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Turkey allows Nato patrol flights on Syria border

Turkey has adjusted its military rules of engagement to allow Nato allies to carry out more patrol flights along its border with northern Syria, a Turkish official said on Tuesday. "Some Nato countries, especially Britain, co

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Assad tasks minister with forming new govt

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tasked the country's Electricity Minister Emad Khamis with forming a new government on Wednesday, state news agency SANA reported. It gave no immediate reason for the formation of a new ca

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Obama, Saudi prince discuss Iraq, Syria at key meeting

President Barack Obama and the deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Friday discussed ways to support Iraqis in their fight against Islamic State militants and the importance of a political transition in war-torn Syria, the White House said.

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US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war cease-f

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Syrian army presses offensive against Islamic State

The Syrian army pushed into Raqqa province, home to the de facto capital of Islamic State, after a major Russian-backed offensive against the militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. The offensive is th

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IS advances near Turkish border, civilians trapped

Islamic State fighters captured territory from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border on Friday and inched closer to a town on a supply route for foreign-backed insurgents fighting the jihadists, a monitoring group said. The hardli

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Bombs kill 140 in Syrian govt-held cities

Bomb blasts killed scores of people in Jableh and Tartous on Syria's Mediterranean coast on Monday and wounded many others in the government-controlled territory that hosts Russian military bases, monitors and state media said.

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Russia urges joint US air strikes on Syria rebels

Russia has proposed to the U.S.-led coalition that they stage joint air strikes on Syrian rebels, including militant Islamist group Nusra Front, who are not observing a ceasefire, but the US responded coolly on Friday. Such action

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Saudi Arabia says time for 'Plan B' on Syria

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Tuesday that if Syrian President Bashar Al Assad did not abide with efforts to establish a truce across Syria country, alternatives would need to be looked at. "We believe we should

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Smugglers made $5-6bn off migrants to Europe - Interpol

People smugglers made over $5 billion from the wave of migration into southern Europe last year, a report by international crime-fighting agencies Interpol and Europol said on Tuesday. Nine out of 10 migrants and refugees entering

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