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Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria

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BEIRUT Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country's southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in Sunday's presidential election have both pledged to send millions of Syrian refugees home, responding to growing unease among voters about the number of migrants in Turkey.

World, 22 Jun 2018

Syrian army drops barrel bombs in southwest assault - monitor, rebel

BEIRUT Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and a rebel said, escalating an assault that has so far included artillery but only limited use of air power.

World, 22 Jun 2018

U.S. bombs Syrian army position near Tanf - pro-Assad commander

AMMAN A Syrian army officer was killed in a U.S strike on a Syrian army outpost near a U.S. base close to the Iraqi-Syrian border, a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters.

World, Iraq 22 Jun 2018

Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

BEIRUT Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

World, 22 Jun 2018

Syria's Assad gets food lifeline from Crimea

LONDON/MOSCOW Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.

World, 21 Jun 2018

Suspect in German ricin case was in touch with radical Islamists: prosecutor

BERLIN A 29-year-old Tunisian arrested last week on suspicion of producing the lethal toxic ricin was in contact with radical Islamists, and twice tried unsuccessfully to reach Islamic State in Syria, Germany's top federal prosecutor said on Wednesday.

World, 20 Jun 2018

Few Islamic State fighters return but home-grown attacks rise, Europol says

THE HAGUE Europeans who went off to fight on behalf of Islamic State have not flooded back in large numbers since losing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Europe's police agency said on Wednesday, but they have inspired a growing number of home-grown attacks.

World, Iraq 20 Jun 2018

Syrian army steps up attacks in southwest, Jordan concerned

AMMAN The Syrian army stepped up shelling of opposition-held parts of the southwest as it mobilises for a campaign to regain the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition sources said.

World, Israel 20 Jun 2018

Both sides committed war crimes during siege of Syria's Ghouta - U.N.

GENEVA Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and "deliberately starving" 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.

World, 20 Jun 2018

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