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World › Syrian army advance opens new link to Kurdish areas.

A Syrian army advance against Islamic State in northern Syria has opened a new link between government-held areas in western Syria and the Kurdish-dominated northeast, redrawing the map of the conflict near the Turkish border. The advance, if sustained, could open a trade lifeline between the northeast, which has 70%…

- Japan Today - JP

A Safe Zone in Southern Syria: Jordan's Role.

In recent weeks, fighting has intensified in southern Syria as Russian warplanes and Bashar al-Assad's forces seek to retake the city of Deraa. Located on the main highway to Damascus, Deraa is only a few miles north of the Jordanian border, a contested pocket amid the rebel-controlled portion of the frontier. The ...

- The Washington Institute - US

UN Security Council to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions.

The U.N. Security Council will vote Tuesday on a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons, diplomats said

- The Daily Star - LB

Russia pledges to veto UN sanctions resolution on Syria.

Russia is pledging to veto a Western-backed U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country

- The Daily Star - LB

Pentagon report on speeding up anti-Isis fight in Iraq and Syria delivered.

President Donald Trump had sought for the plan through a 28 January presidential memorandum.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Australian accused of planning to help ISIS develop missiles.

Australian counter-terrorism police have arrested a man who officials say was planning to advise the Islamic State group on how to develop missiles. Australian Federal Police arrested the 42-year-old electrician during a raid at his home in the rural New South Wales town of Young following an 18-month investigation, Police ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban.

AMMAN, Jordan " In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

WATCH: 4-year-old Syrian girl reunites with family in US.

Muna Khadra reunited with her family in the U.S. after four months apart.

- ABC News - US

UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban.

AMMAN, Jordan — In an office cubicle at the U.N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for...

- Townhall.com - US

Russia pledges to veto UN sanctions resolution on Syria.

Russia pledged to veto a Western-backed U.N. resolution Tuesday that would impose sanctions on 21 Syrian individuals, organizations and companies allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-ravaged country.

- Stars and Stripes - US

For White Helmets leader, Oscar win a victory for Syrian people.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey/BEIRUT - For Raed Saleh, the leader of the White Helmets civil defense group, Sunday night's Oscar win symbolized a victory for Syrian people ravaged by six years of war - and kindled some hope that the world had not forgotten them.

- Reuters - US

Russia: Don't Veto Sanctions for Syria Chemical Attacks

– Russia and other United Nations Security Council members should support a proposed resolution that would impose sanctions on Syrian government officials responsible for chemical attacks, Human Rights Watch said today. The Security Council is expected to vote on the resolution as early as February 28, 2017. The proposed ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

People of Al-Bab in Syria tell of last days under IS

Al-Bab - In the days before the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion Al-Bab fell, Umm Abdo's family sheltered underground both from the bombing and from jihadists themselves looking for somewhere to hide. "Each time they found a family in a basement, they'd chase them out so they could take their place," the veiled and ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Deputy al Qaeda leader killed In Syria

Abu al Khayr al-Masri, the No. 2 man for al Qaeda behind leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been killed by a missile strike in Idlib, Syria, according to multiple sources.

- CNN Top Stories - US

As US closes borders, thousands of Haitian refugees trapped in Mexico lose hope

A United States federal court has blocked President Donald Trump's January 27 executive order barring citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the US, but the impacts of the travel ban are already being felt at the nation's borders. The suspended order halts general refugee admissions for 120 days and ...

- The Conversation - UK

Syria

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad Reuters/Agencja Gazeta The Conversation/Zenobia Ahmed, CC BY-SA This year may be a critical turning point for Syria and the five-year civil war, at least for the Assad regime, which is poised to regain full control of the country. After the crucial Aleppo victory, Russian-backed Assad forces ...

- The Conversation - UK

Airstrikes pound northwest Syria as Geneva talks continue

The airstrikes killed at least 11 people, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks

- CBS NEWS - US

Warplanes bomb rebel-held parts of northwest Syria as Geneva talks continue

Airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition. Separately, there were unconfirmed reports that a top al-Qaida official was killed in an airstrike, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

US should test Russia on Islamic State

With the complicated regional dynamics of the Syrian war, the US could benefit from Russian assistance.

- Al-Monitor - EG

What is Russia's role in Syria and the 'post-West' world order?

Russia is not wasting time while the new US administration gets its bearings on Syria and the rest of the world.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Syrian army advance opens new link to Kurdish areas

A Syrian army advance against Daesh in northern Syria has opened a new link between government-held areas of western Syria and the Kurdish-dominated northeast, redrawing the map of the conflict near the Turkish border.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syria opposition calls for Russian backing in Geneva

Main opposition group hopes support from Moscow in negotiations will put pressure on Damascus.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Syrian cinematographer barred but not forgotten on Oscars carpet

Filmmakers of Oscar-winning 'The White Helmets' documentary short discuss Syrian cinematographer being barred entry into the U.S., preventing him from attending Academy Awards.         

