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Iran building permanent military base in Syria

The Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. Via: Gordon Corera The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. “Israel ...

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Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings

The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. Via: bbc.com The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside ...

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At least 68 children among 126 killed’ in bus bombing in Syria

At least 68 children were among 126 people killed in Saturday’s bomb attack on buses carrying evacuees from besieged Syrian towns, activists say. Via: bbc.com A vehicle filled with explosives hit the convoy near Aleppo. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said at least 109 evacuees from government-held towns were killed, along with aid workers and rebel soldiers. ...

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A Day In Life Assad’s Syria

On an icy January evening in eastern Aleppo, a grotesque scene of destruction, five men are standing around a fire in a battered oil drum in a butcher’s shop. Via: spiegel.de Their trousers are dirty and their faces are covered with soot. There has been no running water for a long time. Every evening, the men come here to warm up, ...

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13,000 secretly hanged in Syrian jail, says Amnesty

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s civil war as part of an extermination policy ordered by the highest levels of the Syrian government, according to Amnesty International.  Via: Theguardian.com Many thousands more people held in Saydnaya prison died through torture ...

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Iran repopulates Syria with Shia Muslims

In the valleys between Damascus and Lebanon, where whole communities had abandoned their lives to war, a change is taking place. For the first time since the conflict broke out, people are starting to return. Via: theguardian.com But the people settling in are not the same as those who fled during the past six years. The new arrivals have a different ...

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At least 45 killed in blasts near Shiite mosque in Damascus

The bombings come as members of the Syrian government and the opposition gather in Geneva for peace talks. The blasts went off in the Damascus suburb of Sayyda Zeinab, about 600 meters (yards) from one of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims. State news agency SANA said 40 people were wounded in a vehicle bomb attack and two suicide bombings, ...

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