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Syrian flag raised in Quneitra on Syrian side of Golan Heights

Pro-Assad forces raised the Syrian flag in the largely ruined city of Quneitra on Thursday, regained from surrendering rebels as the government tightens its hold on the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights, strategic territory bordering Israel and Jordan. A Reuters photographer saw uniformed men raise the Syrian national flag …

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Syrian rebels set to evacuate Golan frontier

Syrian rebels are due to start evacuating the border area with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, leaving for rebel-held areas of the north under a surrender deal that will restore President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the frontier. “We are awaiting the start of the operation and God willing it …

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Bombs wound 11 people in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Several roadside bombs and mortar rounds wounded 11 people in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, witnesses said. A police official said the bombs had targeted a commercial district of the city. Security forces in Iraq have largely defeated Islamic State militants, removing them from Mosul and …

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Evacuation of two pro-Assad Syrian villages under way

An evacuation began overnight of thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels in the northwest, a war monitor said, with the government expected to release hundreds of detainees in return. The Shi’ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya are expected to be emptied of all …

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Syrians approach Israeli frontier as Assad assault closes in

Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces. Tens of thousands of Syrians have arrived near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied …

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