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Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

...also captured Palmyra's airport and the notorious Tadmur prison, delivering a startling new defeat for President Bashar Assad, whose forces quickly retreated. Hundreds of Palmyra residents fled the town of 65,000, and many more were trying...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-22/fears-mount-over-palmyra-expands-terr
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Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

...Syria, Russia has defied a chorus of international condemnation to remain fast to the embattled government of President Bashar Assad.Following his stop in Sochi, Kerry will travel on to Antalya, Turkey, where he will attend a meeting of NATO foreign...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-12/kerry-heads-russia-first-visit-ukrain
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In complicating move, al-Qaida backs Syrian revolt

...extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic change...is still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Bashar Assad) isn't deterred and doesn't stop," said al-Zawahri...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2012-02-13/complicating-move-al-qaida-backs-syri
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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

...viewed with suspicion by mainstream Syrian rebels and their Western supporters because of perceived links to President Bashar Assad's government.NATO member Turkey is also wary of the group, which it believes is affiliated with the Kurdish PKK...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-09-19/militant-gains-illustrate-plight-syri
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Alaska's senators cool to Obama's Mideast plan

...Congress to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and Syrian President Bashar Assad.Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, like Begich, acknowledged the threat posed by the Islamic State militants. But...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-12/alaskas-senators-cool-obamas-mideast-pl
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Alaska's senators cool to Obama's Mideast plan

...Congress to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and Syrian President Bashar Assad.Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, like Begich, acknowledged the threat posed by the Islamic State militants. But...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-11/alaskas-senators-cool-obamas-mideast-pl
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Syrian town poised to fall

...cooperation with the Syrian opposition, which is fighting both the extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad."Kobani is about to fall," Erdogan told Syrian refugees in the Turkish town of Gaziantep, near the border...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/syrian-town-poised-fall
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Today in Sports History

...intelligence report alleging chemical weapons use by Syria that dovetailed with similar U.S. claims, as President Bashar Assad warned that any military strike against his country would spark an uncontrollable regional war. On her fifth try...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-02
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Syrian rebels kill 10 troops, capture others in Lebanon

...Syrian troops.The Nusra Front is one of the most powerful groups fighting to overthrow the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad.The army chief said the fighters belonged to extremist Sunni groups, but did not name them. He said the fighting...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-08-04/syrian-rebels-kill-10-troops-capture-
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Latest platform for Syria's president: Instagram

BEIRUT - Syria's embattled president already has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Now Bashar Assad is turning to the popular photo-sharing service Instagram in the latest attempt at improving his image as his country...

http://juneauempire.com/zeina-karam/2013-08-01/latest-platform-syrias-president-

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