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Gas use by Syria a challenge to world: Saudi

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar Al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".

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Rebel videos show US-made rockets in Syria

Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war. They would signal a further internationalisation of

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Fighting will largely be over by year end: Assad

President Bashar Al-Assad has forecast that much of the fighting in the Syrian civil war will be over by the end of the year, a former Russian prime minister was quoted on Monday as saying. "This is what he told me: 'This

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US finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels

The US government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two US security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of US-backed peace talks.

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Iran against 'indefinite power for Assad'

Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not see President Bashar al-Assad staying in power indefinitely but neither does it want "extremist forces" to replace him, said a senior Iranian diplomat. Amir Abdollahian, dep

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Rebels battle for strategic Syria border post

Islamist fighters in Syria battled President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of a border crossing with Turkey close to the Mediterranean on Saturday, part of an offensive aimed at opening up a rebel link to the sea. They

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11 killed in Lebanon clashes

Eleven people died in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which also sparked clashes with the Lebanese army, security and medical sources said.

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Iran boosts army support in Syria to bolster Assad

As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops, sources with knowledge of military movements say.

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Obama considering new pressure on Assad

President Barack Obama said on Friday he is considering new ways to pressure the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he pledged fresh US assistance to Jordan's King Abdullah, whose country is reeling from the Syrian civil war.

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No substantive progress on Syria says Brahimi

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday, but hoped for a more productive second round starting about a week later. His

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