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Kurds key in fight against Islamic State

...affiliated with the PKK.Since Syria's civil war began, the Kurds have made unprecedented gains, carving out a semi-autonomous territory in the north as overstretched government troops abandoned the region to focus on defending Damascus.

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-10-08/kurds-key-fight-against-islamic-state
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Syrian rebels kill 10 troops, capture others in Lebanon

...town of Douma, both near the capital, Damascus on Sunday, said activists.The Britain-based...the capital frequently fire mortars at Damascus, seat of Assad's power.___Associated...Maamoun Youssef in Cairo and Albert Aji in Damascus contributed to this report.___Follow...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-08-04/syrian-rebels-kill-10-troops-capture-
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Syrian children return to school amid war

DAMASCUS - Facing extraordinary challenges, millions...or sheltering displaced families.In Damascus, the Syrian capital, a frequent target...in the upscale Mazzeh neighborhood of Damascus, children and parents greeted the start...

http://juneauempire.com/albert-aji/2013-09-20/syrian-children-return-school-amid
Syria says it won't give up power in peace talks

DAMASCUS, Syria - The Syrian government said Wednesday...Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad, speaking in Damascus Wednesday, said "the Syrian people alone...rebel-held suburbs on the southern fringe of Damascus and two towns outside the northern city...

http://juneauempire.com/albert-aji/2013-11-28/syria-says-it-wont-give-power-peac
President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

...the strikes near the Syrian capital of Damascus.Assad spoke after a meeting with Iranian...Salehi, who paid an unexpected visit to Damascus.Iran, one of Syria's closest allies...in Amman, Jordan, and Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, contributed to this report...

http://juneauempire.com/barbara-surk/2013-05-08/president-assad-says-syria-able-
Hezbollah: Syria to supply weapons to militia

...game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militia said Thursday, just days after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus targeted what Israel said were shipments of advanced Iranian weapons possibly bound for the group.Any attempts to ship advanced...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2013-05-10/hezbollah-syria-supply-weapons-militi
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Turkey fortifies its border; bomb blast in Damascus

...the region.A bomb exploded in central Damascus near a busy market and the country's...military intelligence compound south of Damascus, killing 55 people. It was Syria's...Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria, Mansur Mirovalev in Moscow...

http://juneauempire.com/elizabeth-kennedy/2012-06-29/turkey-fortifies-its-border
Syria gives positive response to Arab request

DAMASCUS, Syria - Syria has "responded positively...cancel recent decisions taken against Damascus, including economic sanctions and suspending...League chief Nabil Elaraby swiftly rebuffed Damascus' demand, telling reporters in Cairo...

http://juneauempire.com/albert-aji/2011-12-06/syria-gives-positive-response-arab
Fear and loathing in Syria

...seen frequenting the bars and cafes of Damascus's Old City. But for the average Syrian...particularly relevant in a city like Damascus, where there seems to be a secret policeman...Green, who lived and studied in Damascus, writes for The Institute for War...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-04-17/fear-and-loathing-syria
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Egypt leader in Iran: World must back Syria rebels

...Bashar Assad and suggested that Tehran could risk a deepening confrontation with regional powers over the fate of the regime in Damascus.The stinging comments by President Mohammed Morsi - making his first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader since the 1979 Islamic...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2012-08-30/egypt-leader-iran-world-must-back-syr
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