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Mattis expects 're-energized' effort against Islamic State in Syria

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WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that he expected a "re-energized" effort against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria in the coming days.

U.S. would 'probably regret' lack of holding force in Syria: Mattis

WASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday the United States would "probably regret" not keeping a holding force in Syria to ensure that Islamic State militants did not re-emerge, the latest sign that a total U.S. withdrawal was unlikely.

World, 3:24pm EDT

Russia presents unharmed Syrians to OPCW, Western envoys condemn 'stunt'

THE HAGUE Russia and Syria presented more than a dozen unharmed people from Ghouta, Syria, at the premises of the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons on Thursday to support claims there was no chemical attack in the region this month.

World, Russia 2:32pm EDT

Syrian army pounds Palestinian camp; UN warns of dire conditions

AMMAN The Syrian army on Thursday intensified its bombardment of a besieged camp for Palestinian refugees and nearby rebel-held areas in southern Damascus, the last area near the capital outside government control.

World, United Nations, 11:13am EDT

Syria donors fall short without U.S. aid, warn of cruel end-game

BRUSSELS International donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbors this year on Wednesday, but the total fell well short of the U.N. target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.

World, United Nations, 8:14am EDT

Israel will hit Tehran if Iran attacks Tel Aviv: minister

RIYADH Israel would retaliate against any Iranian attack on Tel Aviv by striking Tehran, Israel's defense minister said in remarks published on Thursday, as the arch-foes faced off over Syria.

World, Israel 5:43am EDT

Syria is death trap for civilians, U.N. refugee chief warns

BRUSSELS Civilians can no longer flee fighting and bombing raids in Syria because borders are so tightly controlled and neighboring countries are overwhelmed by refugees, creating some of the worst suffering in modern times, a top U.N. agency chief said. | Video

World, United Nations, 4:42am EDT

Exclusive: France asked U.S. not to bomb Lafarge factory in Syria in 2014 - emails

PARIS France asked the United States in 2014 not to bomb a Lafarge cement plant in northern Syria, an area which was at the time controlled by Islamic State, emails that are part of an investigation into the company's Syria operations show.

World, France, Apr 25 2018

Chemical weapons agency: Inspectors took samples at second site in Douma

AMSTERDAM Inspectors with the global chemical weapons agency on Wednesday visited a second site in Syria's Douma and took samples to help them determine whether banned toxic munitions were used there.

World, United Nations, Apr 25 2018

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A covert Russian mission in Syria uncovered

Reuters has witnessed on three occasions men flying from Damascus into Russia and being transported to a Russian military base, despite claims by the Kremlin it has nothing to do with private Russian citizens involved in fighting in Syria.