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After exchange of fire, Israel threatens Syria’s air defences with destruction

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. “The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation,” Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. This comes days after Israeli aircraft carried out …

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Hezbollah affiliate killed in suspected Israeli drone strike in Syria

An Israeli drone allegedly shot and killed a member of a Hezbollah-affiliated group in an apparent revenge attack in Syria on Sunday. A missile hit Yasser Hussein al-Sayyid’s car whilst he was driving on the road connecting Damascus and Khan Arnabeh in the Golan Heights. The Israeli armed forces refused to comment on the attack and spokespersons for the pro-Assad National Defence …

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700,000 documents highlight appalling tortures in Assad’s prisons

A new documentary film shed light on hundreds of thousands of documents and evidence that exposes widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by Bashar al Assad’s regime. Through a secret network, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), an independent group of legal experts, has managed to smuggle more than 700,000 pages of Syrian intelligence and security archives. …

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Netanyahu: our raids targeted advanced weapons of Hezbollah in Syria

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the Israeli raids on Syria targeted advanced weapons of the Hezbollah militia, stressing that Tel Aviv will not allow the transfer of these weapons and that it will continue to target potential threats. On the other hand, Moscow summoned the Israeli ambassador Gary Coren, to ask him to clarify the circumstances and …

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Pentagon denies hitting Syria mosque, offers photo as proof

A US air strike in northern Syria did not hit a mosque, but rather a nearby building with “dozens” of Al-Qaeda members inside, the Pentagon said Friday as it published a photo of the strike’s aftermath. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier said warplanes had targeted a mosque in Aleppo province during evening prayers, killing 42 people. “The …

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EU unveils Syria reconstruction plan

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria, calling it a “dividend” to encourage warring parties to reach a peace deal. Ahead of an April 5 Syria conference in Brussels, European Union foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini released proposals ranging from demining to organizing elections. “Too many times the international community has not prepared …

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UN condemns Hungary’s plan for migrant containment camps as ‘illegal, harmful’

The United Nations’ global refugee agency on Tuesday condemned as illegal a new Hungarian law to round up asylum seekers and hold them at containment camps near its borders. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees renounced the plan after Hungary’s parliament passed the legislation — a measure officials say is a safeguard against potential extremist attacks. Hungarian Prime Minister …

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Additional 400 US Marines deployed to Raqqa

The US military confirmed Thursday that an extra 400 US troops have been deployed to Syria, including Marines who will support a major offensive to recapture al-Raqqa, Deash’s de-facto capital in the country. A spokesman for US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, also told dpa Army Rangers had been deployed to the northern Syrian city of Manbij to prevent any …

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Erdogan: Turkey cooperating fully in military sphere with Russia on Syria

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in Moscow on Friday after talks with Vladimir Putin that Turkey was cooperating entirely with Russia’s military over Syria. Turkey launched a military operation in August to create a safe zone along its border inside Syria. Russia also has an active military presence backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart for …

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Syria’s White Helmets, Trump, Pope Francis in running for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

A near-record 318 people and organizations are in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday, a motley crew believed to include Syria’s White Helmets, Donald Trump and Pope Francis. The names of the nominees are kept secret for 50 years, but those entitled to nominate candidates – including lawmakers and government ministers, former …

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