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Deal reached to extend Syria truce to Aleppo, US officials say

The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria’s government and moderate rebels to extend the country’s fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, although sporadic clashes continue, U.S. officials …


Trudy Rubin: Trump’s foreign policy is meshugaas

As his remarks made clear, Trump views the world through the prism that defines his entire campaign – the politics of grievance.


Aleppo descends into chaos following cease-fire collapse

Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria’s largest city was turned …


Trudy Rubin: How to solve Saudi problem?

So how do you solve a problem like Saudi Arabia? For starters, it’s time to get the problem out into the public sphere. Obama should release the 28 redacted pages, …


Obama: New U.S. troops in Syria will be essential

President Barack Obama on Monday announced the deployment of up to 250 U.S. military personnel to Syria, mostly special operations forces, to assist local troops trying to dislodge Islamic State …


ISIS abducts 300 workers near Damascus, fighting worsens

In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace northeast of Damascus on Thursday, as fighting against the extremist …


Syria cease-fire at risk as heavy fighting erupts

Syria’s partial cease-fire appeared to be unraveling Saturday as fierce fighting between government forces and opposition fighters erupted outside the country’s second largest city of Aleppo and other parts in …


Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23

Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents involving civilians …


Syria’s Assad rejects ‘transitional body’ demanded by rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad has proposed a national unity government and rejected a key opposition demand for a transitional ruling body with full powers, in remarks published Wednesday that could …


Trudy Rubin: Uprooting ISIS’ territorial power more crucial than ever

Syrian Kurds are the only fighters willing and able to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State. The United States should work to clear the political obstacles that prevent this.


UN envoy: Syria peace talks to resume April 9

The U.N.’s Syria envoy on Thursday set April 9 as a “target date” for indirect peace talks to resume in Geneva, saying he is encouraged by the fact that “no …


Syrian forces enter IS-held Palmyra

Backed by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government forces on Thursday pushed into the ancient town of Palmyra that has been held by the Islamic State group since May, state TV reported, …


Brussels mourns, Belgium on alert as police hunt suspect

Belgian authorities searched Wednesday for a man pictured at the Brussels airport with two apparent suicide bombers.


Trudy Rubin: Syrian Kurds may provide solution

The Syrian Kurds haven’t been invited to peace talks in Geneva because the Turks are opposed to their presence. This is nuts.


U.S. slaps ‘genocide’ label on Islamic State attacks against minorities in Iraq, Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday labeled the Islamic State’s merciless persecution of religious minorities as genocide, a long-awaited determination that resonates politically but doesn’t compel the United States …


Kerry to miss deadline on Islamic State genocide question

A State Department spokesman says Secretary of State John Kerry will miss Congress’s deadline for deciding whether atrocities by the Islamic State against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and …


Britain doubts Russia’s announced Syria pullout

Britain’s foreign minister says he is skeptical about Russia’s announced military withdrawal from Syria.


UNICEF: More than 80 percent of Syria children harmed by war

More than 80 percent of Syria’s children have been harmed by the country’s conflict, including growing numbers of those who were forced to work, join armed groups or marry young …


Syria war at critical juncture five years after the spark

After five years of bloodshed – after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees – Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic …


Islamic State detainee tells U.S. about chemical weapons plans

The U.S. military is questioning an Islamic State militant who allegedly has helped lead the extremist group’s nascent effort to acquire and use illicit chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, …


Trudy Rubin: Syrian mess awaits next president

If the nascent cease-fire collapses, it’s hard to see what Plan B the administration can come up with. The whole Syria mess seems likely to land front and center on …


Syria cease-fire holding despite some fighting, U.N. envoy says

A U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire in Syria, now in its sixth day, is largely holding despite sporadic clashes in some areas, a U.N. envoy said Thursday, raising expectations ahead of next week’s …


Syria truce holding despite growing breaches, U.N. chief says

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that a shaky cease-fire in Syria is holding “by and large” despite sporadic fighting that continued across Syria and growing accusations of violations that …


Russia grounds its warplanes in Syria

Russia has grounded its warplanes in Syria to help secure a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington that entered into force Saturday, a top military official said.


Obama fiddles as global barbarians storm the gates

The barbarians are at the gates and pushing hard knowing they will enjoy but 11 more months of minimal American resistance.


US, Russia-brokered cease-fire goes into effect across Syria

A cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia came into effect across Syria on Saturday, marking the biggest international push to reduce violence in the country’s devastating conflict, but …


Nusra Front leader rejects Syria truce

The leader of al-Qaida’s branch in Syria has rejected a U.S.-Russian sponsored truce, saying the real negotiations are on the battle field.


Analysis: Putin can cash in on Syria gains with cease-fire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a chance to cash in on his gains in Syria by scaling down his bombing blitz when a cease-fire takes effect Friday night so he …


Putin confers with Assad as civil war cease-fire nears

BEIRUT – Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in the Syria conflict, including President Bashar Assad, ahead of a U.S.-Russia-engineered cease-fire, as the opposition voiced concerns about …


Syria government, opposition accept US-Russia proposed truce

DAMASCUS, Syria – The Syrian government and the main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups announced on Tuesday they both conditionally accept a proposed U.S.-Russian cease fire that the …