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Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack 

Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack A Syrian rebel group has claimed it killed the director of a government chemical weapons programme research facility in a car bombing. Aziz Asber, director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, died near the city of Homs when explosives planted in his car went off, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported Sunday.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said the attack took place on Saturday. The Abu Amara Brigades rebel group claimed responsibility in a statement posted on its Telegram channel, saying it it detonated "planted explosive devices" in Mr Asber's vehicle.   The group is an affiliate of Islamist group Tahrir al-Sham, which is itself linked with al-Qaeda. The government denies it possesses chemical weapons, and denies the claims that it killed hundreds of people in rebel-held areas using chemical agents. Al-Watan blamed Israel for Mr Asber's killing. The chemical weapons watchdog said it found no evidence of nerve gas after an April attack on Douma, but chlorine may have been used Credit: AFP PHOTO / SYRIA CIVIL DEFENCE An Israeli official refused to comment on the report, according to Reuters. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria to block weapons transfers to the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, which is supporting the Syrian government's campaign against rebels. Western governments claim the research centre was a covert government facility.  It had been targeted by air strikes last year, which the Syrian government said were carried out by Israel.  The US Britain, and France struck another research facility in Damascus in April in response to a gas attack in Douma that killed more than 40 people. It was the second major Western intervention against the regime, following several chemical weapons attack during the civil war, which has been ongoing since 2011. Syria chemical weapons A UN investigation held the government of Bashar al-Assad responsible for a sarin attack on the then rebel bastion Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, which killed about 100 people. The worst attack, also blamed on the government, was in 2013, when about 1,000 people died in a sarin attack in a rebel-held area in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital. Assad's forces, backed by Russia, Iran, and Hizbollah, have regained most of the rebel-held territories across the country. The fighting in Syria has led to one of the worst modern humanitarian disasters, with more than 10 million people forced to flee their homes. 



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Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense minister

Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense ministerBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday. More than 120,000 people in southwestern Syria have been forced to flee since the Syrian government launched an offensive to recover an area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from rebels, a monitoring group said. The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days, and that it had overnight sent aid supplies at four locations “to Syrians fleeing hostilities”.



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Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. denies

Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. deniesBy Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible. The attack took place in al-Harra, southeast of the town of Albu Kamal, state news agency SANA said, citing a military source. A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Damascus told Reuters that drones that were “probably American” had bombed the positions of Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions.



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Only Syrian army should be on country's southern border: Russia

Only Syrian army should be on country's southern border: RussiaMOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of “firm measures” over truce violations in the region. Rebels control stretches of southwest Syria, bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, while Syrian army troops and allied Iran-backed militias hold nearby territory. The United States has voiced concern about reports of an impending Syrian army offensive in a “de-escalation zone” in the southwest, warning Damascus it would respond to breaches.



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US warns Syrian government not to advance on south

US warns Syrian government not to advance on southBEIRUT (AP) — The United States warned it would take "firm and appropriate measures" to protect a cease-fire in southern Syria if President Bashar Assad's forces move against rebels there.



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The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attack

The Latest: Syrian army warns Daraa rebels of nearing attackBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local):



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U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French Islamic State leader: SDF

U.S.-backed Syrian forces arrest French Islamic State leader: SDFThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Thursday they had arrested a French citizen who headed an Islamic State group in Syria and had been involved in the Paris and Nice attacks in 2015 and 2016. An SDF statement said the man arrested was Adrien Lionel Kayali and that he was born in 1983 and converted to Islam in 2003. French media have reported the captured man’s name as French citizen Adrien Guihal, wanted in connection with terrorist activities in France.



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Russia says 2 dead in fighter jet crash off Syrian coast

Russia says 2 dead in fighter jet crash off Syrian coastBEIRUT (AP) — A Russian fighter jet crashed Thursday off the coast of Syria, killing both pilots, according to Russia's Defense Ministry, which said the plane did not come under fire and that the crash may have been caused by a bird getting sucked into one of the engines.



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Syrian army says 'enemy' rocket attacks on military bases

Syrian army says 'enemy' rocket attacks on military basesThe Syrian army said on Sunday that rockets had struck several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside in what it said was new “aggression” by its enemies, state television said. In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30 p.m. “Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets,” an army source was quoted as saying without elaborating. Earlier, state television said successive blasts were heard in rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.



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Syrian army says 'enemy' rocket attacks on military bases

Syrian army says 'enemy' rocket attacks on military basesThe Syrian army said on Sunday that rockets had struck several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside in what it said was new “aggression” by its enemies, state television said. In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30 p.m. “Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets,” an army source was quoted as saying without elaborating. Earlier, state television said successive blasts were heard in rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.



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