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U.S. air strike in Syria kills more than 100 al Qaeda members - Pentagon

WASHINGTON A U.S. air strike on Thursday targeting an al Qaeda training camp in Syria's Idlib province killed more than 100 militants, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

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Islamic State destroys famous monument in Syria's Palmyra - antiquities chief 20 Jan 2017

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT Islamic State militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters on Friday. | Video

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Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence 20 Jan 2017

BEIRUT Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts.

Germany says helped broker ceasefire for valley near Damascus 20 Jan 2017

BERLIN German diplomats helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.

Denmark says deploying special forces to Syria against Islamic State 20 Jan 2017

COPENHAGEN Denmark will deploy up to 60 special forces to fight Islamic State in Syria, the Danish government said on Friday.

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Syrian rebels bitterly divided before new peace talks 20 Jan 2017

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's opponents appear more divided than ever as they prepare for peace talks next week, demoralised by their defeat in Aleppo and unable to unite into a single force to defend their remaining territory.

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Turkey can no longer insist on Syria settlement without Assad - Turkish deputy PM 20 Jan 2017

DAVOS, Switzerland Turkey can no longer insist on a resolution of the conflict in Syria without the involvement of President Bashar al-Assad, as the situation on the ground has changed dramatically, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday.

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Syria's Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks 19 Jan 2017

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed peace talks in Kazakhstan would lead to local "reconciliation" deals with rebels, a sign of his confidence in a process launched by his Russian allies after the opposition's defeat in Aleppo.

U.S. reviewing invitation to Syria talks in Kazakhstan - official 19 Jan 2017

WASHINGTON The United States is reviewing an invitation to attend upcoming talks on the Syria conflict in the Kazakh capital, Astana, later this month, a State Department official said on Thursday.

Syria aid still blocked, UN invited to Astana peace talks 19 Jan 2017

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has been invited to peace talks convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Kazakh capital Astana, his spokeswoman Yara Sharif said on Thursday.

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Islamic State destroys Syrian amphitheatre - authorities

Islamic State militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre, Syrian authorities have said. Ciara Lee reports.