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Syrian civil war News

Op-Ed: Iraq a lose-lose proposition for Obama administration

Baghdad - For President Obama, Iraq is the anti-war horse he rode to victory in 2008. Many political analysts say opposition to the Iraqi war was the club he used to first pound Clinton then Republicans into submission.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 14 comments

Syrian rebels and government agree to ceasefire near Homs

Homs - Activists report that Syrian rebels have negotiated a ceasefire near the city of Homs. The ceasefire came into effect Friday. Earlier negotiations led to rebels giving up Homs while they were transported with weapons to rebel-held areas.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Two militant groups in Syria continue to clash with each other

Damascus - Fighting between rival radical Islamist groups has claimed the lives of 62 militants and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes to avoid the violence.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Ceasefire in Homs allows rebels to retreat with weapons

Homs - While there may be no progress in Syria peace talks there have been local ceasefires from time to time. A new ceasefire deal has been reached between rebel and Syrian commanders.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

UN special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi set to resign

New York - Lakhdar Brahimi the UN and Arab League joint special representative on Syria is said to be planning to resign in the near future. He told reporters almost a year ago in New York that he thought about resigning every day.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Assad's presidential run probably dooms any peace talks

Damascus - The speaker of the Syrian parliament announced on April 28 that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would seek a third term in office in an election that is to be held on June 3.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Gun battles between pro and anti-Assad forces break out in Beirut

Beirut - Clashes between pro and anti-Assad gunmen in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has left at least 13 people wounded according to police.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Radical Islamic group ISIL withdraws from some Syrian territory

Aleppo - The radical Jabhat al-Nusra Front recognized by Al Qaeda gave rivals Islamic State in Iraq and Levant(ISIS or ISIL or AQI) five days to agree to mediation over control over the areas of northern Syria ISIL occupies.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Assad forces kill up to 175 Al Qaeda-linked rebels in ambush

Damascus - Syrian state-run news outlets report that Syrian forces ambushed fighters of the Jabhat al-Nusra faction of rebels linked to Al Qaeda killing 175 and wounding many more.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

More militant group may have killed Syrian Al-Qaeda leader

Aleppo - Abu Khaled al Suri died in a suicide bombing in Aleppo Syria. He was a member of Ahrar al-Sham and close to current Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The death was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Dismissed chief of Free Syrian Army claims he is still commander

Istanbul - The former commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) General Salim Idriss rejected his dismissal as military head of the group. He claims that the whole chain of command needed a "total restructuring".
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Brahimi makes last ditch effort to save Geneva 2 talks on Syria

Geneva - UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said that high-level Russian and U.S. diplomats promised to try and keep the Geneva 2 peace talks alive as they are now at a deadlock after very little progress.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Second round of Geneva 2 talks see little progress so far

Geneva - The Geneva 2 peace talks have resumed as of Monday February 10th. On the first day the two sides did not meet together but the UN Special Envoy met separately with each side and took messages back and forth.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Six hundred people now evacuated from Homs

Homs - In spite of mortar fire and shooting yesterday, a total of six hundred people have now been evacuated from besieged parts of Homs mostly women, children, and the elderly.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Agreement reached on humanitarian aid for Syrian city of Homs

Homs - The UN welcomed reports that an agreement had been reached to allow evacuation of civilians from besieged areas of Homs and for aid to be delivered as well.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Russian official claims Syria will attend next round of Geneva 2

Moscow - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters that the Syrian government will take part in the second round of talks at Geneva 2.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Syrian government aircraft unleash air strike in Aleppo, 83 dead

Aleppo - Syrian government helicopters and war planes have launched air strikes on 15 opposition-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

Op-Ed: First round of Geneva 2 talks end with no breakthrough

Geneva - The first round of peace talks designed to end the ongoing civil war in Syria have now ended. There was no breakthrough achieved. Each side blamed the other for the lack of progress.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus a humanitarian disaster

Damascus - Yarmouk is a Palestinian refugee camp a short distance south of Damascus. The camp was set up for Palestinian refugees after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that resulted in the creation of Israel but displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Ceasefire arranged in rebel held suburb of Damascus

