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More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburb

More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburbBEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.



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Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in SyriaDAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will face “more surprises” should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria’s air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years. The F-16 jet was hit over northern Israel on Saturday as it returned from a raid on a Syrian position blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. Iran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s near seven-year civil war.



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Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outposts

Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outpostsDAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military accused Israel of launching missiles targeting its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks Tuesday and claimed that the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several of the missiles.



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Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near DamascusBEIRUT (AP) — Israel fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Saturday, causing material damage but no casualties, Syria's state-run news agency reported.



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Syria army intercepts Israel missiles near Damascus: state media

Syria army intercepts Israel missiles near Damascus: state mediaSyrian air defences intercepted at least two Israeli missiles fired at a government “military position” in Damascus province early Saturday but the attack still caused damage, state media reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, said the missiles, presumably Israeli, targeted “positions of the Syrian regime and its allies” southwest of Damascus. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment.



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Lebanon's Hariri says Damascus wants him killed

Lebanon's Hariri says Damascus wants him killedLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri charged that the Syrian regime which he blames for his father’s assassination also wants him killed, in an interview published Thursday in French magazine Paris Match. Hariri assessed that the regime’s military successes against rebels in the Syrian conflict were victories for presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani rather than their allied Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad. “I have a lot of enemies, extremists and the Syrian regime.



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Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitor

Syria regime bombing kills 23 civilians near Damascus: monitorSyrian regime air strikes and artillery fire killed 23 civilians on Sunday across the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital Damascus, a monitor said. Eastern Ghouta is already in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by a crushing regime siege of the area since 2013 that has caused severe food and medical shortages.



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IS claims Damascus attack, capture of Russian soldiers

IS claims Damascus attack, capture of Russian soldiersBEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed a pair of suicide bombings in Damascus that killed 17 civilians and policemen, and released a video purporting to show two Russian soldiers the extremists claim to have captured in fighting in eastern Syria.



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Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable: report

Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable: reportThe Syrian government is open to negotiations with Kurds over their demand for autonomy within Syria’s borders, the foreign minister has said, striking a conciliatory tone as military tensions worsen between the sides in eastern Syria. Walid al-Moualem said the government could discuss the Kurdish demand once Islamic State is defeated, state news agency SANA reported, citing an interview with Russia Today. “This topic is open to negotiation and discussion and when we are done eliminating Daesh (Islamic State), we can sit with our Kurdish sons and reach an understanding on a formula for the future,” Moualem said.



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Hezbollah chief, who lives in hiding, says met Assad in Damascus

Hezbollah chief, who lives in hiding, says met Assad in DamascusThe head of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, who has lived in hiding for the past decade, said Thursday he travelled to Damascus to seek the Syrian president’s approval of a jihadist evacuation deal. “I personally went to Damascus” to see President Bashar al-Assad, Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of his supporters in a televised speech. Nasrallah, 57, has only made rare public appearances since the 2006 war against his arch-foe Israel.



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