Category: Syria

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Putin orders initiating of withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to a Russian base in Syria and ordered the start his troops’ withdrawal from the war-torn country. Syrian state TV reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Putin at Khmeimim Air Base southeast of Latakia on Monday morning. Putin made the stop in Syria on…

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Is Russia frightened of losing Syria?

The fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seems to have ended. Although the armed group is unlikely to disappear, its territorial control has been almost completely wiped out after its two “capitals” – Mosul and Raqqa – were liberated and most of its territories in Iraq and Syria were recaptured. In…

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What to ask from the next round of Syria talks

Syria’s government and opposition will start a new round of UN-brokered talks in Geneva on Tuesday, but there is little optimism for progress towards ending the seven-year conflict. After months of stalemate, the talks are expected to focus primarily on a new constitution and elections, two of the four so-called “baskets” of reforms laid out…

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Dozens of civilians killed in Syria air strikes

Dozens of civilians have been killed in air strikes and artillery shelling in war-ravaged Syria, activists said on Sunday. Air raids targeting Eastern Ghouta district outside the capital Damascus killed at least 23 people as Syrian government forces continue to increase military pressure on the rebel-controlled area. “The toll could rise further because of the…