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Syria Regime Launched Chemical Attacks, IS Used Mustard Gas

A U.N. investigation has established that President Bashar Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by Agence France Presse on Wednesday.

The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to draw conclusions in the other six cases that it has been investigating over the past year.

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Turkey Tanks Roll into Syria as Ankara-Backed Rebels Seize IS-Held Border Town

Turkish tanks and hundreds of opposition fighters thrust deep inside Syrian territory Wednesday in a lightning operation that within hours ousted Islamic State jihadists from a key Syrian border town.

The air and ground offensive -- the most ambitious launched by Ankara in the Syria conflict -- made rapid progress towards Jarabulus with rebel fighters already proclaiming victory by the late afternoon just 14 hours after it started.

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Will Syria Gas Attacks Probe Nail the Assad Regime?

A yearlong investigation to determine who is behind deadly chemical attacks in Syria takes center stage at the United Nations this week when the panel presents its much-awaited findings.

The Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) set up by the U.N. Security Council has been collecting evidence in nine cases of alleged noxious gas attacks on Syrian villages in 2014 and 2015.

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U.S. Warns Syrian Regime Not to Fly near Coalition Troops

The Pentagon warned the Syrian regime Monday it is prepared to shoot down planes threatening U.S.-led coalition forces in northern Syria, but stopped short of declaring a no-fly zone.

U.S. military officials reacted furiously last week after jets from the regime of President Bashar Assad targeted Kurdish forces and coalition advisers fighting Islamic State jihadists around the northeastern city of Hasakeh.

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Iran Says Russia Raids from Its Airbase 'Over for Now' after Accusing Moscow of 'Showing Off'

Iran said Monday that Russian raids on jihadists in Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing runs.

"It was a specific, authorized mission and it's over for now. They conducted it and they are gone now," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told reporters in Tehran.

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13 Ill Children Evacuated from Syria's Besieged Madaya

Thirteen sick children were among 18 people evacuated by aid workers from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Friday, a doctor that was treating them told AFP.

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Russia Ready for Aleppo 'Humanitarian Pause' as EU Urges 'Immediate Halt to Fighting'

Russia said on Thursday it was ready to halt fire for 48-hour periods in Aleppo from next week, following U.N. calls to extend humanitarian pauses to deliver aid.

"Russia's defense ministry is ready to support the proposal by U.N. envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura regarding the introduction of weekly 48-hour 'humanitarian pauses' (in Aleppo)," defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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Syria Regime Aircraft Hit Kurd-Held Area for First Time

Syrian government aircraft bombed Kurdish positions in the divided northeastern city of Hasakeh on Thursday, the first such strikes against a Kurdish-held area of Syria, a monitor said.

At least six Kurdish positions were hit, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Russia Destroys IS Arms Stores around Syria's Deir Ezzor

Six long-range bombers from Russia on Sunday destroyed Islamic State group weapon stores around the jihadist stronghold of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, the defense ministry in Moscow said.

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30 Killed in Russia Raids on IS Syria Bastion Raqa

Russian air strikes on the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa in northern Syria on Thursday killed at least 30 people, including civilians and jihadists, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 10 raids hit the city and its outskirts, wounding at least 70 others.

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