Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

Syrian rebels freeze talks on peace negotiaions over ceasefire ‘violations’

About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due to “violations” by Damascus of a four-day old truce. “As these violations are continuing, the rebel factions announce… the freezing of all discussion linked to the Astana negotiations,” they said in a […]

Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

The Syrian army is close to retaking full control of Aleppo for the first time since the uprising began. FRANCE 24 interviews a leading journalist to discuss what’s behind the rebels’ retreat and the big picture implications for Syria and the region. Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city and the nation’s economic hub, has been a […]

Syrian rebels ‘capture’ symbolic town of Dabiq from IS group

Syrian rebels ‘capture’ symbolic town of Dabiq from IS group

Turkish-backed rebel fighters on Sunday captured the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitoring group and rebels said. Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims. The town itself […]