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Where next for Russia in Syria?

Aljazeera.com - ‎15 hours ago‎
A good means of predicting what Moscow's next steps in the Syria conflict is to listen to what Russian political and military leaders say and prepare for the opposite.

The Importance of Planning Syria's Eventual Reconstruction

World Bank Group - ‎3 hours ago‎
Can satellite imagery and social media analytics make it possible to plan post-war reconstruction in Syria, even as bitter conflict continues on the ground?
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US-backed Syrian militias not preparing assault on Islamic State capital: spokesman

Reuters - ‎11 hours ago‎
BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias are not preparing an assault on Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa at present, a militia spokesman said, indicating the limited scope of a new offensive in nearby areas where fighting raged on Wednesday.
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In Syria's Mangled Economy, Truckers Stitch Together Warring Regions

Wall Street Journal - ‎May 24, 2016‎
AL-MABROKEH, Syria—Just before this stretch of Kurdish-controlled territory gives way to Islamic State land, there is a lonely checkpoint consisting of a table, plastic chair and tarp.
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Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

Catholic News Service - ‎11 hours ago‎
A volunteer from Lesbos, Greece, presents Pope Francis a life-jacket that belonged to a Syrian girl who drowned. The presentation was at the end of the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 25.

The Journey from Syria, Part Three

The New Yorker - ‎13 hours ago‎
In the second episode of “The Journey,” Aboud Shalhoub and his brother Amer set off from Athens for the Macedonian border. Amer had not come to meet Aboud in Greece alone, as expected, but in the company of a young Syrian mother named Fadwa and ...
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Concerns grow about abuses, war crimes in Syria

Deutsche Welle - ‎15 hours ago‎
However, the incident in Syria's largest city is now being taken as an example of other abuses carried out by rebel groups, including forces affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), at a time when intra-Syrian talks on the country's future, as well ...
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Paving the way to peace in Syria

Belfast Telegraph - ‎14 hours ago‎
So, the way to peace in Syria is to enforce a ceasefire between Assad and moderate rebels and destroy Isis. That is a realistic proposition.

Before Its Destruction: Jobar Synagogue in Syria

Tablet Magazine - ‎4 hours ago‎
A shrine and burial ground on the Syria-Turkey border, popular as a Jewish tourist site in the early 20th century, that later served as a secret exit point for Jews escaping Syria after 1948. Locales in the Middle East and North Africa are rich with ...

Syria: Could Tehran Face Charges of Mercenary Crimes?

Asharq Alawsat - ‎11 hours ago‎
“We have to take a hard look at our role in the war in Syria,” says General Mohsen Kazemaini who commands the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's forces in Tehran.

The Southern Front in Syria

Foreign Affairs (subscription) - ‎May 24, 2016‎
For the past two years, Washington has focused its attention on northern Syria, where it has attempted to strengthen the Syrian Democratic Forces and rout the so-called Islamic State (also called ISIS). It has paid much less attention to southern Syria ...

Syria civil war: Russia calls for 'regime of calm'

Aljazeera.com - ‎May 23, 2016‎
Russia has called for a temporary truce to begin in two towns in the Damascus countryside after multiple attacks in northwestern Syria killed at least 150 people. The Russian defence ministry wants the truce in the towns of Daraya and Eastern Ghouta to ...
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Russia 'bombing Syria civilians to encourage Brexit', Labour MP says

Express.co.uk - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accepted there is a Russian strategy to break European resolve although insisted it is 'probably a step too far' to suggest Russia's actions in Syria are solely designed to apply pressure over Ukraine. Mr Hammond also ...
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NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to 'join Islamic State in Syria'

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎May 24, 2016‎
An NHS doctor who spent seven years working in Britain left his wife and two children in Sheffield to join Isil fighters, it has emerged.
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Syria's refugee crisis focus of interactive exhibit

Daily Mail - ‎19 hours ago‎
"Anti-refugee rhetoric and cynical efforts by politicians to create more hurdles won't make the U.S. any safer," says Aljundi, who came to Massachusetts from Syria in 2012 to attend graduate school. "Thousands of Syrian refugee families are waiting in ...
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Syria rebels set 48-hour deadline to end regime assault

Aljazeera.com - ‎May 22, 2016‎
A statement by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), signed by nearly 30 rebel groups that operate across Syria, said that they would deem the ceasefire as having "totally collapsed" if the assault by Syrian government and allied Lebanese Hezbollah forces ...

UN: Food Aid Reaches 41.9 Percent of Those Besieged in Syria

ABC News - ‎7 hours ago‎
Food aid has reached nearly half the civilians trapped in besieged areas of Syria, but much more remains to be done to help the 13.5 million in need across the war-torn nation, according to a United Nations report issued Wednesday.
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No 'yellow card' for Ahrar Al-Sham in Syria despite massacre reports – State Dept.

RT - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Ahrar Al-Sham (Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya or “Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant”) is one of the largest rebel groups in Syria, and belongs to the Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee (HNC). It is considered a party to the ...
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