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With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them

Kamishli - Syria's Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone.

US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said.

UN envoy urges Putin to press for Syria elections

Geneva - The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "have the courage" to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged country.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, beginning a partial withdrawal from a mission widely seen as decisive in swinging the war in favour of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Damascus.

French FM says Iran trying to carve out regional 'axis'

Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday hit out at Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of trying to carve out an "axis" of influence stretching through Syria to the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia begins partial withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - The first Russian troops returned home on Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

Russia on alert for returning IS jihadists ahead of World Cup

Moscow - Russia's security service on Tuesday said it was on alert for the possible return of jihadists from Syria ahead of the World Cup and the presidential election in 2018.

Pentagon skeptical about Russia's Syria pullout claims

Washington - The Pentagon on Monday voiced skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he had ordered the partial withdrawal of troops from Syria.

Kazakhstan to hold new Syria talks next week

Astana - A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is scheduled for next week in Astana, Kazakhstan said Monday, as part of a Moscow-led push to end the six-year conflict.

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Ankara - Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara on Monday for the last leg of a day-long diplomatic dash, during which he ordered the partial withdrawal of Russia's troops from the war-torn country.

Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country.

British jihadist who fought in Syria gets 10 years

London - A British jihadist who fought to overturn Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi and joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in Syria was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia said Thursday that it had completed its mission to liberate Syria from Islamic State jihadists, though the UN cautioned that a territorial victory was incomplete without a political solution.

Russia says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

Moscow - Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said its mission to oust Islamic State jihadists from Syria had been "accomplished" with the country "completely liberated" from the extremist group.

Syria army clears last IS pockets west of Euphrates: monitor

Birut - Syrian government troops and allied militia have cleared the last pockets held by the Islamic State group on the west bank of the Euphrates River, a monitor said on Thursday.

Syrian government to rejoin Geneva talks on Sunday

Geneva - Syrian government negotiators will return to Geneva this weekend to rejoin United Nations-backed peace talks, after leaving the city in protest last week, the UN envoy said Thursday.

Russian air strikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

Birut - Russian air strikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Pentagon signals open-ended troop commitment in Syria

Washington - The US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds down.

US military to stay in Syria 'as long as we need to': Pentagon

Washington - The US military plans to stay in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday.

Syria peace talks resume in Geneva, without government delegation

Geneva - UN-backed peace talks for war-ravaged Syria resumed in Geneva Tuesday but without Syrian government negotiators, who sources said have yet to determine if they will return.

Car bomb blast kills eight in Syria's Homs: state TV

Birut - An explosives-laden bus blew up Tuesday in a predominantly pro-government neighbourhood of the central Syrian city of Homs that has been repeatedly targeted, killing eight people, state television said.

Syrian teen pleads for 'a chance' at kids peace prize

Den Haag - A Syrian teenager made a strong plea Monday for the world to give refugees fleeing his country's war an opportunity, as he received the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize in The Hague.

Syria govt still unsure on return to Geneva talks

Geneva - Syrian government negotiators are still unsure whether they will return to continue peace talks in Geneva after they flew back to Damascus this weekend, a government source said Monday.

Air raids in Syria kill 25 civilians: monitor

- A wave of Syrian air strikes on Sunday killed at least 25 civilians and wounded dozens across the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, a monitor said.

Kurds announce IS losses in east Syria with US, Russia help

Birut - A powerful Syrian Kurdish militia announced on Sunday it had cleared Islamic State group fighters from key territory east of the winding Euphrates River.

Lafarge executive charged with financing jihadists

Paris - An executive at Swiss-French cement-maker Lafarge was charged Friday with indirectly financing jihadists through the company's activities in war-torn Syria, his lawyer said.

Syria peace talks in Geneva extended until December 15

Geneva - Negotiations in Geneva aimed at ending Syria's devastating civil war have started in a "professional and serious" atmosphere and will be extended another two weeks, the UN mediator said Thursday.

UN appeal to evacuate 500 urgent cases from rebel-held Syria

Geneva - The United Nations Thursday appealed for 500 patients, many at risk of death, to be urgently evacuated from Syria's Eastern Ghouta region, one the last rebel-held strongholds.

African refugees arrive in Italy through 'safe corridor'

Rome - Twenty-five asylum seekers from Africa arrived safely in Rome Thursday, using a Christian "humanitarian corridor" set up for Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland.

Over 400 US Marines being withdrawn from Syria anti-IS operation

Birut - Over 400 US Marines involved in battling the Islamic State group in Syria are being withdrawn as part of a cut in forces after the capture of jihadist "capital" Raqa, the US-led coalition said Thursday.
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