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Islamic State targeted in 29 airstrikes in Syria, Iraq

The United States and its allies conducted 29 airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq in a 24-hour period, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement on Saturday. Sixteen strikes around seven Iraqi cities dest

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Kurds locked in battle with Assad's forces in Syria

Syrian Kurds battled on Saturday with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish sources and a monitoring group said, breaking a longstanding tacit agreement between the two sides to focus on other enemies in a complex civil war.

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US troops ready for Syria training mission

Several hundred US military trainers will begin moving to the Middle East in the next four to six weeks amid efforts to start training this spring for moderate Syrian opposition forces who will battle Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on

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Lebanon tightens entry conditions for Syrians

Lebanon plans tighter entry requirements for Syrians, a senior Lebanese security official said on Saturday, as it tries to stem the flow of refugees from its larger neighbour. Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees and

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UN marks 290 damaged heritage sites in Syria

Satellite imagery indicate that 290 cultural heritage sites in Syria, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war, the United Nations' training and research arm (UNITAR) said on Tuesda

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Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian Presi

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Over 300 killed in Syria 'hell cannons' attack

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons. Two-thirds

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Over 300 killed in Syria 'hell cannons' attack

Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons. Two-thirds

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US to train Iraqi, Syrian forces fighting Islamic State

The US Congress has approved an annual defence policy bill that authorises American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defence spending at $577 billion, including $64 billion for wars abroad.

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EU bans export of jet fuel used by Syrian air force

European Union governments agreed on Friday to ban the export of jet fuel to Syria from December 14, saying it was being used by the Syrian air force for indiscriminate attacks against civilians. The ban also covers finance and in

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