Turkey delivers aid across border as Syrian forces step up Aleppo assault


ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT Aid trucks and ambulances entered Syria from Turkey on Sunday to help tens of thousands of people who have fled an escalating government assault on Aleppo, as air strikes targeted villages on the road linking the city to the Turkish border.

UAE says ready to support anti-IS coalition with troops

ABU DHABI The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Sunday it was ready to supply ground troops to help support and train an international military coalition against Islamic State in Syria provided such efforts were led by the United States.

World, 07 Feb 2016

In Aleppo, underground schools face bombardments and burnout

LONDON At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don't go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky.

World, 07 Feb 2016

Syrian govt steps up siege of rebel-held Damascus suburbs - state media, rebels

BEIRUT Syrian government forces have tightened a three-year siege on two rebel-held suburbs southwest of Damascus by capturing land between the two and choking off their supply route, state media, a monitoring group and a rebel spokesman said on Saturday.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Syrians flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies

BAB AL SALAMA, Syria/BEIRUT Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Syria says any foreign aggressors will go home "in coffins"

BEIRUT Syria will resist any ground incursion into its territory and send the aggressors home "in coffins", its foreign minister said on Saturday, in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they were ready to join such an operation.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

BEIRUT Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege. | Video

Top News, World, 06 Feb 2016

Syrian government not serious about political solution - rebel leader

BEIRUT Intensifying military offensives show the Syrian government and its allies are not serious about finding a political solution to the five-year-old conflict, the new leader of a major rebel group said on Friday.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Bahrain says ready to commit ground forces to Syria

DUBAI Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a U.-S.-led coalition against Islamic State, the Gulf island state said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbour and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge.

World, 06 Feb 2016

Kerry says in talks on Syria ceasefire, will know in days if possible

WASHINGTON Talks are under way about a ceasefire and humanitarian access for civilians in the five-year-old Syrian civil war and it will be clear within days whether that is possible, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

World, 06 Feb 2016

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