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Hezbollah takes lead in pounding Syrian rebels – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT, Lebanon — Forces of the terrorist group Hezbollah say they are winning battles to defeat a three-year rebellion against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad by pouring fighters into remote regions where the Sunni Muslim rebels have been strongest.Syrian Forces Claim Major Blow Against RebelsNew York TimesRegime: 175 Islamist fighters killed in ambushThe Daily Star175 […]

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Six hundred Syrians flee besieged Old Homs in aid convoy – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Six hundred people left the besieged ruins of rebel-held central Homs on Sunday, escaping more than a year of hunger and deprivation caused by one of the most protracted blockades of Syria’s devastating conflict. The evacuees, mainly …Governor says 600 Evacuated from Syria’s Embattled HomsVoice of AmericaAid Workers Under Fire Again In […]

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Al Qaeda fighters in Syria kill rival rebel leader – Fox News

Fox NewsBEIRUT – Al Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further exacerbate rebel infighting even as government forces continued their intense shelling of opposition-held …Syria barrel bombs ‘kill dozens of civilians’ in AleppoBBC NewsSyrian forces kill […]

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UN calls for unity after deadly Lebanon bombing – The Daily Star

The Daily StarBEIRUT: The U.N. Security Council appealed to the Lebanese people to preserve national unity despite consistent attempts to undermine the country’s stability, in the wake of the deadly bombing in the northeastern city of Hermel that was claimed by an …Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda battles in Lebanon to increase: AnalystsAhram OnlineLebanese extremist group says it […]

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US denies it sought direct negotiations with Syria in Geneva – Reuters

ReutersWASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Washington denied claims by Syria’s foreign minister on Saturday that American diplomats had sought to negotiate directly with their Syrian counterparts at last week’s ‘Geneva 2’ peace conference in Switzerland.Syria talks end first round, government not committed to returnReuters UKSyria peace talks end with little headway but some hopeSydney Morning HeraldSyria crisis: […]

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Bomb Hits Hezbollah Neighborhood – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalHezbollah supporters gather at the site of a bomb blast in the Haret Hreik neighborhood in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday. European Pressphoto Agency. BEIRUT—A car bomb exploded in the Hezbollah stronghold of southern Beirut on Tuesday, killing …Car Bomb Hits Shiite Suburb of Beirut, Killing 4ABC NewsRaw: Explosion in Southern BeirutUSA TODAYFour killed […]

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Four killed in Beirut southern suburbs blast: security source – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Four people were killed in a blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters, attributing the blast to a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. The source said another 20 people were wounded in the …Explosion ‘rocks Beirut suburb’BBC NewsLebanese officials: Explosion hits Beirut suburbWashington PostExplosion rocks Hezbollah […]

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Syrian government submits plan for truce, prisoner swap – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT — The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The announcement in …Syria and Russia propose Aleppo ceasefireFinancial TimesSyria offers Aleppo […]

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More than 200000 Syrians live in besieged areas, UN official says – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT – More than 200,000 Syrians are living in areas besieged by pro-government or rebel forces and lacking regular supplies of food and other essentials, the United Nations’ humanitarian chief said Wednesday at an aid conference in Kuwait. “Siege has …Western, Arab donors pledge 2.4 bln USD to SyriaXinhuaWorld nations promise $2.4 billion […]

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Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in the most crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The Organisation for the …UN: First Chemicals Have Left Syrian PortVoice of AmericaFirst chemical weapons materials shipped out of SyriaTelegraph.co.ukSyria milestone: […]

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Saudi Terror Suspect Dies in Custody – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalBEIRUT—A Saudi terror suspect detained in Lebanon last week died in custody, Lebanese officials said Saturday, bringing a sudden end to a budding controversy over the fate of a man wanted in several countries. Majid Almajid, head of a Sunni radical …Lebanon IDs commander of al-Qaida-linked groupWashington PostLeader of Al-Qaida-Linked Group Dies in […]

