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04/05/2017 19:54

Russia, Turkey, Iran sign deal to set up Syria safe zones

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Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday signed an agreement to set up four safe zones in Syria that the United Nations described as a promising step to wind down the brutal six-year war.

24/04/2017 19:21

Syria's Tabqa: a strategic prize

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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.

22/04/2017 02:31

Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe

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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.

21/04/2017 01:31

Watchdog rejects Russian bid for new Syria attack probe

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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.

21/04/2017 00:49

UN, Russia set for Syria meet without US

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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».

17/01/2017 10:54

Syria talks in Astana meant to «consolidate» ceasefire: Lavrov

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Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

04/01/2017 11:33

Turkey warns Syria talks at risk over truce violations

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Turkey on Wednesday warned that planned Syrian peace talks co-sponsored by Russia were at risk, calling on the Damascus regime of President Bashar al-Assad to halt violations of a ceasefire.

11/12/2016 06:31

After Aleppo falls, where next for Syria?

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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.

09/12/2016 15:35

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

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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.

09/12/2016 14:39

Strikes to continue while «bandits» remain in Aleppo: Lavrov

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that Syria's Aleppo will continue to be bombed by the Moscow-backed regime as long as rebels remain in the devastated city.

30/11/2016 15:42

Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust «tyrant» Assad

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The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in Syria solely to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

28/11/2016 14:30

In major blow, Syria rebels lose all northeast Aleppo

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Syria's rebels lost all the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in east Aleppo on Monday, as the army made significant advances in its offensive to recapture the entire city.

20/11/2016 03:45

White House warns Syria, Russia on «heinous» bombings in Aleppo

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US National Security Advisor Susan Rice condemned «heinous» bombings of hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo Saturday, warning the regime and its Russian backers they are responsible for immediate and long-term consequences.

20/11/2016 01:41

UN «appalled» by Syria violence, urges Aleppo access

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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.

19/10/2016 10:19

Pause in Aleppo air war holds into second day

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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.

17/10/2016 14:52

EU not considering Russia sanctions over Syria

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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.

06/10/2016 12:01

Moscow says Syria campaign shows «reliability» of Russian arms

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Moscow's year-long bombing campaign in Syria has showcased the «reliability» of Russian weaponry, as the Kremlin has helped stabilise the war-ravaged country, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

30/09/2016 22:26

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

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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.»

29/09/2016 17:56

Unlikely US-Russia outreach on Syria all but dead

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On Monday, John Kerry said it would be «diplomatic malpractice» to abandon talks with Russia on restoring a ceasefire in Syria. On Wednesday, he threatened to do just that.

29/09/2016 17:11

Russia has «responsibility» to calm Syria: Merkel, Erdogan

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Russia has a «special responsibility to calm violence and give a political process a chance» in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

27/09/2016 23:18

Desperate people of Aleppo fear massacre: rescue chief

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Life in Aleppo will become impossible within weeks under relentless Russian and Syrian regime air strikes, the head of the renowned White Helmets volunteer rescue force said Tuesday.

22/09/2016 13:15

Syria's Aleppo ablaze ahead of fresh diplomatic efforts

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Huge blazes erupted in Syria's Aleppo as the city was rocked by fighting and air strikes on Thursday, ahead of last-ditch efforts by world powers to salvage a failed ceasefire.

20/09/2016 10:57

Air raids, shelling across Syria after army declares truce over

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Air strikes and shelling pounded multiple battlefronts in Syria into the early hours of Tuesday after the army declared a fraught week-long ceasefire over, AFP correspondents and activists reported.

12/09/2016 10:34

Syrian rebels Ahrar al-Sham reject truce: group

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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.

11/09/2016 14:08

Iran welcomes Syria truce plan, calls for «comprehensive monitoring»

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Iran on Sunday welcomed the proposed ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the United States, but said a monitoring system was needed to stop it being exploited by «terrorists».

30/03/2016 20:52

Assad insists on Syria unity government despite opposition demands

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday reiterated his call for a national unity government, as the White House said his inclusion would make any such proposal a «non-starter».

29/03/2016 13:37

US-Turkey ties fray as Erdogan heads to Washington

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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.

27/03/2016 09:36

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over IS

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Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured the famed ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Sunday in a major victory over the jihadists.

25/03/2016 19:04

Syria army retakes Palmyra citadel, IS number two «dead»

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he Islamic State group suffered a double setback in Syria Friday as army troops recaptured the ancient citadel in Palmyra and the Pentagon said the jihadists' second-in-command was killed in a US raid.

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