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Syrian forces widen south west offensive, some rebels leave for north

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AMMAN/BEIRUT Syrian government forces widened their offensive in the country's southwest on Sunday to Quneitra province, a region adjoining the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor and rebel sources said.

Deraa rebels prepare to leave south Syria for rebel-held north 15 Jul 2018

AMMAN/BEIRUT Hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters and their families were preparing to leave Deraa city in southwest Syria on Sunday, to be taken on buses to opposition-held areas in the north, rebels told Reuters.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Syrian government forces targeting Idlib could destroy accord - source 14 Jul 2018

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday an accord aimed at containing the Syrian conflict could be destroyed if Syrian government forces target the Idlib region, a Turkish presidential source said.

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Macron to discuss Syria, Iran and Ukraine with Putin on Sunday - Elysee 14 Jul 2018

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Syria, Iran and Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Moscow on Sunday, the day of the soccer World Cup final between France and Croatia, a source at the French president's office said.

Air strike on IS-held area kills dozens in Syria-Observatory 13 Jul 2018

BEIRUT An air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led international forces or Iraq, struck an Islamic State-held area of eastern Syria, killing 54 people including 28 civilians as well as members of the jihadist group, a war monitor said on Friday.

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Syrian state raises flag in birthplace of revolt 12 Jul 2018

AMMAN/BEIRUT The Syrian government raised the national flag on Thursday over areas of Deraa city that have been in rebel hands for years, a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad in the birthplace of the revolt against his rule.

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Israel to Russia - Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria 12 Jul 2018

JERUSALEM/MOSCOW Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said. | Video

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Syrian state flag to be raised in birthplace of 2011 uprising, residents say 12 Jul 2018

AMMAN Vehicles belonging to the Syrian state, accompanied by Russian military police, entered part of Deraa on Thursday to raise the national flag over the city, birthplace of the revolt that spawned the seven-year civil war.

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Israel says it hits Syrian army posts after drone incursion 12 Jul 2018

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM Israel attacked Syrian army posts on Thursday near the Golan frontier after a drone incursion, but signalled it would not impede President Bashar al-Assad's battle to recover south Syria from rebels.

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Syria widens assault in southwest, hits IS pocket 11 Jul 2018

AMMAN/BEIRUT The Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest on Wednesday, extending it to an enclave held by Islamic State-affiliated fighters as Russian warplanes targeted the area, a war monitor said.

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