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  • A Syrian army soldier stands at the entrance of the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya, before the start of evacuation of residents and insurgents of Daraya, Syria August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2N47A
    August 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, hundreds of Syrian residents and fighters were allowed to leave Daraya, a suburb of Damascus that had been under siege since 2012. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart in Geneva to discuss increasing cooperation in Syria. Also, in Turkey, a suicide truck bombing killed at least 11 people and wounded 78. Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility. Continue reading

  • U.S. soldiers arrive at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 17, 2015. A suicide car bomber rammed a European Union vehicle near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing at least three people in the latest attack in the city, officials said. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail  - RTX1DAJ3
    June 10, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, the White House confirmed that U.S. airstrikes against Taliban targets in Afghanistan will expand, and that American troops will join Afghan units on more missions — though the U.S. will not be assuming direct combat roles. Also, food aid reached civilians in Daraya, a besieged rebel suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, for the first time in four years. Continue reading

  • A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province shows smoke rising from the neightbourhood of Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State Group and People's Protection Units (YPG).
ussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry "hailed" the ceasefire in Syria and discussed ways of supporting it through cooperation between their militaries, Russia's foreign ministry said on February 27, 2016. / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
    February 29, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, the three-day-old Syrian ceasefire has drawn mixed reactions. The UN asserts the truce is holding “by-and-large,” but opposition groups in Syria are requesting U.S. intervention against ongoing government airstrikes around Aleppo and Damascus. Also, a suicide bombing at a funeral in Iraq killed at least 25, including the leader of a major Shiite militia.
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  • Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus
    April 7, 2015  

    The Palestinian refugees who came to the Yarmouk refugee camp to escape conflict have found themselves in the middle of the battle between the Islamic State and the Syrian government. The U.N. Security Council has said it’s time for intervention, but getting help to the estimated 18,000 trapped civilians may not be possible without a cease-fire. Paul Davies of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

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    July 16, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Israel will halt airstrikes against Gaza for five hours for humanitarian purposes after a day of stepped-up attacks that brought the Palestinian death toll to at least 213. Also, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a third time in Damascus, even as civil war roils his country. The U.S. and other countries has dismissed his re-election as a sham. Continue reading

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    June 7, 2014  

    Presidential elections were held in Syria on Tuesday, with President Bashar al-Assad taking nearly 90 percent of the vote. Is the U.S. ‘behind the curve’ in its handling of the conflict? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Liz Sly, the Beirut bureau chief at the Washington Post, about what Assad’s victory means for U.S. involvement in the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

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    June 3, 2014  

    In state-controlled parts of Syria, thousands of voters came out to show support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is overwhelming expected to win the country’s election. However, in Syria’s north and west where rebels hold sway, voting didn’t take place. At one refugee camp in Jordan, displaced Syrians dropped shoes in a symbolic trashcan to demonstrate their disgust. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

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    There are reports that a gas attack hit a village in the central province of Hama on Friday, with both the Syrian government and rebel forces blaming each other for the incident. Continue reading

  • In this handout photo from the United Nation Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, Yarmouk refugees in Syria gathered to wait for food aid in January 2014. Photo by UNRWA
    February 27, 2014   BY  

    WASHINGTON — A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.

    The report by the State Department also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped the Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government. Continue reading

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    February 26, 2014   BY  

    At least 175 rebel fighters were killed, and many more wounded, on Wednesday in an ambush in Damascus, according to Syrian Arab News Agency.
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