Syrian army pushing back insurgent offensive, military source says

BEIRUT Syria's army and its allies retook a village near Hama on Saturday, a Syrian military source said, as the government tries to turn back a major insurgent offensive, but bitter fighting continued, a war monitor said.

Air strike kills 16 in Syrian prison - Observatory

BEIRUT At least 16 people died after a Friday night air strike on a prison in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province including both prisoners and staff, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Saturday.

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U.S.'s Tillerson to visit Turkey as Raqqa operation heats up

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with senior Turkish officials in Ankara next week, in talks that could be vital to an advancing U.S.-backed campaign to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday.

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Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N.

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.

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U.S.-led coalition helps train Raqqa police - Syrian Kurdish officials

BEIRUT The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State is helping to train a police force for the Syrian city of Raqqa in anticipation of its capture from the militants, two Kurdish officials said on Friday.

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Syrian negotiator puts 'terrorism' at centre of Geneva talks

GENEVA Syria's chief negotiator at U.N. peace talks in Geneva on Friday delivered a 40 minute polemic attacking the political and armed opposition and their foreign backers, labelling them all "terrorists".

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Five children among 11 Syrians killed as boat sinks off Turkey - DHA

ANKARA Five children were among 11 Syrians killed after their plastic boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the Dogan news agency said, the first such reported incident in months on an illegal migrant route meant to have been all but shut down.

World, 24 Mar 2017

Corrected: Syrian militia reaches Tabqa dam - SDF official

(Corrects title of French defence minister in last paragraph)

World, 24 Mar 2017

Russians bombing Syrian rebels near Hama, Syrian military source says

BEIRUT Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday.

World, 24 Mar 2017

Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack ahead of renewed peace talks

BEIRUT Jihadists and other rebel groups made advances against the Syrian army north of Hama on Thursday, a monitor said, part of their biggest offensive for months, underscoring bleak prospects for peace talks that resume later in the day.

World, Top News 23 Mar 2017

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Iran ups game in Yemen's proxy war

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to the Shi'ite Houthis in Yemen, sources have told Reuters, stepping up Tehran's involvement in a civil war that could change the regional balance of power. Reuters' Jonathan Saul reports.