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Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured

The Guardian - ‎2 hours ago‎
Syria's national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found.
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Russia, pressed to end Syria bombing, proposes March truce

Reuters UK - ‎3 hours ago‎
A Western official said Russia had made a proposal to begin a ceasefire in Syria on March 1, but that Washington has concerns about parts of it and no agreement had been reached.
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As Syria Devolves Further, Allies Criticize American Policy

New York Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
ISTANBUL - Allies of the United States sharply criticized the Obama administration's Syria policy on Wednesday, when the outgoing foreign minister of France called it “ambiguous” and the president of Turkey said American inaction had allowed the ...
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14 hard truths on Syria no one wants to admit

Vox - ‎10 hours ago‎
This will naturally focus much of our national discourse, over the following several months, on Syria. That's largely a good thing.
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US will not rule out Saudi ground troops being sent into Syria

The Guardian - ‎7 hours ago‎
The US defence secretary has refused to rule out Saudi Arabia sending ground troops into Syria, but added that it was just one option and there were other ways the Saudis could contribute to the fight against Islamic State.
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Syria conflict: Rebels 'feel abandoned' by Britain and US

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Backed by Russian airstrikes Syrian government forces are gaining ground near Aleppo with only a few towns remaining in rebel hands.
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Terror trial: Men who helped teen go to Syria jailed

BBC News - ‎9 hours ago‎
Three men who helped a Cardiff teenager travel to Syria to fight with Islamic extremists have been jailed. Kristen Brekke, 20, from Cardiff, Forhad Rahman, from Gloucestershire, and Adeel Ulhaq, from Nottinghamshire, were found guilty of helping in the ...
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French foreign minister steps down with criticism of US resolve over Syria

The Guardian - ‎15 hours ago‎
The French foreign minister has questioned the US's commitment to resolving the crisis in Syria, saying its “ambiguous” policy was contributing to the problem.
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Turkey 'seizes suicide vests and explosives' from Syrian border - ‎16 hours ago‎
Turkey has claimed that its soldiers had seized explosives and suicide vests from the closed border with Syria. The army said in a statement that the hardware had been found in the baggage of a group of 34 people stopped near the Syrian border ...
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Saudis make plans to deploy ground troops in Syria

Financial Times - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in Syria, in a last-ditch effort to keep alive a rebellion at risk of collapse as a Russian-backed offensive by Syrian regime forces ...
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Obama administration struggles to craft ceasefire in Syria

Stars and Stripes - ‎9 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - As its struggles to craft a cease-fire in Syria's civil war, the Obama administration has become increasingly torn between its loyalty to Turkey as a NATO ally and to its longtime Arab partner, Saudi Arabia, and the cold pragmatism of Russia.
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British ISIS fighter who returned to UK because Syria was too cold is jailed for 7 years

Daily Mail - ‎9 hours ago‎
A British man who travelled to Syria to join ISIS but returned home because he disliked the 'cold water', 'bland food' and 'doing absolutely jack' has been jailed for seven years.
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Russia Not 'Apologetic' for Syria Airstrikes

Voice of America - ‎4 hours ago‎
“We are acting in a very transparent manner,” Vitaly Churkin told reporters after a closed session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the escalating humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. “We are present there legally, at the ...
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ISIS, in a First, Says It Was Behind Attack in Syrian Capital

New York Times - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
The blast on Tuesday came amid government advances against insurgents in northern Syria, a signal that even as the leadership goes on the offensive in some parts of the country, government-controlled areas, including those believed to be secure, remain ...

Syria Talks Beleaguered by Terrorist Designation

Wall Street Journal - ‎8 hours ago‎
BEIRUT—As diplomatic efforts to secure a cease-fire in Syria resume in Munich on Thursday, they are dogged by a fundamental disagreement: Which rebel groups fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad to label terrorist organizations?
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Russia hopes Munich meeting leads to Syria crisis settlement

Press TV - ‎14 hours ago‎
Members of the International Syria Support Group, comprising 17 countries and three organizations trying to find a way out of the conflict, will meet in Germany later this week to find a political solution to the nearly five-year-long crisis in Syria ...
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U.S. says Russian campaign in Syria helping the Islamic State

PBS NewsHour - ‎8 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The U.S. says Russia's counterterrorism campaign in Syria is actually helping the Islamic State. Brett McGurk, the Obama administration's point-man for defeating the group, says a Russian-backed offensive in northern Syria is targeting ...

Saudi Offer on Syria Reflects Heightened Anxiety Over Outcome

Wall Street Journal - ‎Feb 9, 2016‎
Saudi Arabia pressed its offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria while Turkey asked for NATO ships to help stem the flow of refugees into Europe, as the numbers fleeing the latest violence around Syria's biggest city mounted. After the ...