Damascus - In another development that will help improve the humanitarian situation in the Syrian civil war, a ceasefire has been arranged between government forces and rebels in an area of Damascus held by rebels.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Geneva 2 reaches humanitarian agreement on city of Homs

Homs - While Geneva 2 may not be able to stop the fighting in the civil war, even at this early stage the meetings have resulted in agreement on a positive humanitarian move.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Kurds create their own transition government in northern Syria

Damascus - Just a day before the Geneva 2 talks began, the Kurds in Syria declared a provincial government in the northeast area of Syria that they control.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Iran invited and then uninvited to attend Geneva 2 talks

Montreux - Objections by the United States and the Syrian opposition has resulted in the UN doing a complete about-face as it has uninvited Iran to the Geneva 2 talks after a last-minute invitation just a day ago.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 4 comments

Western-backed Syrian National Coalition votes to attend Geneva 2

Montreux - After delaying a decision that was to be made yesterday, today the Syrian National Coalition, the main western-backed rebel group agreed to attend the Geneva II peace talks sponsored by the UN, Russia, and the U.S.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

U.S. urges Syria rebels to attend peace talks, slams govt

Damascus - Barely a week before the Geneva peace conference about the protracted Syrian civil war, US secretary of State John Kerry ruled out Bashar al-Assad’s stake in the Syria’s future if he fails to discuss a political transition in favor of rebels.
In the Media by Abdul Kuddus - 1 comment

Kerry and Lavrov strive for Syria ceasefire before peace talks

Paris - As part of the preparations for the Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22, both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and United States Secretary of State John Kerry have broached the idea of "localized ceasefires."
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Syrian National Coalition still undecided on attending Geneva II

Geneva - The members of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition(SNC) have postponed a vote to decide whether or not they will attend the Geneva II conference on Syria scheduled for January 22.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Syrian rebels drive Al Qaeda-linked ISIS group from some areas

Aleppo - After steadily expanding the area it controls for some time, often at the expense of other rebel groups, The Islamic State in Sham (ISIS) — also known as Al Qaeda in Iraq — has relinquished control of some areas in northern Syria.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

Syrian FSA rebels helped from command center in Amman Jordan

Amman - Rebel fighters in Syria claim their is an operations command center in Amman Jordan staffed by western and Arab military officials who give support to rebels fighting on the southern front.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: Islamic Front in Syria refuses to talk to the US

Damascus - The Islamic Front an umbrella group of rebels who want an Islamic state in Syria has refused to have talks with the United States. Ambassador Robert Ford said that the US remains open to "talk to all parties and political groups in Syria".
In the Media by Ken Hanly
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File photo: An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube, allegedly shows a tank from forces loyal to the Syrian government being hit by a projectile in the town of Izaz, on the Turkish-Syrian border
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Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
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Doctors and medical staff treating injured rebel fighters and civilians in Aleppo
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U.N. chemical weapons experts visit a hospital where wounded people affected by a suspected gas attack are being treated, in a southwestern Damascus suburb, August 26, 2013
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October 3, 2012 - Aleppo, Syria: A series of car bombs detonated in the central Saadallah al-Jabiri square in Aleppo, destroy an Officer's Club, hotel and a cafe. At least 44 are killed and 122 are wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Nursa Front claimed responsibility for the attack.
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The docks at the port of Latakia on Syria's Mediterranean coast. Norwegian and Danish ships are expected to transport Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia to a port in Italy for processing and making safe aboard a specially adapted American ship.
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People carry as they lower the bodies of the five civilian activists, who were killed during what activists said was an ambush, into their graves during their funeral in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus November 24, 2013. Fierce fighting to the east of Damascus has killed more than 160 people in the past two days as Syrian rebels struggle to break a months-long blockade by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
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In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, U.N. investigators gather potential evidence in a Damascus suburb, August 28, 2013
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Syria: Wounded civilians
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Syria: Wounded civilians
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Residents pick up after aerial bombings by government forces in the rebel-held Azaz section of Aleppo, August 16, 2012.
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Syrian child refugees in Lebanon
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In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane in Idlib province, August 30, 2013
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Anti-riot police in central Damascus  Jan. 16  2012.
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Anti-riot police in central Damascus, Jan. 16, 2012.
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib governorate.
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