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Iran Welcomes Syria Truce Plan, Calls for 'Comprehensive Monitoring'

Iran on Sunday welcomed the proposed ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia and the United States, but said a monitoring system was needed to stop it being exploited by "terrorists."

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For U.S. and Russia, War in Syria is Mainly in the Air

The United States and Russia, two former Cold War foes that have brokered a ceasefire deal for Syria, rely mostly on air raids in their separate military campaigns in the war-wracked country.

Here are key points about how these two powers are trying to fulfill their military objectives in Syria, where a bloody civil war has raged since 2011.

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Syria Opposition Weighs Truce Deal after Raids Kill Dozens

Syria's opposition was weighing whether to take part in a truce brokered by Russia and the United States due to start on Monday, after air strikes killed dozens in rebel-held areas.

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Damascus Swaps 169 Prisoners for Bodies of Russian Troops

The Syrian government has begun releasing 169 prisoners in exchange for the return of the bodies of five Russian soldiers killed when their helicopter was downed, a lawyer said Wednesday.

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Syrians Return to Jarabulus from Turkey after IS Ousted

Hundreds of civilians on Wednesday began returning to the border town of Jarabulus in northern Syria, two weeks after pro-Ankara fighters recaptured it from Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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Erdogan Proposes Syria 'No-Fly Zone' to U.S., Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he proposed, to the U.S. and Russia, the setting up of a no-fly zone in northern Syria, after Ankara-backed fighters pushed the Islamic State group from the border area. 

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U.N. Slams Syrian Regime 'Strategy' of Forced Evacuation of Besieged Towns

The U.N. Syria envoy on Thursday criticized Damascus' "strategy" of forced evacuation from Daraya following a brutal four-year government siege, warning that other besieged towns could follow. 

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Putin to Visit Japan in December

President Vladimir Putin will visit Japan in December as Moscow and Tokyo strive to ease old tensions over four disputed islands, the Kremlin said Tuesday.

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U.N. Demands Answers on 48-Hour Aleppo Ceasefire by Sunday

The United Nations Syria envoy urged warring parties to state by Sunday whether they will commit to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the embattled city of Aleppo. 

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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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