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Four Russian Servicemen Dead in Syria Blast

Four Russian military personnel were killed and two injured when their vehicle was targeted with explosives in central Syria last week, a defense ministry statement quoted by Russian agencies said Monday.

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Syria Opposition Picks Delegation for New Peace Talks

Syria's opposition on Sunday announced its 21-member delegation, including 10 rebel representatives, for a new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva scheduled for February 20.

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Turkish Troops, Syria Rebels Enter IS-Held Aleppo Town

Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies entered the Islamic State-held town of Al-Bab in northern Syria Saturday, as government forces moved closer to the jihadist bastion, a monitor said.

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Syria Opposition Rejects UN Envoy Picking Talks Delegation

Syria opposition officials Wednesday criticised UN envoy Staffan de Mistura after he said he could pick the opposition delegation representatives to UN-led talks in Geneva if they failed to do so.

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Lavrov Calls for Syria's Return to Arab League

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Wednesday for Syria's return to the Arab League, saying its membership would allow the organization to help find a political solution to the country's conflict.

"The League could play a more important, more effective role if the Syrian government was part of the organization," Lavrov, whose country is a key ally of the Damascus regime and also a broker in peace efforts, told a press conference in the Emirati capital.

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First Day of Syria Talks End without Apparent Breakthrough

A first day of indirect peace talks between Syrian rebels and the regime of Bashar Assad in Kazakhstan's capital Astana ended Monday without any apparent breakthrough, sources told AFP.

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Over 40 Fateh al-Sham Jihadists Killed in North Syria Air Strikes

More than 40 fighters of former al-Qaida affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front were killed in air strikes on their camp in northern Syria late on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

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Syria Regime Encircles Rebel Area Supplying Damascus Water

Syrian government forces encircled a key rebel area northwest of Damascus on Thursday that serves as the capital's main water supply, a monitoring group said.

Clashes have rocked the Wadi Barada region for more than a month, despite a fragile nationwide truce aimed at smoothing the way for upcoming peace talks in Kazakhstan.

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Russia, Turkey Stage First Joint Air Strikes against IS in Syria

Russia and Turkey on Wednesday staged their first joint air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said.

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Fighting Puts Syria Peace Negotiations at Risk

A dozen Syrian rebel factions have suspended talks on new peace negotiations, accusing President Bashar Assad's regime of violating a four-day-old ceasefire with attacks near Damascus that continued Tuesday.

The decision threatens the process sponsored by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey, which began with a truce and is meant to lead to negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana this month.

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