is almost entirely controlled by Syrian rebels and al-Qaida-linked insurgents.
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Amnesty International: Syria has secretly executed thousands of political prisoners
Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.
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At least 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011: Report
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian authorities have killed at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday. It covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty ...
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As many as 13,000 people hanged in 'monstrous' Syrian prison
The report referred to the killings as a "calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution."
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Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria prison since 2011
In a new report covering the period from 2011 to 2015, Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison.         
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Mass hangings: Sources say 13,000 killed in secret prison
In the middle of the night, the Syrian prisoners are told they're being transferred.
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As many as 13,000 hanged in Syrian prison since 2011, says Amnesty International
Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as "the slaughterhouse," Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.It covers the period from 2011 to 2015, when Amnesty said 20-50...
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Amnesty says up to 13,000 people hanged at Syrian prison
BEIRUT — Syrian authorities have killed between 5,000 and 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” the watchdog group Amnesty International said in a report today.
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Syria hanged 13,000 in Saydnaya prison: Amnesty
Syrian government executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings at Saydnaya prison, says rights watchdog.
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Syria carried out mass hangings at military prison: Amnesty International
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
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