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North Syria Must Be under Regime Control, Lavrov Says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Syria's regime must take control of the country's north, after calls from the US to set up a Turkish-controlled "security zone" in the area.

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Syria Kurds Reject 'Security Zone' under Turkish Control

Syria's Kurds on Wednesday rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.

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New UN Envoy Arrives in Damascus on First Syria Trip

The United Nations' new envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, arrived in Damascus on Tuesday on his first trip since being appointed, an AFP correspondent reported.

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Qatar Rejects Normalising Ties with 'Criminal' Assad

Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal.

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U.S. Begins Withdrawing Gear from Syria, But Not Troops

The US military has begun moving non-essential gear out of Syria but is not withdrawing troops for now, defense officials said amid uncertainty over America's planned exit from the war-battered nation.

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Syria Says Israeli Warplanes Hit Damascus Airport Warehouse

Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian military official said.

The unidentified official was quoted by Syrian state media as saying Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired several missiles at areas near Damascus about 45 minutes before midnight. He said Syrian air defense units shot down most of the missiles, but gave no details on other sites targeted.

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25,000 Flee Violence in Eastern Syria, UN Says

An estimated 25,000 people have fled escalating violence over the last six months in eastern Syria, where die-hard jihadists are defending their last bastions, the UN said Friday. 

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U.S. Vows to 'Expel Every Last Iranian Boot' in Syria while Confirming Own Pullout

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Thursday the United States and its allies would work diplomatically to expel all Iranian troops from Syria, urging Middle East nations to forge a common stand against Tehran.

"It's time for old rivalries to end, for the sake of the greater good of the region," said Pompeo at a keynote address in Cairo.

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Turkey Says Will Launch Syria Offensive if US Delays Pullout

Turkey will launch an offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces if the United States delays the withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country, the foreign minister said Thursday. 

"If the (pullout) is put off with ridiculous excuses like Turks are massacring Kurds, which do not reflect the reality, we will implement this decision,"  Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

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Reports: Ceasefire Deal Sees Jihadists Take over Syria's Idlib

The main jihadist alliance in Syria's Idlib region reached a deal ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the rebel enclave.

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