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Rebels seize Syrian town from IS loyalists

Rebels seized a town in southern Syria from groups loyal to Islamic State just a day after fighters captured another town from the hardline militants in a separate insurgent assault in the north, a rebel source and a monitoring group said.

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Three Syrian rebels killed as ground forces launch attack

Syrian rebels in the country's northwest said they came under attack from government ground forces at 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Saturday in what they called a breach of the cessation of hostilities plan that came into effect at midnight.

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Fighting must stop or Syria will split: Kerry

The government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and rebel groups accepted a plan for a cessation of hostilities to begin on Saturday and the US warned it would be hard to hold the country together if the fighting did not stop.

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Ready for truce if 'terrorists' do not exploit it: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire, on condition "terrorists" did not use a lull in fighting to their advantage and that countries backing insurgents halted support for them. H

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Syria talks stalled as army advances against rebels

A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to conduct Syrian peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes, advanced against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.

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Islamic State kills dozens in Syria execution style

Islamic state militants killed dozens of people execution style in attacks on government-held areas in Syria's city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a source and a monitoring said. A source close to the Syrian government side said

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Rebels roll back Syria army gains

Rebels wrested back a flashpoint town in central Syria on Friday, reversing the last of the gains the army had made in a month-old offensive in Hama province, a monitoring group said. The Islamist rebels overran Atshan and surroun

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Syria army, backed by Iran fighters, advance south of Aleppo

Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah and Iranian fighters made advances on Saturday in their offensive to retake territory around the northern city of Aleppo from insurgents and jihadist fighters, a monitoring group said. The campaig

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Syrian army, allies plan offensive on Aleppo

Syria's army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Control of Al

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Russia steps up air attacks in Syria

Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence.

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