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Top Syrian Rebel Commander Killed in Airstrike
Abu Omar Saraqib was meeting with other rebel commanders on the outskirts of the embattled northern city of Aleppo when the attack occurred.
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U.S. unsure of deal as Kerry arrives for Syria talks
The talks between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov aim to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria        
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U.N. says U.S.-Russia talks on Syria crucial as aid stops rolling in
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian government has effectively stopped aid convoys this month and the besieged city of Aleppo is close to running out of fuel, making U.S.-Russian peace talks in Geneva on Friday even more urgent, the United Nations said.
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Kerry and Lavrov holding talks on Syria ceasefire deal
Washington says snap meeting will cover how to put an end to fighting and further humanitarian aid for Syrian people.
725 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Iraq Muhammad Naji al-Otari 2003 invasion of Iraq Jordan Levant
Times reporter abducted and shot in Syria says his kidnapper now US-backed rebel
A Times reporter who was kidnapped and twice shot in the leg in Syria claims to have recognized his abductor on a recent Facebook video, which shows him in the ranks of a US-backed “moderate” opposition rebel group. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fighting in Syria's Hama displaces 100,000: UN
Fighting in Syria's western Hama province displaced an estimated 100,000 people between Aug. 28 and Sept. 5, the United Nations said on Wednesday, citing the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the governor of the province.
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US air raid kills Syrian rebel commander, rebels say
Abu Hajer al Homsi, a founding member of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, is killed in suspected US strike, rebel source says.
1288 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Iraq War Iraq Hafez al-Assad Jordan Levant History of Syria
Kerry tries again with Lavrov on Syria; U.S. warns patience not infinite
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Geneva on Friday for a new round of talks with Russia on a Syrian ceasefire, with U.S. officials saying they believed a deal was still possible, but warning that the talks could not go on forever.
1342 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad Syria Sergey Lavrov Hafez al-Assad Reuters Thomson Reuters United States News agency
Over 70 aid groups say U.N. allows Syria to manipulate relief
More than 70 humanitarian organizations are accusing the United Nations of allowing the Syrian government to manipulate relief efforts and deprive thousands in besieged areas of help. The aid groups working in Syria ...
1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Syria Bashar al-Assad United Nations Humanitarian aid Lebanon Turkey Hafez al-Assad Humanitarianism
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.
1637 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Damascus President of the United States Latakia Iraq Al-Qaeda Hafez al-Assad
In Syria talks, Russia holds the key
Ahead of renewed peace talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov there is a sense of foreboding.
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In about-face, Kerry heads to Geneva to meet Russia's Lavrov
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russia's foreign minister in Geneva about a ceasefire deal for Syria, the State Department said on Thursday in a sudden about-face after saying it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile.
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Syria's war: Aid agencies suspend cooperation with UN
More than 70 groups sign letter saying Syrian regime has influence over UN and Red Crescent operations, demand probe.
2637 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Humanitarian aid United Nations Hafez al-Assad Muhammad Naji al-Otari Humanitarianism Asma al-Assad
Faulted by charities, U.N. plans to keep up relief work in Syria
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations plans to keep working with charities in Syria despite a decision by more than 70 relief groups to suspend ties with the U.N. for its links to the Syrian government, officials said on Thursday.
10 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad United Nations Syria Ban Ki-moon Reuters Thomson Reuters Humanitarian aid Hafez al-Assad
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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Bashar al-Assad's Texas-sized victory against ISIS
Imagine a war raging in central Texas, stretching eastward. San Antonio lies in the southwest of our fictional battlefield, Austin is 80 miles to the north, and Dallas sits 200 miles farther along the same highway.
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Why a new opposition road map isn't the breakthrough negotiators are seeking in Syria
In most parts of the world, the unveiling of proposals for a negotiated solution to a ruinous civil war might be viewed as progress. Not so when it comes to Syria. Recent battlefield successes have left President Bashar Assad little incentive to consider the road map to a political transition presented...
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Russia, US: What do they agree on?
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are meeting in Geneva to try and thrash out a deal on Syria, but after round after round of failed talks, can they really find common ground this time?
