Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa


MUNICH/BEIRUT Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. | Video

Turkish military shelled Kurdish militia in Syria - government source 7:19pm GMT

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's military shelled Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria on Saturday, a Turkish government source said, hours after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that Ankara would act if it faced a threat from across the border.

Syrian army intends move into ISIS stronghold of Raqqa province - source 4:27pm GMT

BEIRUT The Syrian army intends to advance into Islamic State-held Raqqa province having captured positions at the provincial border of the jihadists' stronghold, a Syrian military source said on Saturday.


Under fire for Syria bombings, Russia denies hitting civilians 3:36pm GMT

MUNICH The United States and France criticised Russia on Saturday for bombing civilians in Syria, a charge Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected as major powers bickered openly a day after agreeing to a pause in combat. | Video


Saudi Arabia to send planes to Turkey for Islamic State fight - media 11:54am GMT

ISTANBUL Saudi Arabia will send aircraft to NATO-member Turkey's Incirlik air base for the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was reported as saying on Saturday.


Clooney says refugee crisis is huge, U.S. Muslim ban won't happen 12:33am GMT

BERLIN George Clooney said on Friday the refugee crisis is bigger than the headline-grabbing exodus from Syria and Iraq, and he believes Americans "will do the right thing" by rejecting Donald Trump and calls to ban Muslims entering the United States. | Video


'No Bashar al-Assad in the future', says Saudi foreign minister - report 12 Feb 2016

BERLIN Bashar al-Assad will not be ruling Syria in the future and Russia's military interventions will not help him stay in power, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a German newspaper in an interview published on Saturday.

Syria rebels say get more missiles from Assad's enemies 12 Feb 2016

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's foreign enemies have sent rebels new supplies of ground-to-ground missiles to confront a Russian-backed offensive by the government near Aleppo, stepping up support in response to the attack, two rebel commanders said.


Iran says ready to put rivalries aside with Saudi Arabia 12 Feb 2016

MUNICH Iran and Saudi Arabia must overcome strained relations and work for stability in Syria and the Middle East, Iran's foreign minister said on Friday, a day after Syrian peace talks brought the rivals to the same table for the first time in months.


U.S. sees Saudi Arabia and UAE sending commandos to Syria 12 Feb 2016

BRUSSELS U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he expected both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to send special operations forces to Syria to help local opposition fighters in their drive to retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State.

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Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground

While world leaders meet in Germany for a security conference, fighting shows no signs of letting up in Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.