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Attack on Syrian security forces in Homs kills dozens, prompts airstrikes

BEIRUT Suicide bombers stormed two Syrian security offices in Homs on Saturday, killing dozens with gunfire and explosions including a senior officer and prompting airstrikes against the last rebel-held enclave in the western city.


Syrian opposition impatient for talks, wants Russian pressure 3:15pm GMT

GENEVA Syria's opposition is impatient for face-to-face peace talks in Geneva, but things could fall apart if Russia does not pressure President Bashar al-Assad on holding talks and push it to abide by a ceasefire, an opposition member said on Saturday.


In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse 24 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces.


Iraqi air force hits Islamic State inside Syria for first time 24 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD Iraqi warplanes have struck Islamic State targets inside Syria in retaliation for recent bomb attacks in Baghdad by the group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday.


Islamic State car bomb kills more than 50 in northwest Syria 24 Feb 2017

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL An Islamic State car bomb killed more than 50 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels, a war monitor said, a day after the jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area. | Video

Russia vows to veto sanctions on Syria over chemical weapons 24 Feb 2017

UNITED NATIONS Russia is ready to veto a draft resolution calling for sanctions against Syria over the use of chemical weapons on civilians, a top Russian diplomat to the United Nations said on Friday, prompting a rebuke from the United States.


No sign of thaw in Syrian talks as U.N. envoy offers working paper 24 Feb 2017

GENEVA U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura handed a working paper on procedural issues to delegations at Syrian peace talks on Friday, but there appeared little prospect of them meeting directly soon.


One question at U.N. Syria talks: What does Russia want? 24 Feb 2017

GENEVA The first U.N.-led Syria peace talks in almost a year are in danger of getting lost in procedure, as officials obsess about who will meet whom, but behind the scenes diplomats say it's largely up to Russia to call the tune.

U.S. general urges caution in Syria skies as Islamic State shrinks 24 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON The United States and Russia need to enhance communication to avoid accidents in the skies over Syria because air space is shrinking as Islamic State loses more territory, a top U.S. Air Force general said on Friday.


Syria's warring sides face off as U.N. tells them - end the nightmare 24 Feb 2017

GENEVA Opposing sides in the Syrian war came face-to-face in U.N. peace talks for the first time in three years on Thursday, to hear mediator Staffan de Mistura implore them to cooperate to find a way out of almost six years of war.

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Islamic State car blast kills dozens in northwest Syria

Video released on the internet by the pro-opposition Qasioun news agency appears to show what the aftermath of an Islamic State car bombing in the Syrian village Sousian, near al-Bab. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)