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Mar 18, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills six in gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 17, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills 6 in toxic gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces had carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 9, 2015

German woman killed fighting Islamic State in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A young German woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria was killed over the weekend in clashes with Islamic State fighters, Kurdish officials and a Turkey-based communist group said on Monday.

The Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. air strikes and local rebel fighters, have been battling Islamic State in northern Syria since the al Qaeda offshoot captured large tracts of land along the border with Turkey.

Mar 5, 2015

U.S. Syria strategy falters with collapse of rebel group

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, March 5 (Reuters) – The Hazzm movement was
once central to a covert CIA operation to arm Syrian rebels, but
the group’s collapse last week underlines the failure of efforts
to unify Arab and Western support for mainstream insurgents
fighting the Syrian military.

A blow to U.S. moves to aid rebels, the dissolution of Hazzm
also highlights the risks that a new Department of Defense
programme could face in training and equipping fighters in
Jordan, Turkey and Qatar.

Feb 18, 2015

Four years on, some in Europe support talking to Assad

BEIRUT/PARIS (Reuters) – Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for more communication with Damascus even though Britain and France oppose it, diplomats said.

Those states have become more vocal in internal meetings about the need to talk to the Syrian government and have a presence in the capital. London and Paris reject this, saying President Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy.

Feb 17, 2015

Syrian army makes rapid advance north of Aleppo: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army, backed by allied militia, has captured several villages near Aleppo in battles aimed at encircling the northern city and cutting off insurgent supply lines, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

SANA, Syria’s state news agency, said the army seized at least six villages near Aleppo.

Feb 15, 2015

Intensified fighting in southern Syria leaves scores dead – monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Heavy fighting in southern Syria has killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, a group monitoring Syria’s war said on Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears.

Syria’s army and allied combatants from Lebanon’s Hezbollah launched a large-scale offensive in the region last week against insurgent groups, including al Qaeda’s Syria wing Nusra Front and non-jihadist rebels.

Feb 14, 2015

Lebanon’s Hariri: talking to Hezbollah necessary to ease tensions

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Former prime minister Saad al-Hariri, speaking on a rare visit marking the 10th anniversary of his father’s assassination, said dialogue with Hezbollah was necessary to ease sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

Five members of Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah have been indicted by an international tribunal over the 2005 killing of Rafik al-Hariri, who was commemorated on Saturday in the Lebanese capital.

Feb 14, 2015

Lebanon former PM Hariri returns for anniversary of father’s assassination – media

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s former prime minister Saad al-Hariri arrived back in the country overnight on a rare visit and will make a speech on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of his father Rafik’s assassination, Lebanese media said.

He will speak at a ceremony dedicated to his father in central Beirut, state news agency NNA and pro-Hariri newspaper al-Mustaqbal said. Special forces officers patrolled streets near the venue in the capital on Saturday and blocked off traffic.

Jan 28, 2015

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

The soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired five missiles at a convoy of Israeli military vehicles on the frontier with Lebanon.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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      2006
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