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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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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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