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Israel defence minister to Syria's Assad: 'throw Iranians out'

Israel defence minister to Syria's Assad: 'throw Iranians out'Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to expel Iranian forces from his country, after Israeli air strikes hit alleged Iranian targets in Syria. “I shall take advantage of this opportunity to send a message to Assad: throw the Iranians out,” a defence ministry statement quoted Lieberman as saying during a visit to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel claims it struck dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria early on Thursday in response to a salvo of rockets fired by Iranian forces into the occupied Golan Heights.



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Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forces

Israel calls on Syria's Assad to 'get rid' of Iranian forcesJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble.



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Syria's Assad presses offensive, missile strikes raise escalation risk

Syria's Assad presses offensive, missile strikes raise escalation riskThe Syrian army unleashed a massive bombardment against one rebel enclave on Monday and prepared for the withdrawal of insurgents from another as President Bashar al-Assad pushes to crush the rebels’ last besieged strongholds. There were more than 140 Syrian army air strikes on the town of Rastan and surrounding villages in the rebel enclave between the cities of Hama and Homs early on Monday, alongside sustained shelling, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Last week a Syrian government minister said the enclave would be the army’s next target after it retook all rebel areas around the capital, a goal it looked closer to achieving with Monday’s expected insurgent pullout from south Damascus.



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Pro-Iranian Hezbollah says missiles intercepted over Syria's Dumair military airport

Pro-Iranian Hezbollah says missiles intercepted over Syria's Dumair military airportAMMAN (Reuters) – Pro-Iranian-Hezbollah militia's media unit said on Tuesday Syrian air defenses had intercepted three missiles aimed at Dumair military airport north east of Damascus. Syrian state media made no mention of the strike on Dumair but earlier said its air defenses had shot down missiles above the main Shuyrat air base in Homs province. …



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Air strikes return to Syria's Ghouta killing 40 as talks sputter

Air strikes return to Syria's Ghouta killing 40 as talks sputterAir strikes killed 40 civilians in the last opposition-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Friday and the army launched a ground offensive on its outskirts after talks sputtered over a rebel withdrawal. Backed by Russia, Syrian troops have captured nearly all of the one-time opposition stronghold of Ghouta with a combination of ferocious bombing raids and negotiated withdrawals. All that remained was its largest town of Douma, held by the Jaish al-Islam Islamist faction and home to tens of thousands of people.



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Erdogan: Turkey to keep pushing Kurds out of Syria's north

Erdogan: Turkey to keep pushing Kurds out of Syria's northANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his military "won't stop" trying to oust Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, as he met with the leaders of Russia and Iran for talks on trying to resolve the conflict.



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Fighters start to quit last rebel pocket of Syria's Ghouta

Fighters start to quit last rebel pocket of Syria's GhoutaSyria’s regime drew closer to taking full control of Eastern Ghouta on Monday as state media reported that fighters began evacuating the last rebel-held pocket of the former opposition stronghold near Damascus. A Russian-brokered deal had been reported on Sunday for fighters with Jaish al-Islam, the largest rebel group still in Ghouta, to leave the enclave’s main town of Douma. The retaking of Eastern Ghouta would mark a major milestone in President Bashar al-Assad’s efforts to regain control of territory seized by rebel factions during Syria’s seven-year civil war.



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Biggest convoy yet evacuates Syria's ruined Ghouta

Biggest convoy yet evacuates Syria's ruined GhoutaThe largest convoy yet of Eastern Ghouta evacuees arrived in northwestern Syria Tuesday as the regime threatened to resume its blitz if the last remaining rebels do not leave. Government troops, backed by Russia and loyalist militia, launched a ferocious assault more than a month ago to retake the enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Russia and the Syrian regime it supports reportedly threatened to resume their blistering bombardment if the last holdout pocket that includes the main Ghouta town of Douma does not agree to a similar deal.



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Fresh rebel withdrawals from Syria's shrinking Ghouta

Fresh rebel withdrawals from Syria's shrinking GhoutaMore than 2,500 Syrian rebels and civilians prepared to leave Eastern Ghouta on Monday after the largest exodus yet from the opposition enclave, as talks stalled over the final pocket of resistance. Five weeks since government troops launched a ferocious offensive on Ghouta, they hold more than 90 percent of the long-besieged opposition stronghold on the doorstep of Damascus. A convoy of more than 5,400 fighters and civilians left a pocket of territory held by Islamist rebel group Faylaq al-Rahman late Sunday and reached northwest Syria the following day.



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Hundreds gather to leave second pocket in Syria's Ghouta

Hundreds gather to leave second pocket in Syria's GhoutaBEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of members of a rebel group and their relatives boarded Saturday 17 buses in preparation to leave eastern Ghouta to opposition-held areas north of the country Saturday as part of an agreement to evacuate the second of three pockets held by opposition fighters east of the capital Damascus, Syria's state media reported.



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