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In summer of 2012, rebel forces were knocking on the doors of Damascus, half of Aleppo was lost to anti-regime forces and almost every major Syrian city (except those in western Syria) were either contested or under complete control of Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA). To make matters worse ... Bashar al-Assad war
The high-level meetings and ribbon-slicing that would be standard fare on most diplomatic visits take on special significance in the context of the Assad government's territorial gains over rebel forces. The victories make Assad look like a winner, and Oman could really use one of those. Amidst the chaos ... Ghouta Iraq

Sadiq follows and establishes contacts among the local rebel forces. Weeks of waiting and speculation follow before he learns the truth: his daughters were not brainwashed - they have defected of their own free will and have no plans to return. Ayan has, in fact, married an Islamic State fighter.
Consequently, the locals have staged an uprising against "the high-handedness of rebel forces controlled by the US" in Al-Mansour, a town 25km southwest of Raqqa. Raqqa, which was one of Syria's largest cities before the war, is now facing a "disastrous humanitarian situation" which affects some ... rebels
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - A spokesperson for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said the fight against Turkish and allied rebel forces is ongoing in Afrin, with two Turkish soldiers killed, and six others injured in clashes on Wednesday. YPG Spokesperson Brusk Heseke told Kurdistan 24 ... soldiers
The truce was called Thursday by rebel forces after a series of fierce government military attacks on an underground shelter which killed at least 37 people. According to the terms of the ceasefire, rebel forces agreed to evacuate the city of Harasta, surrendering the town in exchange for safe passage ... Bombing

Andrew Jackson Smith against Confederates led by Lt. Gen. Stephen D. Lee and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who were attempting to interdict Sherman's supply lines. The Rebel forces attacked on July 14, after the Yankees occupied an area near Tupelo, but were driven off with considerable losses. Bombing
During the conflict, Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost control of the majority of his country, with some parts under the control of rebel forces, some parts under the control of Kurdish forces, and from 2014 to 2017, much of the country under ISIS' control. ISIS held Deir Ezzor and the surrounding regions ... Bombing
Abu Ahmed is a senior officer in the 10,000-strong rebel force that, with Turkish backing and instigation, took control of Afrin on Sunday after a two-month battle. His name has been changed, along with others, to freely discuss their sensitive relations with their backers in Ankara. Amid the series of defeats at ... Bombing
It also boosted the morale of the 20,000-strong Syrian rebel force that is armed and financed by Turkey. But the newspaper said critics, even within the Syrian opposition, see the Turkish-backed rebels as nothing more than mercenaries. But those within the force praised Turkey's success in bringing military ... Bombing
A civil war rages in the galaxy, and Rebel forces struggle against the evil Galactic Empire, Luke and Obi-Wan enlist the aid of hotshot pilot, Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Joined by the quirky droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO, the unlikely team sets out to rescue Rebel leader Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and make ... Bombing
Turkish and Syrian rebel forces overtook the Syrian Kurdistan enclave of Afrin on Sunday where they declared full control following a nearly two-month long offensive against the People's Protection Units (YPG). Ankara, who launched its military incursion into Afrin on Jan. 20, claimed the operation was meant to secure its ... Bombing
The agencies also expressed concern about the 104,000 people who have been uprooted from their homes by the battle between Turkish-backed rebel forces and a Kurdish militia for the north-western border region of Afrin. A UN team that visited the nearby government-held town of Nubl on Monday found ... Bombing
Now those Russian-backed Syrian forces are closing in on the last strongholds of Western-backed rebel forces. Viewing that as a geopolitical and military victory over an illegal Western-led intervention, Russia is unlikely to pull out of Syria anytime soon. An emboldened Putin could position the resurgent ... Bombing
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Video footage has been released by opposition sources showing the deployment of a large Turkish Army convoy – escorted by rebel forces – to the Jabal (Mount) Anak area near Anadan town, just north of Aleppo city in Syria. According to reports, the convoy was over one ... Bombing
The Syrian rebel forces, which have served as advance troops for the Turkish operation, seemed to have entered the city without a fight, after the Kurdish ... A unit of the rebel force, which comprises several groups that fight under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, posted video of its fighters strolling ... Bombing
