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G7 leaders see window of opportunity for Syria deal

Group of Seven leaders believe a window of opportunity for a political deal in Syria may be opening up that would eventually see President Bashar al-Assad step down, giving way to a new coalition government, officials familiar with the discussio

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Syrian rebels inch closer to Assad's coastal homeland

Sunni Islamist groups have overrun Syrian army outposts and villages in the Idlib province, closing on coastal strongholds of President Bashar al Assad's government, rebels and a monitor said on Saturday. The Syrian army said

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Assad may need his friends more than ever

When Lebanon's Hezbollah first joined Syria's war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, its role was a closely guarded secret. Today, as Hezbollah plants its flag in land won from rebels north of Damascus, its role could hardly be mo

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As regional war rages, Syria's Assad faces setbacks

In the course of a week, several setbacks for President Bashar Al-Assad have provided fresh reminders of the strains facing the Syrian army and its allies in the four-year-long struggle for Syria. In the southwest at the border wi

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Assad urges united front with Iraq against terrorism

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has called during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle Islamic State militants on their territory. Th

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Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay

Syria's envoy to the United Nations says it's time for the United States and other Western powers to accept that President Bashar al-Assad is here to stay, and to abandon what he suggested was a failed strategy of trying to split the Mid

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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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Israel bombs near Damascus International Airport

Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon. Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the thr

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Fight against Islamic State 'will fail if Assad stays'

Qatari Amir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has warned that the US-led fight against Islamic State (IS) militants will not succeed as long as Syrian President Bashar Al Assad remains in power. "We have to counter terrorism, y

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For Assad, US plan will weaken one foe but bolster others

By striking Islamic State in Syria, the United States would be weakening one of President Bashar Al-Assad's major enemies. But the new US strategy may still unnerve Assad by helping other opponents determined to overthrow him.

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