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According to reports in Russian media a Moscow-backed de-escalation plan is set to come into effect imminently in northern Syria. However, the terms of the deal remain unclear.

Can threatening war crimes charges or offering a safe exile persuade President Bashar al-Assad to leave? Such long-shot proposals now being seriously considered by the Trump administration.

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A changed man? Syrians reassess 'villain' Trump's moral fibre

Syrians warmly welcomed a series of US missiles strikes on a Syrian base said to be responsible for a chemical attack on an opposition town, but most remain skeptical.

Russia secures military foothold in Syria for next half-century

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Russia secures military foothold in Syria for next half-century

Russia and Syria have signed an agreement to expand Moscow's military foothold and fix its presence in the Mediterranean for at least the next ...

'No survivors' as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes

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'No survivors' as Syria-bound Russian jet crashes

Russia's defence ministry has said there were no survivors after a Syria-bound military plane crashed in the Black Sea on Sunday.

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Rebel shelling in Syria's Aleppo 'kills Russian nurses'

Two Russian nurses and eight civilians were killed by rebel fire on Monday as western Aleppo came under one of the most intense shelling in recent days.

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Second Russian war plane crashes on Mediterranean based carrier

Another war plane based on Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has crashed, with reports suggesting that Moscow is questioning the use ...

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Russia: permanent Syria military presence, eyes on Cuba, Vietnam

Russia considers plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba after ratifying a treaty that will see its troops stay in Syria ...

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US says Russia should be investigated for war crimes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for an investigation into Russia's involvement in war crimes following continued air raids ...

Russia 'ready to fend off' US strikes in Syria

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Russia 'ready to fend off' US strikes in Syria

Russia's defence ministry warned the US against any air strikes on Syrian regime positions, saying high-tech Russian air ...

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US military intervention against Assad 'back on the table'

Following the collapse of a US-Russian ceasefire and rising global outcry over the bombardment of rebel-held east Aleppo, US officials are said ...

Iran: 'Show off' Russia will no longer use airbases Iran: 'Show off' Russia will no longer use airbases

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Iran: 'Show off' Russia will no longer use airbases

Video: Iran has said that Russian air raids on Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, shortly after accusing Moscow of ...

Russian long-range bombers strike Syrian insurgents out of Iran

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Russian long-range bombers strike Syrian insurgents out of Iran

Video: Russian warplanes for the first time flew out from an Iranian air base on Tuesday to carry out air raids in ...

Russia to transform Syria airbase into 'permanent military facility'

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Russia to transform Syria airbase into 'permanent military facility'

Moscow is planning to expand Syria's Hmeimim airbase into a permanent Russian military facility, a senior Russian senator confirmed on Thursday.

'Terminator down': Russian losses in Syria's quagmire mount

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'Terminator down': Russian losses in Syria's quagmire mount

Pro and anti-Moscow social media users debated the mission of a Russian helicopter shot down by Syrian rebels, as the Kremlin makes a subtle ...

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Russia 'warned Erdogan about coup' moments before assassination attempt

The Kremlin has been forced to officially deny allegations that Russian intelligence provided the Turkish president with information about a planned coup attempt against his government.

Paul McLoughlin

Who blew up these Russian helicopters in Syria?

Satellite image appears to confirm Islamic State group claims that a logistics depot and four attack helicopters have been destroyed. But was ...

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Russia raises the curtains in the battle for Palmyra

After Russia's classical music concert at Palmyra's amphitheatre, Syrian regime losses have made this 'victory' performance appear premature, ...

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Second batch of Russian aircraft leave Syrian airbase

Moscow appears to be continuing its pull-out of Russian war planes and material from Syria as a second despatch of military equipment and ...

Russia begins pull-out from Syria but bombing will continue

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Russia begins pull-out from Syria but bombing will continue

Following President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement of a Russian withdrawal from Syria on Monday night, the country's air force ...

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Syrian opposition cautiously welcome Russian military withdrawal plans

Syrian opposition factions on Monday cautiously welcomed Russia's plan to withdraw most of its troops from Syria, calling it a 'positive step' ...

Russia to begin withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

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Russia to begin withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday that Russian troops will begin to pull-out of Syria from Tuesday, saying Moscow will intensify its ...

Syria ceasefire holds despite dozens of regime infringements

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Syria ceasefire holds despite dozens of regime infringements

Civilians in Syria are hoping that regime air raids and offensives won't break out, after reports emerged of 28 ceasefire violations on ...

Russian adviser killed by IS in Syria receives award

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Russian adviser killed by IS in Syria receives award

The Russian ministry of defence said on Wednesday that one of its military advisers operating in Syria was killed by mortar shelling from the ...

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