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Russian helicopter downed in Syria

A Russian military helicopter carrying five people was shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Monday, the Russian defence ministry said. Russian air forces are supporting President Bashar Al-Assad in Sy

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Many IS leaders ‘trying to flee to Syria’

Many Islamic State leaders have fled Mosul with their families towards Syria ahead of a planned offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on the city, Iraq's defence minister said on Saturday. Khaled al-Obeidi said he had intellig

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Kerry to offer Russia military co-ordination on Syria

The United States will propose increasing military co-operation and sharing intelligence with Russia to identify and target Islamic State and Al Qaeda headquarters, training camps and supply routes in Syria, The Washington Post reported

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‘IS lost quarter of its territory in 18 months’

Islamic State lost an area the size of Ireland - a quarter of its territory - to hostile forces in the last 18 months in Iraq and Syria and is likely to further step up attacks on civilians in coming months, IHS said in a report on Sunday.

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Family of killed US journalist Marie Colvin sues Syria

The family of American journalist Marie Colvin who died in Syria in 2012 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in a US court, accusing the Syrian government of deliberately killing her, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Colvin

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Russian helicopter shot down in Syria, pilots killed

Militants shot down a military helicopter near Palmyra in Syria, killing two Russian pilots on board, Interfax news agency said, quoting Russia's defence ministry. The two men had been attacking a detachment of Islamic State f

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Almost 50 killed in Syria on ceasefire's last day

Air strikes killed 23 people at a holiday spot in Syria's Idlib province while at least 25 died when rebels shelled government-held areas of Aleppo city on Friday, the last day of a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army, a war monit

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Syrian military declares 72-hour calm across Syria

The Syrian military has declared a 72-hour "regime of calm" covering all of Syria from 1 a.m. on Wednesday (2200 GMT Tuesday), a military source told Reuters. The military high command said in a statement that "a re

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US, Russia in fresh talks to end Syria conflict

Russia and the United States held fresh talks on Saturday on ways of cooperating to end the five-year conflict in Syria as intensive Syrian government air strikes killed at least 40 civilians in a town northeast of Damascus. Mosco

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Turkey allows Nato patrol flights on Syria border

Turkey has adjusted its military rules of engagement to allow Nato allies to carry out more patrol flights along its border with northern Syria, a Turkish official said on Tuesday. "Some Nato countries, especially Britain, co

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