MIDEAST Headlines

  • Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home

    MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed.

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  • Syria is death trap for civilians, U.N. refugee chief warns

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Civilians can no longer flee fighting and bombing raids in Syria because borders are so tightly controlled and neighbouring countries are overwhelmed by refugees, creating some of the worst suffering in modern times, a top U.N. agency chief said.

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  • Trump says wants U.S. to leave Syria soon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants to withdraw American troops from Syria "relatively soon" but not before their mission is completed, adding that negotiations over the crisis there should be part of a larger deal regarding Iran.

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  • Syrian government plans to retake north Homs from rebels next: minister

    DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Syrian government plans to recover an opposition-held pocket north of Homs city soon after it completes surrender deals with armed groups around the capital Damascus, a Syrian government minister said on Tuesday.

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  • U.N., EU call for return to Syria peace talks

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, stressed on Tuesday the latest territorial gains in the war by Damascus and its allies do not bring peace any closer in the country.

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  • Russia's Lavrov says U.S. has no intention to leave Syria

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the United States had to intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said.

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  • Global donors to seek more than $6 billion for Syrian aid

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Governments will seek more than $6 billion in aid for Syria at a two-day donor conference from Tuesday, which the European Union hopes will also offer Russia, Turkey and Iran a chance to renew peace efforts.

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  • Syrian army targets south Damascus insurgent enclave

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army bombarded a jihadist enclave in south Damascus on Monday, state television and a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad seeks to regain all ground near the capital.

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  • Syrian army targets south Damascus insurgent enclave

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army bombarded a jihadist enclave in south Damascus on Monday, state television and a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad seeks to regain all ground near the capital.

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  • Syrian opposition says U.S. cannot afford to leave Syria yet

    RIYADH (Reuters) - Syria's chief opposition negotiator said the United States cannot afford to leave Syria as it has yet to achieve any of its goals in the region, even though President Donald Trump said recently Washington would withdraw its troops.

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  • Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over Syria

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Iran and Israel traded blame on Sunday for an unprecedented, weeks-long surge in hostilities between their forces over Syria but played down prospects of a spillover into war.

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  • MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi petchems fall in weak region but UAE's TAQA...

    By Davide BarbusciaDUBAI, April 22 (Reuters) - Middle Eastern stock markets mostly fell on Sunday, with Saudi Arabian petrochemical shares hit particularly...

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  • Iraq's April 19 air strike in Syria killed 36 IS militants: spokesman

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi air strike in Syria on April 19 has killed 36 Islamic State militants, including some of the group's leaders in Syria, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.

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  • Israel hints it could hit Iran's 'air force' in Syria

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian "air force" deployed in neighbouring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate.

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  • Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

    BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - Air strikes pounded a jihadist-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by Syrian state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital.

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  • Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes pounded an insurgent-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital.

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  • Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes pounded an insurgent-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital.

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  • Chemical weapons watchdog: inspectors have samples from Douma

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said.

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