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

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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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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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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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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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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German minister urges Russia to cooperate in solving Syria crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Saturday urged Russia to help solve the Syria crisis as he set off for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations in Toronto.

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Turkey, rebel allies have lost hundreds in Afrin fighting, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have lost "hundreds" of fighters in total since the start of a campaign in northwest Syria three months ago, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, with the rebels suffering the bulk of the losse

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Macron calls Sisi to discuss Syrian crisis

CAIRO (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday to discuss the Syrian crisis, Sisi's office said.

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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 age

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Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who was said to have praised "violent jihad," was captured in Syria by U.S.-backed forces more than a month ago, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

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Despite strikes, Syria's Assad can still wage chemical attacks: U.S. sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. assessments following the U.S., British and French missile strikes on Syria show they had only a limited impact on President Bashar al-Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, four U.S. officials told Reuters.

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OPCW experts unlikely to enter Douma on Wednesday: U.N. source

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International chemical weapons inspectors will most probably not go into the Syrian town of Douma on Wednesday, a U.N. source in Syria told Reuters.

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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 neighboring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with

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Assad prepares to assault last rebel enclave near Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army began preparatory shelling for an assault on the last area outside its control near Damascus on Tuesday, a commander in the pro-government alliance said, building on its recent capture of the major suburb of eastern Ghou

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False alarm set off Syrian air defenses: pro-Assad commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A false alarm led to Syrian air defense missiles being fired overnight and there was no fresh attack on Syria, a commander in the regional military alliance that backs the Syrian government told Reuters.

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Inspectors push to visit suspected Syria gas attack site after Western strikes

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - International inspectors were to try on Monday to visit the site of a suspected gas attack which brought U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria and heightened the diplomatic confrontation between the West and President Bashar al-Assad's ma

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Russia to study draft UN resolution on Syria proposed by U.S., France, UK: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Moscow would study a draft U.N. resolution on Syria put forward by the United States, Britain and France, the Interfax news agency said.

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Turkey says not siding with anyone on Syria, policy different from Iran, Russia, U.S.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey does not stand with or against any country on Syria and its policy in the region is different from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

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U.S. troops not leaving Syria until goals accomplished: Haley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

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Oil, gold to gain on Syrian strikes, Russian retaliation in focus

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold and oil will extend their gains on Monday, albeit modestly, when the markets open for the first time since Western powers launched a missile attack on Syria but equities and bonds are unlikely to suffer big losses unless the West s

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Western powers to study options if Syria chemical weapons used again: UK

LONDON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Western powers will study "options" if Syria's government again uses chemical weapons, but nothing is planned as yet, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday, after raids on Syrian targets triggered heated debate over their leg

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In Syria strikes, U.S. blurs red line for intervention

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the latest U.S. missile strikes, President Donald Trump appears to have reset America's red line for military intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

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