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Syria rebels retake key town in western coastal province - monitor, rebels

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BEIRUT Insurgents seized a strategic town from Syrian government forces and their allies in the western coastal province of Latakia on Friday, a monitoring group and the rebels said, in a rare advance for them in the area. | Video

Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, insurgents kill pilot 01 Jul 2016

BEIRUT A Syrian warplane crashed northeast of Damascus on Friday and insurgents captured and killed its pilot, rebel and Syrian military sources said.

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Syria's Assad: Brexit vote shows UK leaders 'disconnected from reality' 01 Jul 2016

BEIRUT Syria's president heaped scorn on British politicians for allowing the vote on leaving the European Union, saying lawmakers who had criticised his handling of the civil war had shown themselves to be "disconnected from reality".

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U.S., Russia discuss Syria cooperation if Assad halts some strikes 30 Jun 2016

WASHINGTON The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate air strikes on Nusra Front and Islamic State militants in Syria if Syria'a government stops bombing moderate rebels, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

U.S.-backed rebel group vows new attacks against IS after border raid 30 Jun 2016

AMMAN A U.S.-backed Syrian Arab rebel force vowed on Thursday to continue attacks against Islamic State militants after being forced to retreat from the outskirts of a town near the Iraqi border when the jihadists counter-attacked.

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West cooperating secretly with Damascus against militants - Assad 30 Jun 2016

AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al Assad said in an interview to be broadcast on Friday that Western countries had sent security officials to help his government covertly in fighting Islamist militants involved in Syria's war.

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Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area 30 Jun 2016

AMMAN/BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

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Aid reaches all besieged areas of Syria with latest delivery - U.N. 30 Jun 2016

BEIRUT Trucks carrying medical and food aid entered two blockaded towns near Damascus on Wednesday, meaning that humanitarian agencies have now reached all besieged areas of Syria this year, the United Nations said.

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Russia will countenance an Assad exit in Syria, but not yet 30 Jun 2016

MOSCOW Russia will countenance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad leaving office, but only when it is confident a change of leader will not trigger a collapse of the Syrian government, sources familiar with the Kremlin's thinking say.

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Islamic State forces Syria rebels to retreat from border area 29 Jun 2016

AMMAN/BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

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West cooperates secretly with Syria: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Western countries had secretly sent security officials to help his government fight Islamist militants involved in Syria's war. Rough cut (no reporter narration).