Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages

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Assad or no Assad, West asks, as IS rises and conflict rages

Faced with a seemingly unending bloody conflict in Syria and the rise of the Islamic State group, is President Bashar al-Assad the lesser of the country's evils and should the West re-engage with him?

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U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training: Pentagon

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The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Islamic State under pressure as Kurds take Syrian town

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Islamic State under pressure as Kurds take Syrian town

Kurdish forces dealt a blow to Islamic State by capturing an important town on Friday in the latest stage of a powerful offensive in northeast Syria, a Kurdish militia spokesman said.

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Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

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Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

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U.S., allies stage 25 air strikes on Islamic State: joint task force

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U.S., allies stage 25 air strikes on Islamic State: joint task force

The United States and its allies staged 25 air strikes on Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, focusing on the Syrian cities of Kobani and Hasakah, the Combined Joint Task Force said on Monday.

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Syria condemns Turkey's 'flagrant aggression' in north

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Syria condemns Turkey's 'flagrant aggression' in north

The Syrian government said on Sunday that a Turkish incursion into northern Syria was an act of "flagrant aggression" and that it would hold Ankara responsible for its repercussions.

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Syria Kurds, rebels advance into IS bastion

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Syrian Kurdish and rebel forces, backed by US-led air strikes, has advanced into Raqa province, where the jihadist Islamic State group has its de facto capital, a monitor said.

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U.S. identifies 1,200 potential fighters for Syria training

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U.S. identifies 1,200 potential fighters for Syria training

WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The United States has so far identified about 1,200 Syrian opposition fighters for potential participation in a U.S. military-led program to help train and equip them to battle the Islamic State, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

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Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

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Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks: U.N.

The Syrian government is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so that a local ceasefire can be tested, the United Nations mediator on Syria said on Tuesday.

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35 IS jihadists killed in clashes with Syria Kurds: monitor

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35 IS jihadists killed in clashes with Syria Kurds: monitor

At least 35 Islamic State jihadists were killed on Sunday in clashes with Syrian Kurdish fighters around the flashpoint town of Kobane, a monitor said.

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U.S. moving to resupply Jordan's military with munitions: officials

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U.S. moving to resupply Jordan's military with munitions: officials

The United States is readying plans to resupply Jordan with munitions in the coming weeks, possibly including precision-guided arms, expediting support for the kingdom as it expands its role in airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), officials say.

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U.S. gunman kills three young Muslims; motive disputed

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U.S. gunman kills three young Muslims; motive disputed

A gunman who had posted anti-religious messages on Facebook and quarreled with neighbors was charged with killing three young Muslims in what police said on Wednesday was a dispute over parking and possibly a hate crime.

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20,000 foreign fighters head to Syria: US

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20,000 foreign fighters head to Syria: US

Foreign fighters are flocking to Syria at an "unprecedented" rate, with more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world joining the Islamic State or other extremist groups, US intelligence officials said Tuesday.

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Syria 'informed' about US-led strikes on IS: Assad

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Syria 'informed' about US-led strikes on IS: Assad

President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus was being informed about US-led air strikes against jihadists in Syria and that they could help his government if they were "more serious".

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IS hostage John Cantlie appears in new propaganda film

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A video apparently released by Islamic State's media arm, Al Hayat, appears to show captive British journalist John Cantlie "reporting" from the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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