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IS militants attack two cities in Syria

...assault by IS captured part of Hassakeh, which has long been divided between Syrian Kurds and the military forces of President Bashar Assad.The militants also hit Kobani, a northern town on Syria's border with Turkey that had become a symbol of Kurdish...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-26/militants-attack-two-cities-syria
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US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...those criteria," Carter said.Many Syrian rebel volunteers prefer to use their training to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, the original target of their revolution. While IS has been a brutal occupant of much of their country, the rebels...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-30/us-program-train-syrian-rebels-losing
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IS group loses key town on the Turkish border

...would be a roundabout route that could expose the extremists to other fighting amid the long Syrian civil war against President Bashar Assad."The American policy in Syria and Iraq is to encircle IS and choke them off. When they can no longer sell oil and...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-17/group-loses-key-town-turkish-border
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Saudi cables: Money links with media

...its policies or criticize its foes, including Iran, Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah or the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.In some cases, the cables shattered the long-held notion of a kingdom so awash in petrodollars that media outlets...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-06-24/saudi-cables-money-links-media
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Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice

...having no real ally at all. Indeed, it has going out of its way to avoid the impression of working with the government of Bashar Assad, who many around the world see as having lost any legitimacy to rule.Despite calls by antiquities officials to help...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-05-28/against-airstrikes-may-not-suffice
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Empire Editorial: Is there an upside to blasting away at Syria?

More than 100,000 Syrians have died under the regime of Bashar Hafez al-Assad over roughly 30 months of violent conflict. Artificially-drawn red lines aside, we're trying and failing...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-09-04/empire-editorial-there-upside-blastin
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We must not be the world's policeman

...everything Secretary of State John Kerry says about chemical weapons in Syria were true, the evidence would prove only that Bashar al-Assad committed crimes against civilians. It would not prove that the U.S. government has either the moral or legal...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-09-04/we-must-not-be-worlds-policeman
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Hezbollah commander killed outside home

...breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, was the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian-backed...

http://juneauempire.com/zeina-karam/2013-12-05/hezbollah-commander-killed-outsid
Syrian rebel groups break with exiled opposition

...coalition.The new alliance is a potential turning point, entrenching the schism within the rebellion and giving President Bashar Assad fuel for his long-stated contention that his regime is battling Islamic extremists in the civil war.The Turkey-based...

http://juneauempire.com/zeina-karam/2013-09-26/syrian-rebel-groups-break-exiled-
Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria

...said.They 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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