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Turkish-backed rebels enter IS-held Syrian town

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels entered the Islamic State-held town of Jarablus in northern Syria on Wednesday in an operation supported by Turkish tanks, special forces units and US-led coalition warplanes, rebel sources said. A reb

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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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