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As Syria war tightens, U.S. and Russia military hotlines humming


AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar Even as tensions between the United States and Russia fester, there is one surprising place where their military-to-military contacts are quietly weathering the storm: Syria.


Civilians under greater threat as Raqqa fight intensifies - Amnesty 1:08am BST

BEIRUT Amnesty International said on Thursday a U.S.-led coalition campaign to oust Islamic State from Syria's Raqqa had killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages.


Netanyahu to Putin - Israel may act to curb Iran's clout in Syria 23 Aug 2017

SOCHI, Russia Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel was prepared to act unilaterally to prevent an expanded Iranian military presence in Syria.


Netanyahu to Putin - Iran's growing Syria role threatens Israel 23 Aug 2017

SOCHI, Russia Iran's growing role in Syria poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.


North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted - U.N. report 22 Aug 2017

UNITED NATIONS Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons programme were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.


Russia hails progress in Syria conflict, ups bombing runs 21 Aug 2017

MOSCOW Russia on Monday hailed what it said was "a dramatic shift" in the Syria conflict, saying that the Syrian army, with Moscow's help, was well on its way to pushing militants out of the central part of the country.


Hezbollah uses drones against IS in Syria - Hezbollah-run media 21 Aug 2017

BEIRUT Lebanon's Hezbollah used drones to strike Islamic State in Syria close to the border with Lebanon, a military media unit it runs said on Monday, their first public declaration that they had used such a weapon.


Raqqa families make daring escapes from Islamic State stronghold 21 Aug 2017

RAQQA, Syria As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Islamic State's Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building.


Despite losing terrain, Islamic State's attacks rose in 2016 - study 21 Aug 2017

WASHINGTON Although Islamic State is losing fighters and territory in Iraq and Syria, it remained the world’s deadliest militant organization last year, according to a report from the University of Maryland.


Syria's Assad says Western plots against him foiled but war not yet won 20 Aug 2017

AMMAN Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his country had foiled Western designs to topple him but his army had not yet won the fight to end Syria's six-year-old insurgency.

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