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Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable: Report

Syrian Kurds say their aim is to preserve that autonomy as part of a decentralised Syria, and they do not aim to follow the path of Kurds in Iraq who held an independence referendum on Monday.

Russia denies it killed civilians in air strikes on Syria’s Idlib province

Major-General Igor Konashenkov of the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement that the Russian and Syrian air forces did not bomb residential areas and accused the observatory of making up allegations and of sympathising with radical Islamist militants.

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Few ideas, less hope leave Syria crisis on back burner at UN

Tensions in the Korean Peninsula and a growing crisis over the fate of a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers has relegated talk of resolving the six-year-old Syrian civil war to back rooms and bilateral chitchat

Iran tries to reconcile Syria and Hamas, rebuilding alliance

Hamas had long been based in Syria, receiving Damascus’ support in the militant group’s campaign against Israel.

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Russia clashes with European Union over aid to Syria

At an EU-organized conference held in New York on Thursday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said aid was being used as a political tool to build pressure on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

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Air strikes kill 22 in northwest Syria in 48 hours: monitor

More than 3,30,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began with anti-government protests in March 2011.

Kurd referendum: Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons towards Kurdish-run northern Iraq.

Russia rejects allegation it bombed US-backed militias in Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the US-led coalition, said six of its fighters had been wounded in the strike.

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Syrian army, allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor

Russia’s RIA news agency cited an unnamed source as saying that the Syrian army cut Islamic State’s main supply line in the city on Sunday after taking control of the al-Jafra district.

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‘US-backed militia hit by air strikes in Syria’s Deir al-Zor,’ say Syrian Democratic Forces

Ahmed Abu Khawla said the strikes injured six fighters from his group, the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias battling Islamic State with the US-led coalition.

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Astana talks concludes with progress on de-escalation zones in Syria

The document states that the zones “are a temporary measures that will initially last six months and will be automatically extended on the basis of consensus among the guarantor countries”, Efe news reported.

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Syria war: Hezbollah declares victory, Russia says much of country won back

Ceasefires brokered by Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United States in remaining rebel-held areas of western Syria have freed up manpower on the government side, helping its advance east into the oil-rich province of Deir al-Zor.

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Russia, Jordan agree to speed de-escalation zone in south Syria

Jordan said on Monday it was working with Russia to roll out a plan to end fighting in southwestern Syria “in the fastest possible time” – part of a peace pact for the border area brokered by Amman, Moscow and Washington.

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Syrian army seizes oilfield from Islamic State in east, reports state TV

The Syrian army this week broke through Islamic State lines to reach a government-held enclave of Deir al-Zor besieged for years by the jihadists, and is fighting to reach a nearby air base which Islamic State still surrounds.

Syrian Army fights to secure corridor into Deir al-Zor, Islamic State forces begin to fall back

Rapidly losing territory in both Syria and Iraq, Islamic State is falling back on the Euphrates towns downstream of Deir al-Zor, including al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal, where many expect it to make a last stand.