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Turkey's Erdogan Urges Syria Safe Zone ahead of G20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on world leaders to rally behind Turkey's plan for a safe zone inside Syrian territory, days before it hosts the G20 summit.

Speaking to a group of businessmen in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said the Syrian conflict would be a "major topic" at the G20 summit in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya on Sunday and Monday.

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U.N. Syria Envoy Says 'Momentum' of Vienna Talks Must not Be Squandered

The U.N. peace envoy for Syria urged world powers Tuesday to build on the "momentum" of new international talks and come up with a political process to end the four-year war.

"The momentum in Vienna needs to not be missed," Staffan de Mistura told reporters after briefing the U.N. Security Council.

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U.S.-Russia Military Communication Improves in Syria, Says General

U.S. and Russian military officials talk twice daily about air operations in Syria, as the two powers conduct separate bombing campaigns in the battered nation, a top U.S. general said Tuesday.

Four-star Air Force General Herbert Carlisle outlined how communications have vastly improved since the start of Russia's bombing campaign in Syria on September 30.

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Gulf Air Strikes on IS down due to Yemen Conflict, Says U.S. General

Air strikes by Gulf Arab members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria have diminished since they launched an air war against Yemeni rebels in March, a U.S. general said Tuesday.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have carried out air strikes against IS in Syria but the three Gulf Cooperation Council members are also involved in an air and ground campaign in Yemen in support of exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

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Russia Accuses Partners of 'Evading' Work on Syria

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said countries will hold "enlarged" talks on the Syrian conflict soon, accusing some of trying to evade negotiations.

Speaking in the capital of Armenia at a press-conference, Lavrov said the list of players attempting to find common ground over the conflict that killed 250,000 people has grown since last month's unprecedented talks in Vienna.

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Next Vienna Talks Must Identify 'Terrorist Groups' in Syria, Says Iran

The next meeting in Vienna on the Syrian conflict must draw up a list of "terrorist groups", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.

"There are two important items on the agenda for the next meeting of Vienna," Zarif told a news conference with his visiting Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders.

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Turkey Detains 38 Foreigners Seeking to Join IS Group

Turkish anti-terrorist police have detained 38 foreigners including women and children who were reportedly seeking to join the Islamic State group in Syria, media reports said Monday.

Turkey has gone on the offensive against IS suspects ahead of the G20 summit in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya and after a spate of bloody attacks blamed on the jihadists.

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Russia Raids Kill 11 in Idlib, Regime Strikes Kill 10 in IS-held Aleppo Town

Apparent Russian air strikes killed at least 11 civilians on Sunday in two towns in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, a monitoring group said.

Nine people, including a child, were killed in strikes on areas in the town of Maaret al-Numan, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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UK 'Letting down' Allies over IS in Syria, Says Defense Chief

The head of Britain's armed forces on Sunday said the country was "letting down" allies by not participating in air strikes against Islamic State group jihadists in Syria.

Britain is part of a coalition hitting IS targets in Iraq, but its parliament has yet to be convinced of the need to join air strikes in neighboring Syria and an influential committee of MPs recently advised against action.

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NGO: IS Frees 37 Kidnapped Syrian Christians

The Islamic State group on Saturday released 37 Syrian Christians, most of them women, who were among more than 200 people kidnapped more than eight months ago, an NGO said.

The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights said the group of freed Assyrian Christians included 27 women and 10 men, most of them elderly.

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