France launches new air strike in Syria against IS - minister


PARIS - France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

Islamic State fighters advance in Aleppo outskirts - monitor

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters have captured several Syrian villages from rival insurgents near Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Friday, despite Russian air strikes that Moscow says have targeted the hardline group.

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U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

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Syria extends major offensive to retake territory in west

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and allied militia backed by a fresh wave of Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebel forces on Thursday as the government extended an offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. | Video

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NATO chief says prepared to send troops to defend Turkey

BRUSSELS - NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people.

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Exclusive: Congress probing U.S. spy agencies' possible lapses on Russia

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there, U.S. congressional sources and other officials told Reuters.

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No decision made on no-fly zone in Syria - U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON - There has been no decision to move forward with a no-fly zone in Syria, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, following reports that Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the option of a no-fly-zone to protect civilians.

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After Syria coordination talks with Israel, Russia beckons to Turkey, U.S.

JERUSALEM - Russia ended high-level military talks with Israel on Wednesday with a call on other countries, including a suspicious United States and aggrieved Turkey, to coordinate operations in Syria.

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As Russia escalates, U.S. rules out military cooperation in Syria

ROME - The United States on Wednesday ruled out military cooperation with Russia in Syria's war, accusing Moscow of pursuing a "tragically flawed" strategy that would force it to limit military talks to basic pilot safety.

World, 08 Oct 2015

Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. | Video

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Syria in major offensive, as NATO vows to defend allies

Syrian troops and their allied militia are in a major offensive to recapture ground in western Syria, as NATO says it's ready to send in ground troops to defend neighboring Turkey. Mana Rabiee reports.