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Moscow blames 'two-faced U.S. policy' for Russian general's Syria death: RIA

MOSCOW Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that the "two-faced policy" of the United States was to blame for the death of Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov in Syria, the RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

U.S.-backed alliance says Russian jets struck its fighters in east Syria

BEIRUT U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday near a natural gas field they seized from Islamic State last week, but Russia denied it.

World, 7:07pm IST

Syrian militias aim to push Islamic State out of Raqqa within a month

RAQQA, Syria U.S.-backed militias expect to push all Islamic State fighters out of their former Syrian headquarters of Raqqa in less than a month, a Kurdish commander told Reuters on Monday.

World, 6:30pm IST

Damascus rejects Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

BEIRUT The Syrian government rejects the independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Syria's foreign minister has said.

World, Iraq 3:57pm IST

Germany's Syrian refugees celebrate Merkel win but fear rise of far-right

BERLIN Syrian refugees rejoiced on Sunday at the news that Angela Merkel had secured a fourth term as German chancellor, but said they were alarmed by the rise of the far-right AfD party, which they feared could push her to tighten asylum rules.

World, 10:01am IST

Russia, Syria intensify bombing of rebel-held Idlib, witnesses say

AMMAN Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

World, 24 Sep 2017

U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor - senior commander

AMMAN U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

World, 24 Sep 2017

Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorising the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. | Video

World, Iraq, 24 Sep 2017

Syria's Moualem says victory within reach, de-escalation zones temporary

UNITED NATIONS Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help reach a cessation of hostilities.

World, 23 Sep 2017

Civilians leave IS-area in eastern Syria after evacuation deal: monitor

BEIRUT Hundreds of civilians left a besieged Islamic State enclave in central Syria after the Syrian government and Islamic State reached an evacuation deal, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

World, 22 Sep 2017

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Syria's Moualem says victory within reach

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem tells the UN General Assembly that his government is on the verge of victory in the country’s civil war. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)