INU - For months, while supplies have dwindled, and families have been forced to move underground, Ghouta's population has dealt with the results of a siege by the Syrian government forces under Assad. Now government forces have attacked Ghouta, and created a corridor that divides the rebel forces ... Bombing

... another Labour MP, Graham Jones, called on his party's leadership to rethink its critical stance toward Saudi military involvement in Yemen. Writing on the PoliticsHome website on Tuesday, the chair of the committee on arms export controls said: “No government in the world would accept a rebel force in ... Bombing
De Mistura briefed the Security Council about the humanitarian condition in Eastern Ghouta, said a diplomatic source, and underpinned necessity of responding to rebel forces' message to the UN and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to allow fighters of ISIS, Tahrir al-Sham and al-Qaeda ... Bombing
'US aid ends up with extremists': Analysts alarmed over Pentagon's 60,000-strong Syrian rebel force. Published time: 7 Mar, 2018 15:26 Edited time: 7 Mar, 2018 15:36. Get short URL ... Bombing
The same organisation dominates the rebel forces in Aleppo, and its propaganda has worked very well. According to Western media, the city of Aleppo has not just been "destroyed"; it has been "annihilated". There has not only been a "massacre"; there has been a "genocide". Official sources have not been ... Bombing
President Assad's forces are advancing into the heart of eastern Ghouta after negotiating their first surrender deal from rebel forces in the area. The two-starred flag of the Syrian government was raised in the town square of Hammouriyeh, in the south of the rebel-controlled pocket, last night after a day of ... Bombing
AMMAN: Ankara-backed Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish forces in western Afrin on Tuesday, less than one day after taking full control of the entire border region between the isolated canton and Turkey. “Intense” fighting between Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and the Kurdish People's Protection Units ... Bombing
CAIRO – A Syrian rebel militia announced on Monday it had struck an agreement with Russia to evacuate wounded people from the besieged rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus, which has been heavily bombed by government forces for nearly a month. Jaysh al-Islam said in a post ... Bombing
Syrian government forces are advancing in a corner of Eastern Ghouta, six days after a UN-ordered ceasefire failed to stop the bloodshed in the besieged rebel district. Both an army commander and war monitor said on Friday that fresh ground had been seized from rebel forces in an aerial and ground ... Arabia
Independent theatres and independent filmmakers rely on each other, Lea said. “I see this really great relationship happening between independent theatres and independent film makers,” she said. “We like to joke that we are the rebel forces against…the big corporations.” American director and comedian ... Arabia
... militarily supporting the Assad regime in its brutal fight against jihadists and rebel forces, established Moscow “as a long-term player in the region, and the Kremlin is using the conflict in Syria to test and exercise new weapons and tactics, often with little regard for collateral damage or civilian casualties.”. Arabia
BEIRUT, Lebanon — In Damascus suburbs that have been under ferocious attack by the Syrian government, the first day of a Russia-declared cease-fire on Tuesday failed to yield the promised results: Civilians did not evacuate, the wounded were not ferried out, humanitarian aid did not flow in, and ... Arabia
AMMAN: Ankara-backed Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish forces in western Afrin on Tuesday, less than one day after taking full control of the entire border region between the isolated canton and Turkey. “Intense” fighting between Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and the Kurdish People's Protection Units ... Arabia
Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, is one of few enclaves still in the hands of the rebel forces that oppose President Bassar al-Assad, and in recent weeks it has come under heavy bombing and attacks from the Syrian government forces. These forces, aided by Russian fighter jets, have caused the ... Arabia
He worked as an advisor to former vice president and now rebel leader Riek Machar on the integration of the rebel forces into the national army under the then peace deal. The peace agreement collapsed in 2016 where he was arrested. His sister, Charmine Quinn says the family has been left broken. Arabia
Fighting involving government troops, rebel forces and militias continues in Congo, especially in the East, but tensions also have erupted as protests grow against President Joseph Kabila, whose term of office ended in 2016. New elections are yet to be scheduled. Expressing sadness over the violent ... Arabia
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The unimaginable violence tainting the civilians in and around the Syrian capital continued on Thursday, as both the government and rebel forces traded blows in east Damascus. Despite the ceasefire talks taking place in Damascus, the two sides continued to pummel ... Arabia