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Syrian Rebel Alliance Battles al-Qaida-linked Fighters – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaBEIRUT — An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in apparently coordinated strikes against the powerful al-Qaida-linked group. Activists said …Syria fighting between rebels and Al Qaeda-linked group spreadsLos Angeles TimesSyrian rebels want foreign fighters […]

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Syrian rebel alliance battles al Qaeda-linked fighters – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – An alliance of Islamist and other rebel factions battled fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) across north-western Syria on Saturday in apparently coordinated strikes against the powerful al Qaeda-linked group.Al-Qaida Group Says Responsible for Beirut BombingABC NewsSyrian Rebels Give Al-Qaeda-Linked Group UltimatumRadioFreeEurope/RadioLibertySyrian rebels give al-Qaeda rivals ultimatumThe […]

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Suspected Saudi militant dies in Lebanese custody: sources – Reuters

ReutersBEIRUT (Reuters) – The suspected leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group that claimed responsibility for bombing the Iranian embassy in Beirut two months ago died in custody on Saturday, security sources said. Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, a Saudi …Senior al-Qaida figure dies in custody in LebanonHouston ChronicleAl-Qaeda’s commander in Lebanon Majid al-Majid ‘dies’BBC NewsLebanon: […]

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Beirut Bomb Targets Hezbollah Stronghold – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalFlames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik on Thursday. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. BEIRUT—A bomb ripped through a dense, commercial district of southern Beirut, a stronghold of …Blast kills at least five in Hizbullah’s Beirut strongholdIrish TimesBeirut blast kills at least […]

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Report: Israel shells Lebanon after rockets fired – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state news agency says Israeli tanks have shelled a Lebanese border area after rockets hit Israel. The agency said that over 20 shells hit the mountainous, rugged area around the southern Lebanese border area of Rachaya early …Rockets fired from Lebanon strike northern Israel: officialsReutersIsraeli police say 2 rockets fired […]

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Syrian airstrike kills 21 in Aleppo: report – Washington Times

Washington TimesBEIRUT — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 21 people, activists said. For nearly two weeks, President Bashar Assad’s warplanes and …Activists: Syrian Airstrike Kills 20 in AleppoVoice of AmericaActivists: Syrian Airstrike Kills at least 20 […]

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Political assassination fuels fear of more instability in Lebanon – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesBEIRUT—The assassination by car bomb on Friday of a prominent Lebanese political figure who was critical of the Shiite militia Hezbollah has raised the specter of greater instability in Lebanon, fueled by the war across the frontier in Syria. There was no …Massive explosion in Beirut, LebanonFox NewsDeadly Blast Sows Fear in LebanonWall […]

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Beirut bomb kills politician who criticized Syria – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeBEIRUT — The bomb that tore through downtown Beirut on Friday killed a former Lebanese finance minister who was a prominent critic of the Syrian government — an attack that unleashed a storm of political recriminations that threaten the fragile alliances …Beirut blast kills prominent critic of SyriaDallas Morning NewsMassive explosion in Beirut, LebanonFox […]

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Dozens Are Killed in Syrian Violence, Even as Peace Talks Approach – New York Times

New York TimesBEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 25 people were killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, antigovernment activists reported, in the eighth straight day of intense government bombardment of rebel-held areas there, while a suicide car bombing that …Syrian helicopter bomb raids kill 42 in Aleppo: monitorsReutersSyrian aircraft bombards Aleppo neighbourhood […]

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UPDATE 3-Syrian army retakes road needed to ship out chemical arms – Reuters

Reuters… Print. * Syrian TV broadcasts footage in captured town of Nabak. * Watchdog chief says chemical arms removal may be delayed. * Russia says could help provide transport for chemicals (Adds Russia could give support). By Oliver Holmes. BEIRUT, Dec 9 …Deadline for removing Syria’s chemical weapons may be missed, officials warnTelegraph.co.ukSyria Retakes Road […]