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Hezbollah Fighters Are Fed Up With Fighting Syria’s War

The Assad regime in Damascus has depended on Lebanon’s Army of God to shore up its weakened troops. But now many Lebanese fighters are refusing to serve. BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon — They joined to fight Israel in Lebanon, but after multiple combat tours in the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia and around Damascus, Hezbollah reservists tell The Daily Beast …

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Saudi Arabia slams Russian killing of Syrian rebel leader, saying it ‘does not serve peace’

Saudi Arabia has denounced the killing of a prominent Syrian rebel leader, saying his death in a Russian air strike last week did not serve the cause of peace in Syria. Zahran Alloush, 44, who headed the rebel group Jaysh al-Islam, was killed when Russian warplanes struck near Damascus last week. His death was a major blow to rebel control …

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Syrian opposition reps need Saudi Arabia ‘disqualified’ from peace course of – report

Syrian opposition reps want Saudi Arabia ‘disqualified’ from peace process – report Saudi Arabian meddling in a complex Syrian peace process will encourage extremism and raise tensions, said opposition delegates who met in Kazakhstan twice this year, Russia’s Sputnik agency reported citing a letter from Syrian opposition representatives. Trends, “Saudi Arabia’s attitude since the start of the conflict and the …

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Syrian Minister Says World Powers Must Stop Fighters Entering From Turkey, Jordan

Reuters BEIRUT—Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Friday that international efforts to end the conflict in his country should focus on preventing insurgents coming in from neighboring Turkey and Jordan.Syrian state media, which reported the comments Moallem made after meeting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi during a visit to Beijing, quoted him as saying he stressed the need to …

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Syrian government ready to join U.N. talks to end conflict: Assad aide

  A close adviser to Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Wednesday Damascus was ready to join U.N.-sponsored peace talks with its position bolstered by both Russian backing and the West’s retreat from a hardline anti-Assad approach. Bouthaina Shaaban said her government approved of U.N. resolutions passed last week endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process, …

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Father Of Drowned Syrian Boy Wants You To Think Of Syria This Holiday Season

The refugee crisis in Europe and the ongoing devastation in Syria gained worldwide attention in September when photos emerged showing a drowned Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, lying facedown on the shores of Bodrum, Turkey. Alan’s father is now asking the world to do what it can to help his fellow refugees. “I’d like the whole world to open its doors to …

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Saudi efforts praised as UN backs Syria road map

AMMAN: Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh has expressed his country’s appreciation of Saudi Arabia’s efforts for hosting the recent conference in Riyadh for Syrian opposition. Judeh said the convening of Syrian opposition leaders in Riyadh paved the way for launching a political process which, everyone hopes, would lead to a political solution to the crisis. He said UN Security Council’s …

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Syria’s Grand Mufti welcomes UN resolution to end civil war

Syria’s Grand Mufti, Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun, has welcomed the UN Security Council’s unanimous resolution for a unity government in Syria but cautioned it had to be translated into reality. “I wish that what has been said yesterday is converted into action and not only words on paper,” the Grand Mufti told reporters following a development conference in Damascus. “That we do …

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Al Qaeda’s Syria wing says truces only benefit government

Truces between the Syrian government and rebels only benefit Damascus, the leader of one of the largest insurgent groups in the war said in comments broadcast on Saturday, in which he also criticized a recent opposition meeting as a “conspiracy.” The remarks by Abu Mohamad al-Golani, head of al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front, came after the implementation of a …

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Lebanon faces new struggle – 1.2 million Syrian refugees

Social tensions rise as slain Lebanese soldier is buried A sustained burst of machine gun fire rang out on the streets of Baalbek, near Lebanon’s border with war-torn Syria. “Don’t worry. It’s a funeral… We’re used to that so bear with us,” said peace activist Assem Chreif. The gunfire into the air came as hundreds gathered to mourn the loss …

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