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Russian strikes kill 45 Syrian rebels: monitor

DAMASCUS: Russian air strikes have killed 45 members of a rebel group in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Sunday. It was unclear why the strikes, which took place Saturday, targeted members of the Faylaq al-Sham rebel group, which has taken part in peace talks supervised by Moscow in the Kazakh capital Astana. The strikes hit the group in the province of Idlib, which is part of a so-called "de-confliction" zone agreed in a deal between Syrian regime allies…

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after militant attack: sources

BEIRUT/AMMAN/WASHINGTON:¬†CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major militant attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that no official explanation had been given for the move this month following the militant assault, though several said they believed the main objective was to prevent arms and cash falling into militant hands. But they said they expected the…

Iran holding up Aleppo evacuation deal, claim Syrian rebels

ALEPPO: Syrian rebels accused Iran and its Shi'ite-backed militias on Saturday of holding up a deal to evacuate civilians trapped in the remaining rebel bastion in Aleppo. Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was insisting people be allowed to leave two besieged Shi'ite villages before letting the Aleppo evacuation happen. He said Russia was failing to restrain its ally. "Iran and its sectarian proxies are using the…

Syrian rebels, government say new deal reached to secure Aleppo evacuation

ALEPPO: A new deal has been reached to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria's east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday over demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two villages besieged by rebels. Syrian rebel official al-Farouk Abu Bakr, speaking from Aleppo to news channel al-Arabiya al-Hadath on Saturday, said the deal comprised an evacuation from the two Shi'ite villages besieged by insurgents, the evacuation of wounded people from two towns besieged by pro-government…

Major Blow: Syria rebels lose all of northeast Aleppo, claims monitor

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels have lost all of the northern neighbourhoods of their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, a monitor said on Monday, as the army pushed an offensive to retake the battered city. The army captured the Sakhur, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, while Kurdish forces took the Sheikh Fares district from rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Kurdish forces in Aleppo are not officially allied with the regime, but the opposition regards them as cooperating with the government in…

Battle for Aleppo escalates, UN sees ‘bleak moment’

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels fought fiercely with pro-government forces trying to advance into opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo and warplanes kept up their bombardment of the area on Friday in a renewed bid by Damascus to retake the entire city. The UN humanitarian adviser said the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced a "very bleak moment" with no food or medical supplies, winter approaching, and an increasingly fierce attack by Syrian and allied forces. Violence also escalated in and around Damascus, where…