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Turkish military vehicles enter Syria’s Idlib – sources

Turkish military vehicles crossed the Syrian border into Idlib on Sunday, a local resident and a local rebel said, after Ankara announced an operation by rebel groups in the area, which is controlled by rival jihadist alliance Tahrir al-Sham. Both sources said the vehicles travelled under escort from Tahrir al-Sham, …

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Syrian army advances against ISIS in Aleppo province

THE LEVANT NEWS -The Syrian army and allied forces captured the last major town held by Islamic State in Aleppo province on Sunday, state media and a war monitoring group said. State-run news agency SANA said army units made strategic gains in the rural east of the province. The Syrian …

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Chemical weapons experts in Turkey to investigate

By Anthony Deutsch | AMSTERDAM — Global chemical weapons investigators have gone to Turkey to collect samples as part of an inquiry into an alleged chemical weapons attack in neighbouring Syria last week that killed 87 people. The fact-finding mission was sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical …

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New Military Adviser Ivanka Trump Reportedly Convinced Her Father to Bomb Syria

By Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress — “I’m sure she said: ‘Listen, this is horrible stuff.’” vanka Trump — an official government employee without military experience but with her own White House office— reportedly influenced President Donald Trump’s decision to strike against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad last week, according to her brother …

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Russia Notes Continued Ceasefire Breaches in Syria

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Cases of open ceasefire breaches continue in Syria, chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said Tuesday. “At the same time, the number of violations of the cessation of hostilities is not decreasing. Moreover, there are cases of open breaches of …

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Syria peace talks in Astana close with no sign of rebels

The Levant News — Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan closed on Wednesday without any substantive negotiations taking place, after rebels boycotted the meeting that took place as a deadly double suicide bombing marked the start of the civil war’s seventh year. The only concrete outcome from the third round of …

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Syrian army advances inside Palmyra

The Levant News — Syria’s army and allied forces advanced inside Palmyra on Thursday after ISIS pulled most of its forces back from positions inside the ancient desert city, a war monitor reported. The Syrian army, backed by Russia’s air force and Shi’ite militias supported by Iran, is attempting to …

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The Blackwater of Jihad

By Rao Komar, Christian Borys and Eric Woods, Foreign Policy: Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons. Though the titles of these YouTube videos are written in Russian Cyrillic, …

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Syrian President Assad meets with Damascus manufacturers

The Levant News — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Damascus manufacturers affected by war on Tuesday, state media said, in his first reported meeting since rumors circulated that he was suffering from ill health. Assad greeted business owners from the capital and its countryside to discuss challenges they have …

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