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Life returns to Syrian town after IS ousted

- Outside her home in a town of northeast Syria, four-year-old Baydaa scribbles on a leaflet of religious rules left behind by the Islamic State group as they fled earlier this month.

Syrian paper recounts rescue of downed Russian pilot

Damascus - Syrian special forces launched an operation "behind enemy lines" to rescue the surviving crew member of a Russian warplane downed by Turkey, Syria's Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.

Turkey downing of Russia jet was 'flagrant aggression': Syria

Damascus - Syria denounced Turkey's downing of a Russian jet over its territory Tuesday as a "flagrant aggression against Syrian sovereignty" and a show of support for "terrorists", state media reported.

Syria troops advance against IS in Homs province

Damascus - The Syrian army recaptured a town and village in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State group on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said.

Assad says Syria troops advancing thanks to Russia strikes

Damascus - Syrian government troops are advancing on "nearly every front" thanks to Russian air strikes that began in September, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Sunday.

Op-Ed: Islam? No, it’s Captagon, aka a 1960s amphetamine

Sydney - So much for religious zeal. Seems I.S. is far more drug than religion based. Even the psychotic behavior is artificial. Fighters report they feel like they “own the world” (ahem) and get a sense of euphoria.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry optimistic about Syria ceasefire

Vienna - John Kerry, US secretary of state, has given a positive assessment of efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between rebels aiming to overthrow Assad and his forces. Kerry claimed a ceasefire could be just weeks away.

Op-Ed: Russia discussing Syria with Saudis

Riyad - A visit to Russia by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is being worked on through diplomatic sources, according to the Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Vigil held in Pittsburgh to mourn Paris terror victims Special

Pittsburgh - Over 100 people from all nationalities came together Sunday in Pittsburgh to mourn the more than 129 people that were killed, and over 350 injured, in eight separate terror attacks in Paris, France Friday.

Syria's Assad: Paris attacks result of French policy

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Saturday that French policy had contributed to the "spread of terrorism" that culminated in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 128 people in Paris.

Op-Ed: Free Syrian Army facing increased desertions financial problems

Aleppo - Those groups loosely linked together as part of the Free Syrian Army(FSA) are experiencing high levels of desertion and low morale due to low pay and poor conditions.

Syria army scores key victories ahead of Vienna talks

Damascus - Syria's army scored its second important victory in two days ahead of international talks in Vienna, but the US warned a deal is unlikely without agreement over the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syrian army breaks IS siege of key Aleppo air base

- Syria's army broke a more than year-long jihadist siege of a military air base in the country's north Tuesday, scoring its first major breakthrough since Russia's air campaign began.

At least 22 dead in attack on Syria regime bastion

Damascus - At least 22 people were killed in mortar fire Tuesday on Syria's coastal city of Latakia, in one of the bloodiest shellings there since the country's war began, state media reported.

Russia stops airline from using type of jet that crashed at Sinai

Moscow - Russia ordered Kogalymavia airline to stop flying Airbus 321 jetliners like the type that crashed Sunday over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 aboard, the semi-official Interfax news agency is reporting.

Op-Ed: Everyone at Syrian peace talks except Syrians

Vienna - Talks in Vienna designed to find a way of bringing peace to Syria included the United States, Russia, and even Iran and more than a dozen other countries. However, there were many of the most significant parties to the conflict absent from the meetings.

Op-Ed: Turkish president threatens military action against Syrian Kurds

Ankara - After Kurdish YPG forces in Syria came under fire recently in the northern border town of Tel Abyad, Turkish President Recep Erdogan warned that more attacks would be coming if the Kurds attempted to make further gains against the Islamic State.

600 killed in Russian strikes in Syria: monitor

Damascus - Almost 600 people have been killed in Russian air strikes in Syria nearly a month into Moscow's campaign, two-thirds of them opposition fighters, a monitor said on Thursday.

Cut off by IS advance, residents stranded in Syria's Aleppo

Damascus - Hundreds of thousands of Aleppo residents are stranded and prices for basic goods are soaring after a jihadist advance cut the sole route to regime-held areas of Syria's second city.

Russian strikes bring new hope in regime-held Syria

Damascus - Just a few weeks ago, economics student Firas Kiwani was planning to leave his home in the Syrian capital Damascus, convinced there was no future in his war-torn country.
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