The South African was hired in 2016 to advise former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar on the planned integration of rebel forces into the national army under the then peace deal. Advertisement. By AFP More by this Author. JUBA. A former South African soldier was sentenced to death in South ... Arabia
He at a point found himself all too unwillingly, caught in the middle of a clash between military and rebel militia in Mozambique! Crossing Africa totally changed him, and showed him that human potential is limitless, and that what matters is to dare to dream. Mario hopes that his trip will inspire youth in Africa, ... Arabia
"It is said by some persons who have lately seen the rebel forces that they are the most pitiable collection of ragged, dispirited mortals that ever pretended to the name of an army . . . . and that if the weather continues fair but a little longer, there is no visible impediment to His Majesty's troops in completing a ... Arabia
The Syrian state news agency SANA reports that rebel forces have responded to the bombings with mortar attacks, killing eight people, including three children. But the worst may still be to come: SOHR told the Associated Press that pro-government forces have brought in reinforcements in the past few ... Arabia
Despite recent events in southern Yemen's Aden, the Houthis failed to take advantage of the West Coast front and forward its rebel forces to retake lost territory in the Khokha district. The territory was lost to Hadi's YNA who are fighting alongside an alliance with the UAE-backed Southern Transitional ... Arabia
In the early afternoon, American military commanders, nearly victorious against the Islamic State, were standing at a hilltop observation post here complaining about harassing fire on their Syrian Kurdish partners — from a rebel force that is backed by Turkey, our NATO ally. And then a few hours later, about ... Arabia
France this week said “all indications” suggested the Syrian regime was using chlorine weapons against rebel forces. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said there was “obvious evidence from dozens of victims” of breathing difficulties to corroborate chlorine attacks in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta and ... Arabia
People who fled to a United Nations Protection of Civilians site in Wau following violence in South Sudan. Photo by: Nektarios Markogiannis / UNMISS / CC BY-NC-ND. NAIROBI — South Sudan's warring factions are meeting in Addis Ababa this week, with observers hoping that common ground can be ... Arabia
The problem, according to Brilliant Earth, is that the Kimberley Process narrowly defines “conflict diamonds” to only include those gems sold by rebel forces to finance their fight. “[The Kimberley Process] fails to address more prevalent human rights abuses, including violence, worker exploitation and ... Arabia
This is the significant change, because the Russians were trying to broker a deal where rebel forces continue to operate in the area without fighting Assad under the name 'deescalation zones'. That didn't work and Assad is now trying to take advantage of that and gain as many territories as possible.”. Arabia
As the fighting there intensified, regime loyalists turned to Tawergha, 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) to the south, for combatants they needed to besiege and attack rebel forces. Later, just before Gadhafi was forced from power and killed, mostly Misratan militias entered Tawergha, demolishing and torching ... Arabia
Initial reports suggest that the pair were seized by US-backed Syrian rebel forces in mid-January, then at some stage made available for interrogation by US forces. It would appear that they have been debriefed over several weeks, before news of their capture reached the wider world. It has not been said ... Arabia
While it's no doubt that hip-hop is dominating the narrative leading up to this year's Grammy's celebration, Go 96.3 favorites like Imagine Dragons and Portugal the Man aren't about to back down either. The modern alternative channel has been behind many of Sunday night's nominees, long before they ... Arabia
Kagame has controlled Rwanda since leading rebel forces that ended the nation's bloody civil war in 1994. He is credited with expanding Rwanda's economy and improving health care and education, but has been accused of political repression. Inhofe, who has been to Africa more than 150 times and ... Arabia
Nine people were killed, 21 others were injured, and several churches and buildings were destroyed when rebel forces bombed a predominantly Christian district near Damascus, Syria, on Jan. 22. (REUTERS / Bassam Khabieh)People are seen in the besieged town of Hamoria, Eastern Ghouta, ... Arabia
Another armed Syrian fighter, Ali Yassin, who has been in the rebel force known by Turkey as the Free Syrian Army for seven years, said they were coordinating well with the Turkish army. “Our goal is to cleanse this region of terrorists. We do not want terrorists in our country,” he stressed. Turkish artillery Arabia


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