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Calling Russia's bluff on Syria: Analysis

Toronto Star - ‎7 hours ago‎
Syria's map has tilted profoundly in Assad's favour since Russia engaged fully four months ago, with the regime now positioned to lay siege to Aleppo - the country's largest city before the war.
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Diplomats aim for temporary truce in Syria in one week

Hamilton Spectator - ‎8 hours ago‎
Children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating ...
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Syria could see temporary truce in a week, diplomats say

CBC.ca - ‎21 hours ago‎
Syrian government forces patrol after taking control of the village of Kiffin, on the northern outskirts of the embattled city of Aleppo on the road leading to Gaziantep, from opposition forces on February 11, 2016.
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Syria crisis: UN siege aid 'could start within 24 hours'

BBC News - ‎20 hours ago‎
The UN says it hopes to start delivering aid to some besieged areas in Syria within the next 24 hours. The move comes shortly after world powers agreed to push for a cessation of hostilities in a week's time.
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ISSG Delivers Joint Communiqué on Syria

Voice of America - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) has decided that humanitarian access to Syria will commence this week to besieged areas and an ISSG task force will within one week elaborate modalities for a nationwide cessation of hostilities.
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Saudi Arabia, UAE will deploy commandos to Syria: Carter

Press TV - ‎16 hours ago‎
"We're going to try to give opportunities and power to ... particularly Sunni Arabs in Syria who want to re-seize their territory back from ISIL, especially [the Syrian the city of] Raqqa," US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Friday after talks ...

Syria plan prompts scepticism as Russia carves zone of control

Financial Times - ‎13 hours ago‎
Even as world leaders hailed a breakthrough plan for an end to fighting in Syria on Friday, Western diplomats and intelligence officials have begun to fret over the potential for the deal to hinder, rather than help Syria's long-term prospects for ...

Syria conflict: Civilians starve as bombs fall

BBC News - ‎10 hours ago‎
Despite an international agreement being reached to cease some of the hostilities in Syria, Russia have said they will continue their bombing campaign of terrorist targets.
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Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

Washington Post - ‎13 hours ago‎
On Wednesday, an affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad - in Moscow.
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Moscow has shown it will not let the west do away with any dictator they dislike, writes Tony Barber

Financial Times - ‎19 hours ago‎
Russia's air strikes in Syria threaten to cause Aleppo's fall to Moscow-backed government forces and turn the tide of the civil war.

Confusion Reigns Over Syria Deal

Wall Street Journal - ‎9 hours ago‎
A deal announced by global powers to work toward a cease-fire in Syria was met with skepticism and defiance by the warring sides as well as confusion over what areas it would cover and how quickly aid would be delivered in the meantime.
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Ceasefire in Syria?

euronews - ‎10 hours ago‎
In the Syrian capital Damascus residents have been reflecting on the decision taken in Munich for a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria's near five-year civil war. #Damascus Thursday, February 11, 2016#Syria pic.twitter.com/nPpgg7s2ex. - Ibrahim ...
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AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts

MetroNews Canada - ‎12 hours ago‎
In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a building is seen with heavy damage in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing ...
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From Sarajevo to Syria: Where is the world's moral compass?

CNN - ‎18 hours ago‎
Nic Robertson, CNN's International Diplomatic Editor, has been reporting from Munich, where top diplomats from major world powers on Friday agreed to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, after a brutal five-year civil war. The opinions expressed here ...

In Syria, If You Can't Find Moderates, Dress Up Some Extremists

Center for Research on Globalization - ‎13 hours ago‎
Upon reading the increasingly desperate headlines pumped out by the Western media as Western-backed terrorist forces begin to fold under an effective joint Syrian-Russian offensive to take the country back, readers will notice that though the term ...

Your Friday Evening Briefing: Hillary Clinton, Kanye West, Syria

New York Times - ‎9 hours ago‎
The U.N. groped for details about how to create a “humanitarian task force” for Syria called for by a new cease-fire deal between the U.S.
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Ban Ki-moon calls for dialogue between factions in Syria

MetroNews Canada - ‎12 hours ago‎
MONTREAL - The international community must continue to facilitate dialogue between warring factions in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Friday.
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Death Toll From Syria's War Is 470000, New Research Claims

TIME - ‎Feb 10, 2016‎
The five-year-old war in Syria has claimed 470,000 lives, according to new research that almost doubles previous estimates about the human cost of the conflict.
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Syria cessation of hostilities an 'important step,' White House says

Jerusalem Post Israel News - ‎12 hours ago‎
The White House said on Friday an agreement for a break in hostilities in the Syrian conflict is significant, but there is still more to be done in the peace talks.

World Powers Agree to Cease-Fire in Syria

Wall Street Journal - ‎Feb 11, 2016‎
World powers agreed early Friday to reach a cease-fire in Syria in one week, allowing aid in but giving Russia and the Assad regime time to press an offensive that has expanded the Kremlin's clout in the region.
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