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Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has relied on oil-producing Iran to help him fight insurgents in a nearly four-year-old civil war and also ...(12/20/2014 10:06:37 AM)
Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq
BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani after heavy clashes, Kurdish officials and an activist group said.(12/20/2014 4:07:27 PM)
How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'
By David Rohde and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - (In Oct. 9 story, corrects paragraph 12 to clarify that size of Obama's National Security Council staff has continued to grow, rather than "has nearly doubled", after the White House clarified numbers it had provided to Reuters. ) Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants in Syria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House ...(12/19/2014 5:45:53 PM)
Syria's ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.
Mesopotamian city and chapel with early images of Jesus among plundered Syrian heritage(12/20/2014 5:45:00 AM)
One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria: WHO
By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT (Reuters) - One million people have been wounded during Syria's civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization's Syria representative said. A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent before the war to 52 percent this year and contaminated water have added to the woes, allowing typhoid and ...(12/19/2014 5:07:49 AM)
UN seeks $8.4 bn to help victims of Syria war
The UN appealed Thursday for $8.4 billion to provide emergency aid and longer-term help to nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region hit by the drawn-out conflict. For the first time, the United Nations' appeal includes funding for life-saving food, shelter and other humanitarian aid as well as development support, as the bloody war in Syria heads towards a fifth year. UN agencies ...(12/18/2014 3:32:21 PM)
Exclusive: As easy targets thin, Syria air strikes by U.S. allies plunge
By Phil Stewart and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As U.S. fighter jets pound Islamic State targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war. Although President Barack Obama's administration announced the Syrian air strikes three months ago as a joint campaign by Washington and its Arab allies, nearly 97 percent of the strikes in December ...(12/17/2014 6:57:03 PM)
Afghans fighting in Syria alongside regime: monitor
Shiite Muslim militiamen from Afghanistan have been fighting in Syria for months alongside President Bashar al-Assad's troops, a monitoring group said Wednesday.(12/17/2014 1:30:07 PM)
Syria: where modern and medieval warfare combines
The conflict in Syria is the defining humanitarian crisis of our time. We need more aid and pressure on both sides to relieve the suffering More aid is reaching more people inside Syria, but escalating violence across the country has left more people than ever in need. So warns Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the Syria crisis. As the UN prepares to launch a humanitarian appeal for those ...(12/18/2014 2:00:04 AM)
Sunni tribe in Syria reportedly finds mass graves with 230 bodies
Members of the Shuayat tribe battling Islamic State militants in eastern Syria have found 230 bodies of their brethren dumped in apparent mass graves, activists and the Syrian government news agency have reported.(12/18/2014 4:37:33 PM)
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