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Aleppo bombed as U.S. and Russia plan Syria talks
An airstrike near in Syria killed at least 10 civilians as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to meet this week for extended discussions on ending the civil war.
1 points by The Denver Post | Syria Bashar al-Assad Vladimir Putin Barack Obama Turkey Hafez al-Assad Aleppo Iraq War
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.
341 points by CNN | Syria Iraq Bashar al-Assad Turkey Kurdish people Hafez al-Assad Damascus History of Syria
'No miracles' in Geneva talks as Syria fighting rages
A fifth round of UN-backed Syria talks is under way in Geneva amid low expectations as violence on the ground escalates.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad History of Syria Terrorism Staffan de Mistura Aleppo Muhammad Naji al-Otari
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.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Staffan de Mistura Aleppo History of Syria Iraq Damascus
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.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Human rights Hafez al-Assad Civil society Israel Damascus Iraq War
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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Security Council resolutions to be 'Geneva talks basis'
Elections, new constitution and governance to be on the agenda of forthcoming meeting in Geneva of Syrian factions.
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Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa
Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.
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As talks falter, Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war
ASTANA (Reuters) - With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase -- brokering an end to the fighting -- a tougher proposition.
-2 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad Vladimir Putin Syria Hafez al-Assad Diplomacy Kazakhstan Turkey Sergey Lavrov
After Years of War, Syrians Are Big Fans of the Board Game Risk
The 1957 Hasbro war simulation, in which multiple factions vie for territory, strikes a chord with Syrians inside and outside the country, who gather late into the night to play; ‘everyone wants to be green.’
437 points by The Wall Street Journal | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Iraq Kurdish people Board game Kurdish language Game
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.
-2 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad Syria Rebellion Hafez al-Assad Damascus Staffan de Mistura United Nations Muhammad Naji al-Otari
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.
553 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Diplomacy Foreign minister Hafez al-Assad Staffan de Mistura Foreign policy Damascus
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.
1022 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Fertile Crescent Damascus Lebanon History of Syria Hafez al-Assad Deir ez-Zor
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.
507 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Terrorism Aleppo Staffan de Mistura Hafez al-Assad Rebellion Damascus
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....
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Muslim Brotherhood Golan Heights Islam Damascus Caliphate
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
In Aleppo ... it's 'as if nothing happened'
For football fans in Aleppo, a recent match provided a fleeting glimpse at what life used to look like.
210 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Al-Ittihad Aleppo Latakia Aleppo American football Government
Kremlin: Turkey gave target for mistaken Syria strike
Russians say Turkish troops should not have been in building while Turks say they were in the same position for 10 days.
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Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria: sources
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.
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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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Dozens of ISIL fighters killed by Turkish-led forces
Battle for Syrian city of al-Bab intensifies with 58 ISIL fighters killed as rebels and government troops converge.
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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.
59 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Iraq Hafez al-Assad Turkey Damascus Aleppo Ottoman Empire
Bashar al-Assad praises Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS
Russia-backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad praised President Trump’s plan to defeat ISIS, predicting Wednesday that it’s “ going to be positive.” “Trump during the campaign and after the campaign is promising regarding the priority of fighting terrorists, and mainly ISIS, that’s what we’ve been asking for during the last six years,” Assad told Belgian media,...
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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 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.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad European Union Terrorism Turkey Damascus United States
Intense raids kill dozens in Syria's Idlib
Civilians killed and multi-storey buildings collapse in some of the heaviest strikes to hit rebel-held city in months.
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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.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Capital punishment Bashar al-Assad Syria Amnesty International Human rights Prison Damascus Hafez al-Assad
Syria's war: HNC unveils road map for transition
HNC says president must go after six months of talks, adds it will reject any US-Russia deal that strays from its terms.
736 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Diplomacy Barack Obama Hafez al-Assad Iraq War History of Syria Negotiation
Up to 13,000 hanged at Syria prison since 2011, Amnesty International says
Stephen FellerFeb. 7 (UPI) -- A report published Tuesday by Amnesty International alleges that as many as 13,000 prisoners at a jail have been executed in groups of 50 every week since 2011.
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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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