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Guns silent as engineers work to ease pressure on Syrian dam


TABQA DAM, Syria Syrian engineers worked on Tuesday to open spillways and ease pressure on a major dam across the Euphrates River during a pause in a U.S.-backed assault to capture it from Islamic State (IS) militants, a Reuters witness said.


Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia 28 Mar 2017

MOSCOW Iran's president met Russia's prime minister on Monday in a bid to develop a warming relationship that has been greatly strengthened by both sides' involvement on the same side of the war in Syria.


Iran says Russia can use its military bases 'on case by case basis' 28 Mar 2017

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a "case by case basis."


U.S.-coalition sees no 'imminent risk' to Syria's Tabqa dam 27 Mar 2017

BEIRUT The U.S.-led coalition said on Monday it saw no imminent danger to a major hydroelectric dam that allied Syrian militias are fighting to take from Islamic State, unless the jihadists planned to blow it up.


Syria dam not damaged - SDF Raqqa campaign spokeswoman 27 Mar 2017

BEIRUT The Tabqa Euphrates dam is not damaged or malfunctioning and engineers inspect its operations fully, a Syrian rebel spokeswoman said on Monday after Islamic State (IS) militants said it was at risk of collapse.


Islamic State tunnels under al-Bab point to hard fighting ahead 27 Mar 2017

AL-BAB, Syria Syrian rebels who drove Islamic State from the town of al-Bab in northwest Syria this year discovered an extensive network of tunnels dug by militants as part of their defences, a tactic that has slowed the military campaign against them.

Spanish court to investigate complaint against Syrian security forces 27 Mar 2017

MADRID A Spanish court said on Monday it would investigate a criminal complaint against members of the Syrian security and intelligence forces related to alleged state terrorism and forced disappearance of people.


Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism - Kurdish leader 27 Mar 2017

BEIRUT The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralised system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish politician told Reuters on Monday.


Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion - monitor 27 Mar 2017

BEIRUT Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria's Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government, state media and a monitor said.

U.S.-backed forces capture IS-held airport near Euphrates dam 27 Mar 2017

BEIRUT/AMMAN A U.S.-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias on Sunday took a military airport in northern Syria held by Islamic State, close to the country's largest dam that may be in danger of collapse.

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