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Aug 27, 2015

Warring sides in Syria agree to extend local ceasefires

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Warring sides in Syria have agreed to extend a ceasefire in a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon and two Shi’ite villages in the northwest, and to evacuate wounded, sources close to talks said.

The truce is the second in a month in those areas between the Syrian army and its Lebanese Hezbollah allies on one side, and insurgents on the other. It came into force at 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Thursday.

Aug 14, 2015

Ceasefire in Syrian town, villages extended until Sunday

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire between the warring sides in a Syrian town and two villages has been extended until Sunday, sources on both sides said on Friday.

The ceasefire between rebels on one hand and the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah on the other began on Wednesday. It halted fighting in the town of Zabadani near the Lebanese border and the villages of Kefraya and al-Foua in the northwest.

Aug 14, 2015

Ceasefire in Syrian town, villages extended until Sunday – sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire between the warring sides in a Syrian town and two villages has been extended until Sunday, sources on both sides said on Friday.

The ceasefire between rebels on one hand and the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah on the other began on Wednesday. It halted fighting in the town of Zabadani near the Lebanese border and the villages of Kefraya and al-Foua in the northwest.

Aug 12, 2015

Turkey, Iran help broker rare truce in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s warring parties declared a 48-hour ceasefire in a frontline area on Wednesday after a month of unprecedented mediation from Turkey and Iran, signaling a new approach by some regional powers backing opposing sides in the conflict.

The ceasefire halted fighting between insurgents on the one hand, and the army and its Lebanese militant Hezbollah allies on the other, in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and in a pair of Shi’ite Muslim villages in Idlib province.

Aug 12, 2015

Two-day ceasefire agreed in Syrian town, villages

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A 48-hour ceasefire was declared on Wednesday to halt fighting between Syrian insurgents and the army and its Lebanese militant Hezbollah ally in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and two Shi’ite Muslim villages in Idlib province.

The United Nations envoy for Syria said last month that government air strikes had caused widespread death and destruction in Zabadani, and expressed concern that civilians were trapped both there and in al-Foua and Kefraya villages.

Aug 12, 2015

Two-day ceasefire agreed in three Syrian towns -sources

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A 48-hour ceasefire has been agreed between Syrian insurgents, the army and the Lebanese Hezbollah group in the rebel-held town of Zabadani and two Shi’ite villages in Idlib province, sources close to negotiations on both sides said on Wednesday.

The ceasefire is due to start on Wednesday at 6 a.m local time (11.00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday), three sources said. Negotiations between the rival sides will continue on other subjects.

Aug 5, 2015

Syrian Islamist group says held talks with Iran

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham, an ally of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, said on Wednesday it had held talks with an Iranian delegation over the embattled Syrian city of Zabadani near the Lebanese border but that these had now been halted.

Sources close to both sides said the two sides had been in negotiations for several weeks in Turkey and that discussions included the fate of residents of two Shi’ite villages in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Jul 5, 2015

Insight – Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village

QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) – The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago.

In recent weeks, residents of this Christian village say life has started to feel a little more normal, thanks to an offensive waged by Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah against the insurgents just over the border in Syria.

Jul 5, 2015

Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village

QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) – The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago.

In recent weeks, residents of this Christian village say life has started to feel a little more normal, thanks to an offensive waged by Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah against the insurgents just over the border in Syria.

May 24, 2015

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement said on Sunday.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters via video link that the fight was part of a wider strategy to prevent groups like al Qaeda’s wing in Syria, Nusra Front, and the ultra-hardline Islamic State from taking over the region.

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      "Currently based in Beirut, Lebanon. Have done stints in Cairo and Dubai.Have been Reuters Deputy Bureau chief in Iraq from 2005-2008. Have also worked in london on several desks including equities and energy. Currently my responsibilities are: Run the cluster while bureau chief is away. Anchor stories from Amman and Damascus when required Write wraps, trunks and analyses Conduct interviews with major political and financial players Ensure Reuters News dominates top stories, timings and exclusives"
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