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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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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.
189 points by The Wall Street Journal | Syria Bashar al-Assad United States Hafez al-Assad Iraq Iraq War George W. Bush History of Syria
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.
28 points by Reuters | Bashar al-Assad Syria Reuters Thomson Reuters Staffan de Mistura Sergey Lavrov Hafez al-Assad News agency
US running out of patience with Russia on Syria deal
The US is trying to close a deal with Russia on a Syria ceasefire -- but officials warn that the US will abandon the effort if latest talks don't produce an agreement.
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Syrian army secures road to Aleppo: state TV
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army secured a road into the government-held side of Aleppo that was captured by rebels last month and was expected to soon open it for civilians, state-owned al-Ikhbariya TV reported on Friday.
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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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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.
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Turkish air strikes destroy four targets in northern Syria: military
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish air strikes destroyed four stationary targets in northern Syria on Friday, the military said in a statement, as it continues attacks against militants in the region.
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The Marines wouldn't take him. So Levi Shirley went to war on his own
Levi Shirley wanted nothing more than to be a Marine. In high school, he taught an informal class on Marine Corps history at the recruiting office a few miles from his house and worked out with the men posted there. His mother, Susan, was less excited. Her ex-husband did three combat tours in Vietnam...
2127 points by Los Angeles Times | Kurdish people Syria Kurdish language Iraq Islam Son United States Marine Corps Anxiety
Top Syrian militant killed in airstrike near Aleppo
Shawn PriceALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A top Syrian militant has been killed in an airstrike on a meeting of militant leaders near Aleppo, rebel sources said.
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Top Syrian militant killed in air raid near Aleppo
Shawn PriceALEPPO, Syria, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A top Syrian militant has been killed in an air strike on a meeting of militant leaders near Aleppo, rebel sources said.
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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
2117 points by Russia Today | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Turkey Rebellion The Times Central Intelligence Agency Asma al-Assad
Suspected Aleppo chlorine attack chokes dozens, rescue workers, monitors say 
A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.
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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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Russia says it will host peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been unable to make any progress on peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to give it a try.
9 points by The Denver Post | Israel Yasser Arafat George W. Bush Vladimir Putin Syria Mahmoud Abbas Benjamin Netanyahu Barack Obama
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
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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Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria
A key political ally of Turkey’s president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation — a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration’s current policy. “I don’t ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Turkey Bashar al-Assad Syria Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Iraq Terrorism
Russia: Israel, Palestinian leaders to meet for talks
Wide gaps between the two sides left it uncertain if or when the meeting will take place.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Israel Palestinian National Authority Yasser Arafat Mahmoud Abbas Benjamin Netanyahu Syria Second Intifada Bashar al-Assad
Weld defends running Johnson's `blank' on Aleppo: Anyone can forget a word
BOSTON — Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld is downplaying criticism of running mate Gary Johnson after Johnson was initially stumped on a question about Syria's civil war.During an interview Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Johnson was asked what he would do about Aleppo. Johnson initially said "What is Aleppo?" then offered an answer when reminded it's Syria's largest city.
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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
'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson's misstep exposes shortcomings of his presidential candidacy
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has doggedly sought the spotlight in his long-shot presidential bid, but on Thursday he got an unwelcome jolt of notoriety when he blanked on the name of Aleppo, a city at the heart of the protracted and bloody war in Syria. The gaffe, which was instantly...
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Gary Johnson swings and misses: 'What is Aleppo?'
Gary Johnson is confused about the civil war in Syria.         
7727 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States American Civil War Syria MSNBC Iraq War Joe Scarborough Iraq
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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‘And what is Aleppo?’ lands Gary Johnson in hot water
The third-party candidate for president fumbles a foreign policy question, drawing ridicule.
73 points by The Washington Post | MSNBC Morning Joe Joe Scarborough Syria Mike Barnicle United States Foreign policy Mika Brzezinski
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.
135 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad United Nations United States Syria Allies of World War II Hafez al-Assad Humanitarian aid 2003 invasion of Iraq
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
Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. watchdog on gas attack accusations
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday it was ready to cooperate with the global chemical weapons watchdog over accusations it had used poison gas against insurgent held areas.
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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
1203 points by Russia Today | Syria Bashar al-Assad Iraq War Hafez al-Assad 2003 invasion of Iraq The New York Times Damascus Iraq
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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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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The next US president needs to know about Aleppo
Presidential candidate Gary Johnson's question 'What is Aleppo' disqualifies him from becoming president, says Frida Ghitis. Will it transform the race?
5348 points by CNN | Syria United States President of the United States Bashar al-Assad
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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At least five killed in explosion in Syria's Jarablus: Turkish security sources
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and 12 wounded in an Islamic State attack in the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Turkish security and hospital sources said on Thursday, only a day after civilians started returning to their homes in the town.
19 points by Reuters | Turkey Syria Reuters Thomson Reuters United States Iraq Turkish language News agency
French helicopters to rescue 110 stuck in cable car at over 3,000 meters
PARIS (Reuters) - Helicopters are being sent to rescue 110 people stuck at over 3,000 meters altitude in a cable car that links France and Italy near Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, police said.
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‘What Is Aleppo?’ Gary Johnson Asked. Let Us Explain.
An American presidential candidate asked what Aleppo is on national television. Some of the basics about what’s going on there.
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Suspected Aleppo chlorine attack chokes dozens: rescue workers, monitors
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said.
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THIS is Aleppo
It wasn't the best look for a presidential candidate. Libertarian Gary Johnson was on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday when he was asked a simple question with an ever-so-complicated answer.
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Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
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Black Lives Matter and Palestine: A historic alliance
A new generation of civil rights uprising has now picked up where the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s left off.
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Turkish military says takes control of four settlements in Syria operation
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said on Thursday it had taken control of four residential areas in northern Syria as it presses an offensive to sweep Islamic State out of a patch of border territory and prevent Kurdish militia fighters gaining ground in their wake.
15 points by Reuters | Turkey Iraq Reuters Thomson Reuters Syria News agency Arabic language Turkish language
World War One shells found in drought-hit Sea of Galilee
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Receding waters in the drought-hit Sea of Galilee have uncovered five World War One artillery shells likely dumped by retreating Turkish troops a century ago, Israeli police said on Tuesday.
2106 points by Reuters | World War I Ottoman Empire Israel Syria Palestine Reuters Mongol Empire World War II
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.
32 points by Reuters | Syria Mecca Iraq Lebanon Damascus Muhammad Saudi Arabia Egypt
'What is Aleppo?': Gary Johnson misses big-time on tragic Syrian city
Gary Johnson is confused about the civil war in Syria.         
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