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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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ISIS militant executes own mother in Raqqa

THE LEVANT NEWS — An Islamic State(ISIS) militant carried out a public “execution” of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say. Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said. Raqqa has served as IS’ de …

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Syrian army kills several ISIS militants in Homs

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Syrian army has struck heavy blows to the Takfiri “JIHADI” militants in the central province of Homs, leaving a group of them dead and injured. Field sources told Syria’s official news agency, SANA, on Friday that the army and its allied forces engaged in fierce …

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Rain, wind destroy refugee tents in north Lebanon

THE LEVANT NEWS — TRIPOLI, Lebanon/BEIRUT: Heavy rainfall flooded hundreds of Syrian refugee tents in north Lebanon Friday, as stormy weather destroyed property and blocked roads in other parts of the country. Strong winds that reached up 80 km/h in the northern district of Akkar also damaged tents across an …

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Turkey discovers bodies of 21 refugees

THE LEVANT NEWS — Authorities in Turkey say the remains of 21 refugees, including a number of children, have been discovered in two separate coastal areas in the country. Security officials said Tuesday 11 bodies were found on the shoreline in the southwestern Turkish district of Ayvalik, while the remaining …

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Turkey detains 9 ‘ISIS suspects’ near Syria border

THE LEVANT NEWS — A Turkish news agency says nine foreign nationals suspected of being members of ISIS were detained Monday as they tried to enter the country illegally from Syria. Citing local authorities, the Dogan news agency reports that the suspects were detained in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis, …

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Why Isis fights

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East THE LEVANT NEWS – By Martin Chulov for THE GUARDIAN — For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, …

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