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Syria domestic, exiled opposition agree crisis roadmap
Syria's main domestic and exiled opposition groups said Friday they had agreed a joint draft roadmap for the first time, calling for a transitional governing body and an end to the brutal conflict. The draft document comes after representatives from the exiled Syrian National Coalition and the domestic National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCCDC) met in Paris. "This is the first ...(2/27/2015 2:05:15 PM)
Kurdish forces 'capture strategic IS Syria bastion'
Kurdish fighters seized a strategic Islamic State stronghold in Syria Friday in a move that could impede jihadist movements near the border with Iraq, where they also control large swathes of territory. Meanwhile, the United States and Turkey are to begin training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels for the fight against President Bashar al-Assad and IS. The main Kurdish Democratic Union Party ...(2/27/2015 3:05:22 PM)
Syria refugee crisis nears 'dangerous turning point':UN
Syria's refugee crisis is approaching a "dangerous turning point" as nearly four million Syrians face worsening living conditions in exile, the UN refugee chief warned Thursday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told the Security Council that "the nature of the refugee crisis is changing" and called for "massive international support" for countries that have opened their borders ...(2/26/2015 5:20:05 PM)
Syria expels 3 key UN humanitarian staffers
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.(2/27/2015 3:35:04 PM)
Christians flee jihadists after Syria kidnappings
The kidnapping of nearly 100 Assyrian Christians by Islamic State militants in Syria has prompted terrified families to flee their homes, activists said, as Washington vowed to defeat the group. Nearly 1,000 families have fled villages in the northeastern province of Hasakeh since Monday's kidnappings, according to the Sweden-based Assyrian Human Rights Network. About 800 of them have taken ...(2/26/2015 12:00:36 AM)
Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted
By Oliver Holmes and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air strikes targeted Islamic State fighters near the town ...(2/26/2015 9:52:45 AM)
Syria condemns IS attack on Christians
Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) Syria's foreign ministry Friday condemned the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) for carrying out attacks on the Christian Assyrian community in northeastern part of the country, Xinhua reported citing Syrian state news agency SANA. The ministry, in letters sent to the UN, pinpointed the "terrorist acts" of the IS group against the Assyrian community, according to the ...(2/27/2015 2:24:06 PM)
Syria's Assad meets with 4 French lawmakers in Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has held talks with four French lawmakers visiting Damascus — the first such meeting since Paris broke diplomatic ties in 2012.(2/25/2015 12:09:02 PM)
French leaders slam MPs for meeting with Syria 'butcher' Assad
A multi-party group of four lawmakers made a trip to Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday and met with senior ministers. The unofficial trip, which was feted by the Syrian media, sparked an angry response from the French government, which cut diplomatic ties with Syria in 2012, supports the moderate opposition and seeks the removal of Assad from power. "(They) have taken it upon themselves to ...(2/26/2015 10:15:46 AM)
Turkish Troops Relocate Historic Tomb in Syria
Turkey staged its first large-scale military mission in Syria over the weekend, sending hundreds of troops and armored tanks across the border not only to rescue a group of stranded soldiers but also to save an 800-year-old skeleton. During the raid in the Syrian village of Karakozak, on the banks of the Euphrates River, Turkish forces recovered the sarcophagus, human remains and other relics ...(2/24/2015 8:23:35 AM)
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