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SYRIA POLITICS: Islamic State, Syria’s Army Fight Over Palmyra

SYRIA POLITICS: Islamic State, Syria’s Army Fight Over Palmyra

Islamic State militants and Syria’s Russian-backed army fought over the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Sunday, with both sides claiming the upper hand.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 8,000 Syrians Fled Rebel-Held Aleppo In 24 Hours

SYRIA POLITICS: 8,000 Syrians Fled Rebel-Held Aleppo In 24 Hours

Russian military said 14 rebels had also surrendered to Syrian government forces, laying down their weapons and crossing into western Aleppo.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia’s Says US Dragging Out Talks On Aleppo

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia’s Says US Dragging Out Talks On Aleppo

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of stalling talks on evacuating remaining rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Rebels Call For 5-Day Ceasefire

SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Rebels Call For 5-Day Ceasefire

Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called for an immediate five-day ceasefire, negotiations about the future of the city and for medical and civilian evacuations.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad’s Troops Ready To Take Aleppo’s Old City

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad’s Troops Ready To Take Aleppo’s Old City

Rebel-held districts of Aleppo, reduced to a few kilometers across, where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped, looks set to fall.

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SYRIA POLITICS: No 7-Day Truce, No Halting In Offensive Against Rebels, Russia Vetoes UN Security Council Resolution

SYRIA POLITICS: No 7-Day Truce, No Halting In Offensive Against Rebels, Russia Vetoes UN Security Council Resolution

Syrian government and its allies are now about 800 metres from the citadel. They’re in control of 60 percent of what used to be the rebel-controlled east.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia To Start Talks With US On Aleppo Rebel Withdrawal

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia To Start Talks With US On Aleppo Rebel Withdrawal

“Those armed groups who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be considered to be terrorists,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Do Or Die, Rebels Tell US They Won’t Leave Aleppo

SYRIA POLITICS: Do Or Die, Rebels Tell US They Won’t Leave Aleppo

Restoring full control over Aleppo would mark the biggest triumph yet for Assad in a war that spiraled from protests against his rule in 2011.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Rebels Lose More Ground In Aleppo

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Rebels Lose More Ground In Aleppo

Syrian government forces captured 60 percent of the area previously held by rebels in eastern Aleppo after gaining new ground on the city’s eastern edge.

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SYRIA POLITICS: 30,000 Flee East Aleppo, Russia Wants Humanitarian Corridors – UN

SYRIA POLITICS: 30,000 Flee East Aleppo, Russia Wants Humanitarian Corridors – UN

United Nations is scaling up its presence in western Aleppo to help with aid effort but also to monitor the treatment of people fleeing the besieged zone.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Rebels Hope To Reverse Fortunes With New Alliance

SYRIA POLITICS: Aleppo Rebels Hope To Reverse Fortunes With New Alliance

Jabha Shamiya group has received support from Turkey and other states that want Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad removed from power.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad, Allies To Seize All Aleppo Before Trump Takes Power

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad, Allies To Seize All Aleppo Before Trump Takes Power

Syria and its allies to drive rebels from Aleppo before Donald Trump takes office as U.S. President, senior official in pro-Damascus military alliance said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Seizes Key Aleppo Area From Rebels

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Seizes Key Aleppo Area From Rebels

Syrian army and its allies drove rebels from strategically important area of eastern Aleppo, the army and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Soldier Fighting ISIS Killed

SYRIA POLITICS: US Soldier Fighting ISIS Killed

US Defence Secretary Carter said the soldier’s death was painful reminder of the dangers our men and women in uniform face around the world to keep us safe.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Rebels Face Uncertain Future With Trump Win

SYRIA POLITICS: Syria Rebels Face Uncertain Future With Trump Win

The president-elect Donald Trump has signaled opposition to U.S. support for the Syrian rebels, and an overhaul of policy on Syria.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Battle For Aleppo Escalates

SYRIA POLITICS: Battle For Aleppo Escalates

U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced a “very bleak moment” with no food or medical supplies.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Keen To Ally With Trump To Defeat ISIS

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Keen To Ally With Trump To Defeat ISIS

Assad said Donald Trump the Republican leader had made promising comments on the need to battle Islamists in Syria’s war but “can he deliver?”

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Hopes To Benefit From Trump’s Election Win

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad Hopes To Benefit From Trump’s Election Win

Syrian Assad and his allies hope to benefit from Donald Trump’s election win, believing it has saved them from an interventionist Clinton administration.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District, Rebels Fight On

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army Takes Aleppo District, Rebels Fight On

A Syrian military source said the army and allied forces were in complete control of the area and surrounding hills.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Advance Slows As Militants Melt Away

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Advance Slows As Militants Melt Away

Across the border, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters announced on Sunday the start of their own campaign to recapture Islamic State’s Syrian bastion of Raqqa.

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