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US Accepts Assad Staying in Syria -- But Won't Give Aid

The United States said Monday it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but renewed warnings it would not fund reconstruction unless the regime is "fundamentally different."

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Rubble and Charred Cars in Former Syria Jihadist Hub

Burnt-out cars, craters and collapsed buildings dot the side of a road in the Syrian village of Hajin, after US-backed forces expelled the Islamic State group.

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Syrian Kurdish-Led Fighters Take Hajin, Last Town Held by IS

U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after days of intense battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists said.

The fall of Hajin is a blow to the extremists. The town was their main stronghold in the last pocket of land they control in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border. IS still holds some villages nearby.

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UN Authorizes Syria Aid Deliveries for another Year

The UN Security Council on Thursday approved a one-year extension of humanitarian aid deliveries across war-scarred Syria.

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US-Backed Syrian Forces Smash IS Defences in East

Kurdish-led forces on Thursday moved deep into Hajin, the main village in the last pocket still held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.

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Thousands Flee Bombs and Hunger in Eastern Syria

Faraj was born in the pouring rain on a nondescript stretch of desert road in eastern Syria as his family fled escalating fighting over the Islamic State group's last bastion.

His family was part of a group of around 200 civilians who managed to escape from a pocket of territory in Deir Ezzor province that is still held by the jihadists.

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UN Seeks $5.5 bn to Help Countries Hosting Syria Refugees

The United Nations and aid partners on Tuesday said they need $5.5 billion to support countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees, including a million babies born in displacement.

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Israeli Jets Bomb Targets near Damascus, Southern Syria

Israeli jets bombed several areas in southern Syria and near Damascus on Thursday drawing retaliatory fire from the ground, a monitoring group said.

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Syria Talks on Fragile Idlib Truce Begin in Kazakhstan

Negotiators from Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Wednesday, the Kazakh foreign ministry said, for two days of talks aiming to preserve a fragile 10-week-old truce in northern Syria.

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Stranded Syrian Refugee Leaves Airport for Canada

A Syrian refugee who spent several months in limbo in a budget terminal at a Malaysian airport has been granted permanent residency by Canada and is en route to Vancouver, his lawyer said Tuesday.

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