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Syria civil war tops Russia-Arab Gulf meeting agenda - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Arab Gulf leaders have held talks with Russia's foreign minister in Moscow as part of renewed efforts to stop the war in Syria. Thursday's meeting between Sergey Lavrov and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers comes as rebels in ...
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Where next for Russia in Syria? - ‎May 25, 2016‎
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.

Islamic State Under Attack in Syria and Iraq

Nasdaq - ‎9 hours ago‎
BAGHDAD—Islamic State faced assaults from local forces on two of its strongholds Wednesday, as a renewed push toward its self-declared capital in Syria and an attack on a key Iraqi city put fresh pressure on the extremist group. The actions—by ...

The Importance of Planning Syria's Eventual Reconstruction

World Bank Group - ‎13 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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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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Shared Tragedy

BBC News - ‎May 24, 2016‎
When it comes to the ongoing war in Syria, the media spotlight has generally focused on action in key cities, notably Damascus, Raqqa, Aleppo and Homs.

Australian boxers fighting for peace in Syria

SBS - ‎3 hours ago‎
For years Father Dave has used boxing to help countless people though troubled times and he has extended his outreach all the way to the war-torn country of Syria. He recently took eight Australian boxers to Syria to train with Syrian boxers in the ...

Influx of US Special Forces into Syria, Al Nusra Prepares for Aleppo Offensive

Center for Research on Globalization - ‎8 hours ago‎
Al-Nusra Front has gathered a force of some 6,000 fighters, preparing for a major offensive in Syria's Aleppo province.
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Pope Francis prays for Syria terror victims, asks God to 'convert hearts' of ISIS jihadists

RT - ‎10 hours ago‎
Pope Francis has prayed for both the victims of the string of the noxious terror attacks that rocked Syria this week, and those responsible for the blasts asking for God's compassion to “convert” their hearts.
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Russia 'bombing Syria civilians to encourage Brexit', Labour MP says - ‎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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Russia Delivers Three Tons of Humanitarian Aid to Western Syria

Sputnik International - ‎3 hours ago‎
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.
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Being a Doctor in Syria 'Means Waiting for Death'

Newsweek - ‎May 24, 2016‎
ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syrian aid workers have pleaded for the international community to do more to protect them from deadly attacks, and to make sure aid reaches those most in need, saying statements of support need to be translated ...

The Death Toll in Syria: What Do the Numbers Really Say?

CounterPunch - ‎1 hour ago‎
What is the Syrian death toll now? 400,000? Less? More? While the aphorism “One death is a tragedy, one million deaths is a statistic”, has been attributed to many, it is likely none foresaw the inverse utility of this concept for shaping narratives in ...
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When the world failed Syria, Turkey stepped in. Now others must help

The Guardian - ‎May 22, 2016‎
Violent conflicts claim lives in Syria, Libya and Yemen every day, while ethnic tensions and natural disasters haunt numerous countries in Asia and Africa.
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Tony Blair calls for 'proper ground war' with Islamic State

The Week UK - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Moscow has expressed alarm at the rise in tension and terrorist activity. "Of course [it] cannot but heighten concern," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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

Before Its Destruction: Jobar Synagogue in Syria

Tablet Magazine - ‎14 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 ...

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 ...