Tag Archives: Syria

Syria Kurds 'behind Ankara bombing'

Media captionEyewitness Natalie Galley: “I heard a huge explosion” Turkey’s president says there is evidence to prove the Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria were behind Wednesday’s deadly bombing in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they had been supported by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey. Both groups deny involvement. He also said there had been 14 ...

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Syria 'to allow aid to besieged areas'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Muadhamiya, near Damascus, is one of the areas due to receive help The Syrian government has approved humanitarian access to seven besieged areas, the UN has said. Convoys were being prepared to depart “as soon as possible”, said spokesman Farhan Haq. Among the areas due to receive aid is Madaya, where people have been dying ...

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World powers 'agree Syria ceasefire'

World powers agree Syria ceasefire, says John Kerry 12 February 2016 From the section Middle East Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Syrian government has been closing in on rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo World powers meeting on Syria have agreed to seek a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” within a week, US Secretary of State John Kerry has ...

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Syria 'exterminating detainees' – report

Syria ‘exterminating detainees’ – UN report 8 February 2016 From the section Middle East Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Torture, rampant disease and extrajudicial execution claim the lives of many detainees The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human rights investigators say. They accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of crimes ...

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Syria rebels spurn Russian help offer

Syria conflict: FSA rebels reject Russia military help 25 October 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Free Syrian Army fighters have been put on the defensive by Russian airstrikes Western-backed rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have rejected an offer of military support from Russia. An FSA spokesman told the BBC that Moscow could not ...

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Russia 'ready to help Syria rebels'

Syria war: Russia ‘is ready to assist FSA rebels’ 24 October 2015 From the section Europe Image copyright Reuters Image caption Western powers say most Russian air strikes have hit rebel groups including the FSA rather than IS positions Russia says it is ready to help US-backed rebels in Syria in their battle against militant organisations like the Islamic State ...

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Syria strikes 'kill 40 IS militants'

Syria conflict: Air strikes ‘kill 40 IS militants’ 18 October 2015 From the section Middle East Media captionWho’s fighting whom in Syria? Explained in 90 seconds At least 40 militants with the so-called Islamic State have been killed in air strikes in Syria, a British-based monitoring group reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a convoy of 16 vehicles ...

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Kerry pushes for new Syria talks

Mr Kerry, pictured with Mr Assad in 2010, said Syria’s leader previously “didn’t want to negotiate” US Secretary of State John Kerry says he wants to “re-ignite” negotiations with President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict in Syria. Speaking as the war enters its fifth year, Mr Kerry said it was “one of the worst tragedies any ...

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U.K. teens headed for Syria to join IS held in Turkey

Amy R. ConnollyISTANBUL, Turkey, March 15 (UPI) — Two British teens and a 19-year-old man headed for Syria to join the Islamic State were detained in Turkey. They will be deported back to the United Kingdom. Top News – UPI.com

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Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 18 (UPI) — The Syrian government said Tuesday it suspects a U.N.-backed inquiry based its reporting on highly questionable testimonies. Special Reports – UPI.com

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