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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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Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truceBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said. The Russian defense ministry said on Friday it had reached a ceasefire that took effect at 21.00 hrs Moscow time (1800 GMT) with Failaq al Rahman, the main Free Syrian Army (FSA) group fending off a two-month widescale Syrian army offensive in Jobar district and nearby town of Ain Tarma. A spokesman for Failaq al Rahman said both Jobar, which lies some 2 km (1.2 miles) east of the Old City wall, and nearby Ain Tarma on the edge of Eastern Ghouta witnessed army strikes and shelling soon after the ceasefire went into effect.



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Damascus bomber kills 18 after car chase

Damascus bomber kills 18 after car chaseA suicide car bomber pursued by security forces blew himself up in eastern Damascus on Sunday, with a monitor reporting 18 killed in the deadliest attack to hit the Syrian capital in months. Syrian state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said security forces intercepted three car bombers on their way into the city early in the morning. A third managed to reach the eastern Tahrir Square district, where the driver was surrounded but able to detonate a bomb.



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