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Syria truce extended to Aleppo

The Australian - ‎7 hours ago‎
Three people were killed on Wednesday in renewed shelling by Syrian rebels of government-held areas in Aleppo, state media and opposition activists said.
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Curtis Cheng killer's sister dies in US air strike in Syria - ‎4 hours ago‎
The older sister of a teen gunman who shot down NSW Police accountant Curtis Cheng has herself been killed after fleeing to join Islamic State in Syria. Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad died in a US air strike on the Syrian city of Al Bab on April 22 ...
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Russia foils attacks ordered by 'terrorists' in Turkey, Syria: spy agency

Yahoo7 News - ‎11 hours ago‎
Moscow (AFP) - Russia has foiled a string of plots ordered by "international terrorist organisations" active in Syria and Turkey, the FSB intelligence agency said Wednesday, adding that several suspects had been arrested. "A group of immigrants from ...

Syria's Unclear Path Forward

The National Interest Online (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
Before he joined the Atlantic Council as a Senior Fellow, Hof served as the Obama administration's point man in the State Department for the Syria political transition—a portfolio that was perhaps one of the most mind-numbingly difficult in the entire ...
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Al Qaeda Is About to Establish an Emirate in Northern Syria

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎7 hours ago‎
The Islamic State and al Qaeda use different tactics in Syria, but their ultimate objective there is the same: the creation of an Islamic emirate.
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UN Envoy Warns of New Refugee Wave From Syria

Wall Street Journal - ‎11 hours ago‎
BERLIN—A top United Nations official warned of a new tide of refugees from Syria if world powers didn't succeed in calming an outbreak of hostilities in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Staffan de Mistura, the U.N.'s special envoy for ...

Frenchman seeks to 'give voice to those who have none' in Syria's Aleppo

FRANCE 24 - ‎13 hours ago‎
For the last three weeks, Pierre Le Corf, a 27-year-old Frenchman, has been living under heavy shelling in the Syrian city of Aleppo, driven by a desire to share the stories of the people he has met there.
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A Moment Of Hope For Syria? Amid Aleppo Carnage, Russia, US Extend Truce To Cover City

International Business Times - ‎9 hours ago‎
526632180 Syrian refugees protest the bombing in Aleppo, Syria, at a refugee camp in Greece, April 30, 2016. Photo: Rodrigo Avellaneda/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images; Syria People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel ...

Rebuilding Syria's Aleppo under fire - ‎18 hours ago‎
The goal of the open collaboration is to also draw the involvement of Aleppo residents and Syrians from elsewhere “to look at the past and try to collect the memories that, if not captured, would be lost,” he told Al Jazeera.
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War Equals Profit in the Wild West of the Syria-Jordan DMZ

VICE News - ‎16 hours ago‎
In the desert badlands of southeastern Syria, the largest settlement for hundreds of miles isn't a farming village or an oil town, or even a refugee camp.
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Syria withholding aid to 900000 people, risking new violence in Aleppo, UN says - ‎13 hours ago‎
Refugees from Syria holds placards during a demonstration in the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on Wednesday.
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Turkey says it is 'ready' to send troops into northern Syria to fight ISIS

Business Insider - ‎14 hours ago‎
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to send ground forces into Syria to tackle Islamic State militants if need be, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, as two more rockets fired by the group struck a border town.
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Islamic State killing of US Navy SEAL highlights Iraq, Syria risk

The Australian - ‎May 3, 2016‎
And the United States has increased sixfold - from 50 to 300 - the number of special operations forces and support personnel working in northern Syria, where they are training Kurdish and Syrian Arab fighters to tackle the IS group and call in air ...
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Russian, US military work out joint approach to uphold Syria truce – Khmeimim center

RT - ‎19 hours ago‎
Russian and US military have managed to find an “effective mechanism” to maintain the cessation of hostilities in Syria, the head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation at Khmeimim airbase said, adding that the level of violence in the country has ...

Syria's Volunteer Sappers Improvise Mine-Clearing Methods

Voice of America - ‎14 hours ago‎
Volunteers in opposition-held areas of Syria are forced to improvise as they carry out one of the world's most dangerous tasks: dismantling cluster munitions, land mines and explosive booby-traps as they work to make battle-torn areas safe for ...
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Help for Syria: the 'aid campaign' secretly run by the UK government

The Guardian - ‎May 3, 2016‎
The unit sought to divert British Muslims into becoming involved in UK-based charities instead of travelling to Syria to join the jihad or become an aid worker.
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166000 troops didn't fix Iraq. 250 won't fix Syria: Column

USA TODAY - ‎21 hours ago‎
When President Obama announced he'd commit more special operations forces in Syria and Iraq, I was not surprised. Likewise, I was saddened but not surprised by the news that a member of the military's “advise and assist” team had been killed by the ...
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Turkey: ISIS Must Be Pushed Back in Northern Syria

Haaretz - ‎17 hours ago‎
Speaking to reporters in Ankara, the minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, voiced frustration over Islamic State's persistent grip in Syria and Iraq despite what he said was a near two-year long effort by the U.S.-led coalition involving 65 countries. "Daesh ...
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Islamic State and Syria 'colluding on the battleground'

The Week UK - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Islamic State has been colluding with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to copies of handwritten orders sent from the terrorist group's headquarters.
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The Most Important Thing Missing from Coverage of Syria: The Perspectives of Syrians Themselves

In These Times - ‎13 hours ago‎
Equal parts history and analysis, Al-Shami and Yassin-Kassab foreground the grassroots organizations and culture that have flowered in Syria since the revolution began, despite the Assad regime and ISIS's attacks. Most illuminating is the authors ...