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Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor

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Syrian regime forces on Friday broke into the eastern Deir Ezzor province for the first time since 2014, a monitor said, after seizing territory from Islamic State group jihadists. Government forces control part of Deir Ezzor city and the adjacent military airport, but IS holds the vast desert province and most of the provincial capital. "Backed by Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi fighters, the Syrian army entered Deir Ezzor province from the southeast, near the Iraqi border," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Removing Assad no longer priority in Syria: Macron

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France no longer sees the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as a priority in the Syrian conflict, President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday, making the policy official for the first time. The new French leader said instead that fighting jihadists such as the Islamic State group had to be the international community's number one goal in a conflict that grew out of protests against the Syrian president in 2011 but has since become increasingly complex and multifaceted. "The real change I've made on this question, is that I haven't said the deposing of Bashar al-Assad is a prerequisite for everything," Macron said in an interview with several European newspapers, including Britain's Guardian, Spain's El Pais and Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Mexico rejects Trump claim that it is the world's second most violent country

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Mexico may have a problem with violence, but its government says it is not the second most violent country in the world, as US President Donald Trump has claimed on Twitter. The Mexican foreign ministry pointed instead to places like Honduras, Venezuela, Belize, Colombia and Brazil as countries with higher murder rates, in a statement released late Thursday. Trump had posted earlier: "Mexico was just ranked the second deadliest country in the world, after only Syria.

U.S. will take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat: Turkey

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The United States has told Turkey it will take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria after the defeat of Islamic State, Ankara said on Thursday, seeking to address Turkish concerns about arming Kurds on its border. Turkish defense ministry sources said U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also promised his Turkish counterpart to provide a monthly list of weapons handed to the YPG, saying the first inventory had already been sent to Ankara.

Report: CIA boss held secret talks with Syrian spy chief

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The New York Times reports that the CIA's director held a secret negotiation with Syria's intelligence chief as part of an effort to free an American journalist taken hostage in the Arab country

From: abcnews.go.com

James Woolsey Rips Obama's Response to Moscow Hacking

Added: 23.06.2017 23:25 | 1 views | 0 comments

Former CIA Director James Woolsey on Friday slammed the Obama administration's response to Russia's election hacking last year, likening it to the inaction surrounding Syria's use of chemical weapons against its citizens in 2012.

From: www.Newsmax.com

SitRep: North Korea Wrangling; Hill Wrestles With Russia Sanctions; Debate Over Syria Strategy Continues

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Blast in Afghanistan; ISIS Blows Up Historic Mosque; Taliban Releases Hostage Video

US-led strikes in Syria kill 472 civilians in a month

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The past month saw the highest civilian death toll in US-led coalition air raids since they began, says rights monitor.

Tags: Syria, Strikes
From: www.aljazeera.com

Syrian battle risks international conflict

Added: 23.06.2017 19:50 | 0 views | 0 comments

As rival forces scramble to recapture Isis territory in Syria and Iraq, the likelihood of international confrontation escalates. Gideon Rachman discusses the growing tensions in the region with the FT's Middle east commentator David Gardner and Geoff Dyer, former Washington correspondent

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C.I.A. Set Up Secret Back Channel With Syria to Try to Free U.S. Hostage

Added: 23.06.2017 19:17 | 1 views | 0 comments

The Trump administration began searching early on for ways to free Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing since 2012.

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