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Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida's branch in Syria seized almost full control of the northwestern city of Idlib on Saturday, taking over major roundabouts and government buildings in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad whose forces rapidly collapsed after four days of heavy fighting, opposition activists and the extremist group said.(3/28/2015 5:02:14 PM)
Assad 'welcomes' larger Russian naval presence in Syria
Syria would welcome an increased Russian military presence at its sea ports, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian news channels published Friday. "I can say with complete confidence that we welcome any widening of the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean and on Syrian coasts and ports," including the port of Tartus, Assad said. Russia operates a naval base in ...(3/26/2015 8:22:31 PM)
In Syria, race to save antiquities from looting, damage
Workers at Syria's National Museum of Damascus carefully wrap statues and place them in boxes to be transported to a safe place, hoping to save the priceless pieces from theft or destruction. Since his 2012 appointment as head of antiquities in the midst of Syria's civil war, Maamoun Abdulkarim says just one thing has been on his mind -- avoiding a repeat of the kind of looting that ravaged Iraq ...(3/26/2015 11:41:04 AM)
Syria's Assad open to U.S. talks -- if demands change
JC Finley DAMASCUS, Syria, March 27 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a recent interview that he would be open to dialogue with the United States but offered some caveats.(3/27/2015 9:52:33 AM)
Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has rejected allegations that his military used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda."(3/27/2015 2:48:04 PM)
Syria destroys three chemical weapons sites
Syria has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle three other facilities because of security conditions, the OPCW chemical watchdog said in its latest report. The report by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was released on Wednesday to the UN Security Council, which is overseeing efforts to dismantle Syria's chemical ...(3/25/2015 8:26:32 PM)
Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS
A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard. Last week High Court judge Anthony Hayden barred five teenage girls from going overseas due to concerns they too would flee to Syria to join Islamist fighters. He made the girls from east London -- two aged 15 and three aged 16 ...(3/28/2015 1:23:00 AM)
Syria's internal opposition to attend Moscow peace talks
The two main opposition groups from inside Syria will take part in peace talks with the regime set for early April in Moscow, the two parties told AFP Friday. Head of the Building the Syrian State Party and known dissident Louay Hussein announced his party would attend the talks at the invitation of regime-backer Russia. Despite a travel ban pending an ongoing court case, Hussein said he hoped ...(3/27/2015 6:03:32 PM)
Al-Qaida in Syria seizes large parts of northern city
BEIRUT — Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, captured most of the northwestern city of Idlib from government forces Saturday, sweeping into neighborhoods in the center of the city in a powerful blow to President Bashar Assad's government, opposition activists and the group said.(3/28/2015 9:49:23 AM)
Syria crisis ‘worsening’ amid humanitarian funding shortfall, warns top UN relief official
The situation on the ground in Syria has “dramatically” worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today as she urged the international community to bring the violence to an end.(3/26/2015 6:40:23 PM)
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