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Israel bombs near Damascus International Airport

Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the thr

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Fight against Islamic State 'will fail if Assad stays'

Qatari Amir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has warned that the US-led fight against Islamic State (IS) militants will not succeed as long as Syrian President Bashar Al Assad remains in power. "We have to counter terrorism, y

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For Assad, US plan will weaken one foe but bolster others

By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar Al-Assad's major enemies. But the new US strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him.

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Assad 'no ally in fight against Islamic State'

French President Francois Hollande said opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should get more Western support but ruled out seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an ally. Calling Assad an ally o

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Assad sworn in again, vows to retake all areas

Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in on Wednesday as Syria's president for a new term, after an election his opponents dismiss as a sham but his supporters say proves that a rebellion to unseat him has failed after three years of war.

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France vows more support to Syrian rebels

France wants an alliance of mainly Western and Gulf countries who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to boost support for groups fighting jihadists in light of events in Iraq and is ready to contribute, the French president's office sai

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Landslide win for Assad in election

President Bashar Al-Assad has secured a landslide victory in a wartime election that was condemned as a sham by his opponents but demonstrated his tenacious hold on power after three years of brutal civil war. Parliamentary speake

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Syria war death toll tops 162,000; no end in sight

At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar Al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him.

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Rebels abandon Homs, the cradle of uprising

Hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday abandoned their last stronghold in the heart of Homs city, an epicentre of the revolt against President Bashar Al-Assad, handing him a symbolic victory weeks before his likely re-election. Tw

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Mortar strike on Damascus school kills 14

Two mortar shells struck a school complex in central Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens, state media and a monitoring group said. The attack in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim district of Shaghour ca

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