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  1. News - World - SYRIA

    Iraqi Kurds agree reinforcements in fight against Islamic State for embattled Kobane

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 10:53am by Agence France-Presse in Arbil, Iraq

    ... of the coalition raids have focused on Iraq, and Washington said a dozen air strikes had helped fend off an IS assault on the country’s strategic Mosul dam. “There was an offensive action by the enemy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1622756/iraqi-kurds-agree-reinforcements-fight-against-islamic-state-embattled
  2. News - World - SYRIA

    US-led coalition ramps up strikes against Islamic State in Syria-Turkey border town

    Posted Oct 10th 2014, 10:49am by Associated Press in Mursitpinar, Turkey

    ... is best positioned to benefit from any rollback of Islamic State forces. But attacking Assad’s regime “is not the focus of our international coalition and not the focus of our efforts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1613492/us-led-coalition-ramps-strikes-against-islamic-state-syria-turkey-border
  3. News - World - SYRIA

    New report highlights threat to aircraft from militants in Syria

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 08:48pm by Reuters

    ... a Switzerland-based research organisation that analyses the global flow of weapons, published its claims yesterday. The report focuses on launchers and missiles known as "man-portable air defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1577016/new-report-highlights-threat-aircraft-militants-syria
  4. News - Asia - SYRIA

    Australian grandfather in tears at Syria photo of seven-year-old boy with severed head

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 10:43am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Image of Sydney-raised son of fugitive Australian Islamic State fighter, posing with rotting head of a soldier, has sparked outrage The grandfather of a boy pictured holding a severed head in Syria said the shocking image brought him to tears, with the growing problem of jihadists fighting overseas to be a focus of US-Australia talks on Tuesday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1571921/im-scared-children-australian-grandfather-tears-syria-photo-seven-year-old-severed
  5. News - World - SYRIA

    Rising number of Americans fighting in Syria worries FBI

    Posted May 04th 2014, 06:45am by WASHPOST

    ... to join the fight. Comey said the threat associated with foreign fighters in Syria is of concern not only to the US but also is "a huge focus" of European intelligence officials. ... thousands of fighters are travelling to Syria from European countries, and they are a focus for the FBI because many of them could easily get into the United States. "They're visa-waiver ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1503703/rising-number-americans-fighting-syria-worries-fbi
  6. News - World - SYRIA

    UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologises to Syrian people as he steps down

    Posted May 14th 2014, 08:46pm by Reuters

    ... states largely backing the rebels. Brahimi left "a few ideas" with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council- focus on getting more aid into Syria, reduce and end ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512152/un-mediator-lakhdar-brahimi-apologises-syrian-people-he-steps-down
  7. News - World - SYRIA

    Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:59pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian Reports suggest that the US and Arab states are switching focus and offering intelligence and military hardware to the Free Syrian Army Southern push aims to overwhelm Assad ... Qatar and other regional countries also attended the discussions, focused on making a "stronger effort" to help the rebels. This meeting has been linked in turn to last month's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447266/push-syrias-southern-front-aims-overwhelm-assad-regime
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Obama says US is considering new pressure on Syria’s Assad

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 02:06pm by Reuters in Rancho Mirage, California

    ... Annenberg, in this desert region of California. With the Syrian civil war a central focus of their talks, Obama told reporters with Abdullah seated beside him that he does not expect the conflict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1428395/obama-says-us-considering-new-pressure-syrias-assad
  9. News - World - SYRIA

    'Ice is breaking' in Syria talks, says UN mediator

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 10:50am by Agence France-Presse

    ... The discussions had finally focused on the Geneva I communique- the never-implemented roadmap to peace put out by global powers during talks here in 2012- but the two sides disagree sharply on what part of the text the talks should focus on. “Today we had a positive step forward because for the first time now we are talking about the transitional governing body,” Safi said. The opposition says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1417331/ice-breaking-syria-talks-says-un-mediator
  10. News - World - SYRIA

    Bashar al-Assad sees no reason not to stand again for the Syrian presidency

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 11:28pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus On the eve of Geneva talks, president says he wants their focus to be on 'war against terrorism' Resolute Assad says he's likely to seek ... on Sunday at the presidential palace in Damascus in the lead-up to talks in Geneva, Assad said he expected the war to grind on. And he called for the talks, scheduled to begin tomorrow, to focus ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1409850/bashar-al-assad-sees-no-reason-not-stand-again-syrian-presidency

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