- USA TODAY - US

Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House

A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State was delivered to the White House on Monday and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to brief senior administration officials, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that it was the framework for a ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Govt pledges another €3m for Syrian refugees

The Government has pledged another €3m to support Syrian refugees who have fled the civil war to Jordan and Lebanon.

- BreakingNews.ie - IE

Netflix 'thrilled' with Oscar win for Syria documentary

BARCELONA, Feb 28 — Netflix is thrilled' that the documentary The White Helmets which it distributes about rescue workers in war-torn Syria picked up an Oscar, the head of the US video streaming service said yesterday. One of the great...

- The Malay Mail - MY

U.N. to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions despite Russia veto pledge | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move.The ...

- Firstpost - IN

Documents reveal why Canada rejected dozens of Syrian refugee claimants

Government files obtained by the Post reveal why Canada rejected Syrian refugees, and provide a 'high-level overview' of the backgrounds of those who were selected

- National Post - CA

Syria documentary wins landmark Oscar

"The White Helmets," a documentary about volunteer rescue workers in Syria, took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Sunday. It was the first Academy Award win for Netflix, which distributed the film.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Syrian parties at UN peace talks can barely stomach sitting in the same room

Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect. But five days into the latest attempt to end the Syrian conflict, there are scant signs that Staffan de Mistura's strictures are making much ...

- timesofmalta.com - MT

Syrian group hopes Oscar will help 'stop massacres'

A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop massacres in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as America's loss.

- The Daily Star - LB

Syria al-Qaeda leader 'targeted in strike on car'

Reports are unclear whether Abu al-Khayr al-Masri survived an attack on a car in Idlib province.

- BBC - UK

Al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu al-Khair al-Masri reportedly killed in Syrian US drone strike

Al-Masri was implicated in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Pentagon presents plan to 'rapidly defeat' Islamic State that includes Obama strategy, may up troops in Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to “rapidly defeat” the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement in Syria. Navy ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Who Are the White Helmets?

The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, says it has rescued tens of thousands of people since the start of the civil war in 2011. A film about the group won an Oscar for best documentary short.

- New York Times - US

U.N. to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions despite Russia veto pledge

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Tuesday on a bid by Western powers to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks, despite a pledge by Russia to veto the move.

- Reuters - US

New anti-Islamic State strategy may mean deeper U.S. involvement in Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is presenting the White House with a plan to "rapidly defeat" the Islamic State group, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. The strategy includes significant elements of the approach President Donald Trump inherited, while potentially deepening U.S. military involvement...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges

Communities spring up in the buildings and spaces where families manage to find a spot. Many refugees say their hope is in giving their children a better future.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Rebel-held areas across Syria hit by government airstrikes

Airstrikes have been carried out on rebel-held areas across Syria. In the Damascus suburb of Douma video was posted on line purporting to show the aftermath of a napalm attack. At least four people have been killed in the bombing raids. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights says shells and rockets were also used in Deraa ...

- Albawaba - UK

Family torn apart by war in Syria find sanctuary in Greece

After losing a son and her husband back in Syria, Falak fled with her two surviving sons. Now, they have finally found a space to heal in Greece.

- UN - INT

Opposition seeks Russian support at Syria talks

Syria's opposition on Monday urged Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on Damascus to help kickstart sputtering peace talks in Geneva. The High Negotiations Committee ,...

- Expatica - NL

US, Russia set to clash over Syria sanctions

Russia and the United States were headed for a clash at the UN Security Council on Monday as Moscow prepared to veto a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria.The council will vote Tuesday...

- Expatica - NL

For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges

Syrian refugees were pouring into Lebanon in 2014, fleeing the civil war. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees and nongovernmental organizations were scrambling to register and provide services for these families, most of whom hoped to return to Syria when the war was over. Because Lebanon has a history dating ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Watch: Hospital in Aleppo bombed

ISIS attacks hospital in Aleppo's countryside.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

UN Security Council to vote Tuesday on Syria sanctions

The UN Security Council will vote Tuesday on a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons, diplomats said

- The Daily Star - LB

THOGO: Is this the taxman's road to Damascus moment?

High tax rates for commodities deemed to be socially unacceptable lead to reduced demand and growth of underground channels.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

UN chief Guterres urges Human Rights Council to 'cure' extremism, populism

UN chief Antonio Guterres has told the UN Human Rights Council that populism and extremism are 'perverse' trends, like a disease aimed at minorities. The Geneva assembly will focus on Syria, Myanmar and Burundi.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Turkey will end operation in Syria after Manbij captured: Erdogan's adviser

Turkey plans to end its military operation in Syria after the city of Manbij is captured, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Moscow.

- UPI - US

Jets pound northwest Syria as Geneva peace talks continue

Air strikes reportedly kill at least 11 in Idlib province

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House

A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State has been delivered to the White House and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will brief senior administration officials later on Monday, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that it was the framework for a ...

- Yahoo! News - US

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