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SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: U.N. Abandons ‘Political Transition’ Phrase on Syria Talks in Concession to Assad

“Political transition” is a phrase understood by the opposition to mean a removal of Syrian President Bashar al Assad or at least an erosion of his powers.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Almost Taken al-Bab

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkey Military Says Almost Taken al-Bab

“The operation to gain complete control of the al-Bab region has neared its end and the resistance of the Daesh terror group has largely been broken,” the Turkish military statement said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

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SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

SYRIA POLITICS: New U.N. Team to Bring Syria War Crimes to Court

“We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people,” a U.N. human rights official told Reuters.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Ready for Prisoner Swaps With Rebels

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Ready for Prisoner Swaps With Rebels

This month, in a rare move, the Syrian government and rebel groups swapped dozens of women prisoners and hostages, some of them with their children, in Hama province in northwestern Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Hezbollah Backs Syria Ceasefire, Political Talks

SYRIA POLITICS: Hezbollah Backs Syria Ceasefire, Political Talks

Lebanese Hezbollah movement strongly supports the Syrian ceasefire agreed on in Kazakhstan and any truce that could lead to a political solution, its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Rejects Safe Zones in Syria

President Bashar al-Assad rejected the creation of safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria, an idea supported by U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a transcript from an interview with Yahoo News released on Friday.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Turkish Army, Free Syrian Army Attack Islamic State

SYRIA POLITICS: Turkish Army, Free Syrian Army Attack Islamic State

“The battles began a short while ago to complete what had been achieved yesterday,” said a commander of a leading FSA group fighting in al-Bab, who requested anonymity.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Allies Cut Off Islamic State Supply Route Near al-Bab: Monitor

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Allies Cut Off Islamic State Supply Route Near al-Bab: Monitor

Syrian army’s advance towards al-Bab risks triggering a confrontation with the Turkish military and its allies, groups fighting under the Free Syria Army banner, which have been waging their own campaign to take the city.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Says It Will Press On Against Islamic State Near Aleppo

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Says It Will Press On Against Islamic State Near Aleppo

Syrian army signalled it would press on with operations against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo, in a veiled warning to Turkey which backs a separate military campaign in northern Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Warns Trump Against Safe Zones Set Up Without His Consent

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Warns Trump Against Safe Zones Set Up Without His Consent

Rebel backers including Qatar have welcomed Trump’s support for safe zones, and Turkey says it is waiting to see the outcome of the U.S. president’s pledge.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Army Recaptures All Towns, Villages in Wadi Barada Valley Near Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Bashar al-Assad Army Recaptures All Towns, Villages in Wadi Barada Valley Near Damascus

Military support from President Bashar al-Assad’s foreign allies, including Russia, Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah, have been instrumental in helping turn the nearly six-year civil war in his favour.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Army Wins Water Spring Near Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Army Wins Water Spring Near Damascus

“The Syrian army has entered Ain al-Fija … and raised the Syrian flag over the spring installation,” the Hezbollah media unit’s statement said. It said this was part of a deal reached with insurgents, who under the agreement would depart the area.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Trump’s Hopes for Syria Safe Zones May Force Decision On Assad

SYRIA POLITICS: Trump’s Hopes for Syria Safe Zones May Force Decision On Assad

President Donald Trump’s push to create safe zones in Syria could force him to make some risky decisions about how far to go to protect refugees, including shooting down Syrian or Russian aircraft or committing thousands of U.S. troops, experts said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Launch Assault On Rebels Attending Peace Talks

SYRIA POLITICS: Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Launch Assault On Rebels Attending Peace Talks

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham targeted FSA groups in northwestern Syria in an area representing the rebellion’s main territorial foothold after the opposition’s defeat in Aleppo last month.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Truce Update: Russia, Turkey, Iran Near Deal

SYRIA POLITICS: Truce Update: Russia, Turkey, Iran Near Deal

Delegations from the Syrian government and opposition were holding indirect talks for a second day in the Kazakh capital at a time when Turkey, which backs the rebels, and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, each want to disentangle themselves from the fighting.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Russia: Defend Ceasefire

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Russia: Defend Ceasefire

“It’s a real test of the power of Russia and its influence over the regime and Iran as a guarantor of the deal, so if it fails in this role there will follow bigger failures,” Mohammad Alloush said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

SYRIA POLITICS: Rebels to Attend Peace Talks in Kazakhstan

Russia, Assad set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Advances Towards Damaged Damascus Water Source

The army and the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah gained complete control of the town of Baseimah, taking them close to Ain al-Fija where the water springs are located.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Peace Talks: Assad to Negotiate Everything

SYRIA POLITICS: Peace Talks: Assad to Negotiate Everything

Assad: “Who will be there from the other side? Will it be a real Syrian opposition? If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

SYRIA POLITICS: Air Strikes Resume On Rebel-Held Damascus Water

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes began on Sunday morning, after a lull since Saturday morning during which a new round of negotiations over repairs took place.

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