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SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

SYRIA POLITICS: ISIS ‘Essentially Moved’ Its HQ From Raqqa to Deir ez-Zor

ISIS, the jihadists and their military command are now centered some 140 kilometers southeast of the city of Raqqa, the US media report claimed.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin On Syria Missile Strike By US, Says NATO Nodding Like Bobble Heads

“What was the reaction of the NATO allies? All of them are nodding like bobble heads,” Putin said in an interview with Mir 24 TV channel.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack

RUSSIA POLITICS: Putin Orders Missile-Armed Ship to Syria After US Attack

“Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus,” a source said. The Admiral Grigorovich is capable of carrying a Ka-27 or Ka-31 helicopter and can reach speeds of up to 30 knots (55kph).

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SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

SYRIA POLITICS: Syrian Army, Rebels Fight Fiercely in Northeast Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his army, Russian, Iranian and Shi’ite forces, have steady succession of military victories over the past 18 months.

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SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.

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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: 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: 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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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: 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 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: Moscow Vows To Press On With Assault In Syria

SYRIA: Moscow Vows To Press On With Assault In Syria

Moscow and Damascus launched an assault to recapture the rebel-held sector of Aleppo this month, abandoning a new ceasefire a week after it took effect.

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SYRIA: Syrian Army, Allied Militia Seized Ground North Of Aleppo

SYRIA: Syrian Army, Allied Militia Seized Ground North Of Aleppo

The capture of the Handarat camp a few kilometres north of Aleppo marked the first major ground advance of the offensive, which the government announced.

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SYRIA: Ceasefire Approaches: Assad Emboldened, Opposition Wary

SYRIA: Ceasefire Approaches: Assad Emboldened, Opposition Wary

“The Syrian state is determined to recover every area from the terrorists,” Bashar al-Assad said in an interview broadcast by state media.

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SYRIA: Syrian Rebels Captures Halfaya

SYRIA: Syrian Rebels Captures Halfaya

“We are now cleansing the town after liberating it from the regime and will have more surprises in store,” said Abu Kinan, a commander in Jaish al Ezza, a rebel group that fought in the town.

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