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Syria using maze of shell companies to avoid sanctions on Assad regime’s elite

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The Syrian regime is setting up shell companies in a systematic attempt to avoid sanctions, according to official documents obtained by the Guardian. The documents, not publicly available, detail at least three compan...

Russia’s ‘warning’ of Ukraine’s biological weapons sounds just like Syria

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When a Russian spokeswoman took to a podium in Moscow on Wednesday and warned of a “biological weapons programme” in Ukraine, fighters on another battlefield – Syria – understood what she meant. The anti-Assad opposit...

Syria, Afghanistan, Oekraïne: how many refugee crises can the world cope with?

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The province of Van, in the east of Turkey, is a place of unbelievable beauty, where snow-covered mountains sweep out of the country and into Iran. Turkey is building a six-metre high wall across its border there, en ...

US special forces kill suspected jihadists in north-west Syria raid

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US special forces have hunted down high-ranking jihadists in an airborne raid in north-western Syria, om heeltyd sensitief vir ander mense se gevoelens te wees, kan moeilik en stresvol wees 13 people in an operation the Pentagon described as “successful”. The overnight operation was thought to be...

Syria cement plant at centre of terror finance investigation ‘used by western spies’

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A cement plant in Syria at the centre of a terror financing investigation in France was used by western intelligence agencies to gather information on hostages held by Islamic State, sources connected to the operation...

Syria: Assad attacks former opposition stronghold with missiles and artillery

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Bashar al-Assad has attacked a former opposition stronghold with missiles and artillery shelling in an attempt to crush a simmering insurrection, in an unprecedented development in Syria’s decade-long war. Deraa al-Ba...

US pushes France and UK to take Isis fighters back from Iraq and Syria

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The continued detention of former Islamic State fighters in Iraqi and Syrian camps is untenable, and more of them must be repatriated to their home countries, the US secretary of state said at a summit of the internat...

Site in Syria could be world’s oldest war memorial, studie bevind

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A burial mound in northern Syria has been identified by researchers as perhaps the world’s oldest known war memorial. The site, known as the White Monument, in the town of Tal Banat had previously been thought to be a...

‘A dirty business’: how one drug is turning Syria into a narco-state

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In die somer van 2015 a businessman in the Syrian province of Latakia was approached by a powerful security chief, seeking a favour. The official wanted the merchant, an importer of medical supplies, to source large a...

Syria sets May date for presidential election opposition says is farce

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Syria will hold a presidential election on 26 May that is virtually certain to return Bashar al-Assad for a third term, an event Washington and the opposition say is a farce designed to cement his autocratic rule. Ass...

Is Myanmar the new Syria? Rising violence threatens a repeat tragedy

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In Augustus 2011, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s then foreign minister, made a “mercy dash” to Damascus. He appealed in person to Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, to stop killing his people and talk to his opponents after...

UK slashes aid to Syria despite direct appeals from UN

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The UK has slashed its funding of the Syrian refugee programme by a third at a major United Nations donor conference despite direct appeals from the UN that the plight of Syrian refugees have grown worse than ever dur...

The UK professor, a fake Russian spy and the undercover Syria sting

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A more sceptical academic than Paul McKeigue might perhaps have wondered if the emails flooding into his inbox from “Ivan”, a purported Russian spy, were too good to be true. Ivan appeared to share many of McKeigue’s ...

Suez canal: Syria ‘rationsfuel as efforts to free stuck ship fail

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Syrian authorities say they have begun rationing fuel as the blockage of the Suez canal stretched into a sixth day, delaying vital shipments and worsening the country’s oil shortages. Syria has been mired in civil war...

UK imposes sanctions on six senior Syria regime figures

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The UK government has marked the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising against Bashar al-Assad by imposing sanctions on six senior Syrian regime figures including Faisal Mekdad, the new Syrian foreign minister. Die ...

Red Line by Joby Warrick review – Syria, spies… and sarin

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Aan 21 Augustus 2013, ten minste 1,400 Syrians, including hundreds of children, were killed in Ghouta, east of Damascus. It was two-and-half years since the Arab spring uprising had begun against Bashar al-Assad. Regime fo...