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War of words erupts between Russia, U.S. over air strikes in Aleppo, Syria

A Syrian girl whose home was destroyed by Russian airstrikes on Aleppo watches as workers attempt to clear away the rubble to look for survivors.   /Getty Images

Special to The U.S. and Russia have traded accusations over recent airstrikes in Aleppo, Syria. After the U.S. said Russian warplanes destroyed two hospitals in the besieged city, Moscow responded by claiming U.S. warplanes bombed Aleppo on Feb. 10, […]

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Kurdish forces capture strategic air base in northern Syria

A female Kurdish YPG fighter gestures during fighting with ISIL in Syria.  /Reuters/File

Special to Kurdish forces have seized a key strategic airbase in Syria’s Aleppo province. Backed by Arab rebel allies, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) drove Islamists and other rebel fighters from the Minnigh air base and the adjacent […]

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One in ten Syrians has been killed or wounded in conflict

Injured Syrian children being treated at a makeshift hospital after a bomb blast in Damascus.  /AFP

Special to Recently released statistics detail the grim toll of Syria’s civil war: more than 10 percent of the country’s population has either been killed or injured in the past five years. Life expectancy has dropped from 70 to […]

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U.S. intel official: ISIL determined to attack on U.S. soil this year

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats.  /AP/Evan Vucci

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is likely to attempt “direct attacks on the U.S. homeland” this year, top intelligence officials told Congress on Feb. 9. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in testimony at the […]

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Canada’s Trudeau to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks as defence minister Harjit Sajjan, international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion listen on Feb. 8. / Sean Kilpatrick / AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria and pull out six fighter jets within two weeks, Canada’s prime minister announced on February 8. […]

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Wife of ISIL leader charged In U.S. hostage’s death

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United States has charged the wife of an Islamic State (IS) leader killed last year with contributing to American hostage Kayla Mueller’s death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as […]

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Russian air power, Iran-backed militias help Syrian forces advance toward Turkish border

Syrian forces on the outskirts of Aleppo.  /AFP

Special to Syrian forces, in a major offensive supported by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, advanced toward the Turkish border on Feb. 8. The Syrian advance and relentless Russian air strikes in recent days have led to one […]

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Turkey closes border to thousands of Syrians fleeing Russia-backed offensive in Aleppo

A boy arrives with women as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the Turkish border crossing.  /AFP/Bulent Kilic

Special to Some 35,000 Syrians are stranded at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed Assad regime offensive in Aleppo. Turkish humanitarian groups warned of a desperate situation in the making as they set up camps and sent in […]

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Iran’s IRGC chief: Saudis wouldn’t ‘dare’ send troops to Syria

Mohammad Ali Jafari / Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria. “They claim they will send troops [to Syria], but I […]

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Raqqa residents said overjoyed as U.S.-led coalition planes drops leaflets vowing ISIL’s defeat

leaflet dropped over Raqqa promises residents will soon be free from ISIL.

Special to U.S.-led coalition warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) de facto capital in Syria vowing that ISIL will soon be defeated. The leaflets were dropped over Raqqa during a break in […]

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