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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.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Syria Turkey Iraq Damascus Lebanon Fertile Crescent Aleppo Mesopotamia
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? ...
1256 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Turkey Mesopotamia Jordan History of Syria Kibbeh Iraq Damascus
Ancient Karkemish sees modern war on Turkey-Syria border
The tourist gate and ticket house are ready at the ancient city of Karkemish, where Turkish troops crossed last month into Syria and ousted Islamic State militants from the border. Despite Syria's civil war, archaeologists on the Turkish side of border-straddling Karkemish unearthed sculptures, mosaics and other artifacts in relative ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Turkey World Heritage Site Syria Ottoman Empire Iraq Mesopotamia Archaeology World War I
U.N. warns of catastrophic dam failure in Syria battle
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is warning of catastrophic flooding in Syria from the Tabqa dam, which is at risk from high water levels, deliberate sabotage by Islamic State (IS) and further damage from air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
-2 points by Reuters | Tigris Iraq Euphrates Shatt al-Arab Mesopotamia Assyria Garden of Eden Lake Assad
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 ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Turkey Syria Iraq Mesopotamia Ottoman Empire Iran Damascus Arabic language
U.S. coalition jets bomb Islamic State-held town near Euphrates Dam
AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S-led coalition planes bombed an Islamic State-controlled town near the Euphrates Dam in northern Syria a day after the launch of a new phase of a campaign to capture the militants' defacto capital of Raqqa, activists and the militants said on Sunday.
-2 points by Reuters | Fertile Crescent Iraq Syria Euphrates Mesopotamia Lake Assad Sumer Reuters
Operation Euphrates Shield: Progress and scope
Ankara should focus on both its diplomatic capabilities and its firm control over the local friendly groups in Syria.
814 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Syria Iraq Euphrates Fertile Crescent Mesopotamia Sumer Tigris
Pediatric hospital targeted in deadly Aleppo airstrikes
BEIRUT — Intensive bombings pummeled Syria’s rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of the city of Aleppo on Friday, residents and rescuers said, hitting an area housing several hospitals and sending the chief of a pediatrics clinic in a frantic search for a place to move his young patients. Earlier Friday, airstrikes on a village in the rural...
314 points by New York Post | Syria Damascus Aleppo Golan Heights Latakia Muhammad Naji al-Otari Hospital Mesopotamia
Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army eliminates ‘terrorist microbes’ along Syrian border
The Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army has “eliminated” ISIS and other terrorist “microbes” along a 55-mile stretch of the Syrian border, two weeks after Ankara opened a new front in its Euphrates Shield military operation in northern Syria. Read Full Article at RT.com
296 points by Russia Today | Syria Turkey Iraq Mesopotamia Fertile Crescent Euphrates Sumer Aramaic language
RT on frontline: Syrian Army recaptures rebel-held academies, cuts off militant supply route
The Syrian Army has regained control over three military academies in Aleppo, cutting off the supply route used by militants in the eastern part of the city. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked to the soldiers who’ve been taking the city back, stone by stone. Read Full Article at RT.com
712 points by Russia Today | Syria Turkey Fertile Crescent Aleppo Damascus Iraq Mesopotamia Euphrates