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Syria's Tabqa: a strategic prize

Syria's Tabqa, which US-backed forces entered Monday, is doubly strategic: it lies on the road to the Islamic State group's Raqa bastion and the nearby dam is the country's largest.

Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced «regret» in a phone call with his US counterpart at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Watchdog rejects Russian bid for new Syria attack probe

The global chemical arms watchdog Thursday «overwhelmingly» rejected a Russian-Iranian move to launch a new investigation into a suspected chemical attack in Syria, delegates said, backing the probe already underway.

UN, Russia set for Syria meet without US

The UN's Syria envoy said Thursday that he will hold talks with Russian officials next week but without the US present after previous plans for a trilateral meeting were «postponed».

After Aleppo falls, where next for Syria?

While seizing control of Aleppo will not end the Syrian war, Bashar al-Assad's regime and its Russian and Iranian allies have more control now than at any time since the conflict began, experts say.

Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as Russia vows no let-up

Syrian government artillery pummelled fast-shrinking rebel territory in Aleppo on Friday as key regime backer Russia vowed no end to the bombardment while opposition fighters remain in the battleground city.

UN «appalled» by Syria violence, urges Aleppo access

Top UN officials said Saturday they were «appalled» by escalating violence in Syria, and urged immediate access to Aleppo, where government forces are waging a ferocious assault to retake rebel-held districts.

Pause in Aleppo air war holds into second day

A pause in Russian and Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo held for a second day Wednesday, although ground fighting continued in the historic Old City, a monitor said.

EU not considering Russia sanctions over Syria

The EU is not considering sanctions against Russia for its role in Syria but further measures against its ally Damascus are possible, the bloc's foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday.

US: Talks with Russia on Syria «on life support»

Two days after threatening to suspend talks with Russia on the crisis in Syria, the United States confirmed Friday that negotiations continue but insisted they are «on life support.»

Syrian rebels Ahrar al-Sham reject truce: group

An influential Syrian rebel group, the hardline Islamist Ahrar al-Sham, on Sunday rejected the truce deal brokered by Russia and the United States hours before it was due to begin.

US-Turkey ties fray as Erdogan heads to Washington

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to the United States for only the second visit of his presidency at a time when relations between the two key NATO allies are severely tested by widening differences over the Syria conflict and human rights.

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