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Russia sends fighter jets to Armenia base near Turkey

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that Moscow has deployed several fighter jets and a transport helicopter to Russia’s airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey. Four fourth-generation Mikoyan MiG-29 aircraft and a number of modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mil Mi-8MT helicopter have been …

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Syria ceasefire talks delayed: Russia

THE LEVANT NEWS: Russia said U.N.-led talks planned for Saturday between major international players on establishing a ceasefire in Syria had been postponed, as wrangling dragged on between the various sides. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies that the meeting in Geneva had been put back to …

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US, Russia commit to further Syrian aid

THE LEVANT NEWS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday and the two “recommitted” themselves to continued deliveries of aid to those affected by the war in Syria, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. They also discussed the progress negotiators …

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Russia drops aid on besieged Syrian city

THE LEVANT NEWS — DAMASCUS: Russian cargo planes have delivered humanitarian aid to government-held neighborhoods in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zor city, activists said Thursday. They carried out the air drops on areas besieged by ISIS on Wednesday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. State news agency SANA quoted a …

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Syrian government delegation in Geneva for peace talks

THE LEVANT NEWS — GENEVA: The Syrian government delegation to U.N.-brokered peace talks arrived in Geneva Friday afternoon, a source close to the government told AFP, while the attendance of key opposition figures remained unclear. “The government delegation, headed by (Syria’s U.N. ambassador) Bashar al-Jaafari, has arrived to the Geneva …

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Sky News EXCLUSIVE: Inside ISIS Terror Weapons Lab

THE LEVANT NEWS — Experts describe the footage obtained by Sky News of a “jihadi technical college” as an intelligence gold mine.   By Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent Terror group Islamic State is employing scientists and weapons experts to train jihadists to carry out sophisticated “spectacular” attacks in …

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Army hammers militant posts on e. Lebanon border

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army Tuesday pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeast Lebanon border town of Ras Baalbek. The state-run National News Agency reported that the Tuesday morning shelling came from the nearby village of Marabda in the northern Bekaa Valley. No casualties were …

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Lebanon’s ‘shortsighted’ policy harms Syrians: HRW

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s entry restrictions for Syrian nationals are preventing many refugees from renewing their residency permits and putting them at enormous risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. “Lebanon’s shortsighted policies are setting the stage for a potentially explosive situation,” deputy Middle East director …

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Aid convoys depart for besieged Syrian town, villages

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Aid convoys headed for a besieged Syrian town where thousands are trapped and the United Nations says people are reported to have died of starvation. Trucks headed for Madaya, near the Lebanese border, and two villages in the northwest of the country on Monday, the …

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Iran won’t let Saudi fuel Syria crisis: Zarif

THE LEVANT NEWS — Iran says it will not allow Saudi Arabia’s provocations to adversely affect ongoing efforts aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria. “What we are [currently] witnessing in the arena of regional developments is Saudi Arabia’s agitating approach,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the visiting …

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