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Jihadist-Led Offensive in Syria's Hama Advances

Syrian jihadists and allied rebels advanced against government forces in central Hama province on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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Syria Rebels Launch Fresh Assault on East Damascus

Rebels and jihadists on Tuesday launched a fresh assault on east Damascus, two days after Syrian government forces repelled an initial attack just a few kilometers from the center of the capital.

An AFP journalist in east Damascus and a monitor both reported a large explosion at dawn followed by fierce clashes, shelling and government air strikes on opposition positions.

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New Round of Syria Peace Talks Opens without Rebels

A third round of Russian-backed talks on the Syrian war opened in the Kazakh capital Astana on Tuesday without armed rebel groups, leaving little hope for a breakthrough in ending the six-year conflict. 

The talks, sponsored by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel-backer Turkey, come as other diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed have proved fruitless. 

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320,000 Dead, 4.9 Million Refugees: Syria's War in Numbers

Syria's conflict has killed more than 320,000 people, uprooted more than half the population and left much of the country in ruins since it erupted almost six years ago.

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Syria Rebels Will Not Attend Astana Peace Talks

Syrian rebel factions will not attend a new round of negotiations with government figures in the Kazakh capital, an opposition delegation spokesman told AFP on Monday.

"Rebel groups have decided not to participate in Astana," said Osama Abu Zeid, adding that one reason for the boycott was "unfulfilled pledges related to the cessation of hostilities."

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Syria Opposition Pin Hopes on Trump after 'Catastrophic' Obama

Syria's opposition is counting on the new U.S. Trump administration to play a "positive" role to end the country's six-year war, after "catastrophic" policy mistakes under President Barack Obama, an official said.

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Turkey Threatens to Strike Kurd Militia unless It Leaves Syria's Manbij

Turkey on Wednesday threatened to strike Syrian Kurdish militia forces if they do not withdraw from Manbij, a former bastion of the Islamic State (IS) group that has been taken over by predominantly Kurdish forces.

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Syria Peace Talks Struggle as Bomb Kills Dozens

The U.N. struggled on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but with few signs of progress as dozens more civilian deaths underlined the scale of the challenge.

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Iraq Bombs IS in Syria in 'Coordination' with Damascus

The Iraqi air force struck members of the Islamic State group inside neighboring Syria on Friday, officials said, adding that the targeted militants were responsible for recent bombings in Baghdad.

The strike was announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a statement and is believed to be the first of its kind by Iraqi jets on Syrian territory.

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Turkey-Backed Syria Rebels Announce Capture of Al-Bab from IS

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said Thursday they had fully captured the town of Al-Bab from the Islamic State group, marking a key defeat for the jihadists after weeks of heavy fighting.

As Ankara said its allies now had "near complete control" of the town, a fresh round of peace talks opened between the Syrian opposition and regime in Geneva.

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