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Syrian jets bombard plain after rebel attack - monitor

BEIRUT - The Syrian air force bombarded a plain in the northwest of the country overnight, a group monitoring the war said, after insurgents launched an offensive to advance deeper into government-held areas vital to President Bashar al-Assad.

Israeli drone strike in Syria kills two near frontier - Hezbollah's al-Manar TV

BEIRUT - An air strike by an Israeli surveillance plane hit a car in Quneitra province in southwestern Syria on Tuesday, killing two members of a militia fighting alongside the Syrian military, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV reported on Wednesday.

World, Israel 5:25pm IST

U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

WASHINGTON - The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian rebels they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the campaign plan.

World, 3:20pm IST

United Nations warns Turkey against calling buffer a 'safe zone'

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien warned Turkey on Tuesday against calling its planned buffer in northern Syria "a safe zone" unless there is a guarantee of protection for civilians who are likely to flood the area for help.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Insight - Central Asia crackdown on militant Islam risks backlash

OSH, Kyrgyzstan - Authorities in Central Asia's former Soviet "stans" are taking draconian measures to stamp out militant Islam, but their harsh methods and the absence of democratic politics risk provoking a backlash that could bring even greater instability.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Syrian forces, Kurds push Islamic State out of Hasaka city - monitor

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces and a Kurdish militia have driven Islamic State fighters out of Hasaka city in Syria's far northeast, a month after the hardline group attacked it, a group monitoring the four-year-old war said on Tuesday.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Big rebel attack in Syria targets area vital to Assad

BEIRUT - Insurgents have launched a major offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad's control of the west, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Big rebel attack in Syria targets area vital to Assad

BEIRUT - Insurgents have launched a big offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad's control of western Syria, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Turkey, U.S. aim for zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON - Turkey and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep Islamic State fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO member's security and possibly providing a safe haven for civilians.

World, 28 Jul 2015

Syrian Kurds say hit as Turkish army battles Islamic State

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions on Monday, highlighting the precarious path Ankara is treading as it simultaneously battles Islamic State in Syria and Kurdish insurgents in Iraq.

World, 27 Jul 2015

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Syria's Assad: Army focusing on holding most important areas

In a frank assessment to his public, President Bashar al Assad says the type of war confronting Syria means the army could not fight everywhere for risk of losing vital ground. Nathan Frandino reports.