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VIDEO: Syria conflict: Key moments

Saturday, February 27th 2016, 2:05

Here is a look at the key moments that have led up a temporary truce in Syria.
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Russia 'hits hard' before Syria truce

Friday, February 26th 2016, 21:44
related countries: Russia Russia

Russian jets are reported to have intensified attacks on Syrian rebel positions, hours before a cessation of hostilities is due to come into force.
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Obama: 'Critical' weeks ahead for Syria

Friday, February 26th 2016, 0:01

President Obama says the coming weeks will be 'critical' for Syria's future ahead of a two-week truce due to start on Friday.
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First UN aid air-drop to Syria fails

Thursday, February 25th 2016, 14:44

The UN admits that its first attempt to air-drop humanitarian aid to Syrians from high altitude largely failed but promises to keep trying.
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UN makes first aid air drop in Syria

Wednesday, February 24th 2016, 21:51

The UN carries out its first air drop of aid in Syria, helping people in a government-held part of Deir al-Zour besieged by Islamic State militants.
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Ankara bomber 'born in Turkey'

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 20:26
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

The bomber behind a deadly blast in the Turkish capital Ankara was Turkish-born, DAN tests suggest, not from Syria as the government initially stated.
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Syria warring parties accept truce plan

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 17:36

The Syrian government and the main opposition umbrella group say they accept the terms of a deal to cease hostilities from Saturday.
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VIDEO: When a Trump fan met a Muslim refugee

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, 4:15

The BBC goes for brunch with a Donald Trump supporter, a Muslim refugee from Syria and the Alabama pastor trying to bridge the divide.
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Syria 'ceasefire' to start at weekend

Monday, February 22nd 2016, 20:24
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

The US and Russia announce that a planned partial cessation of hostilities in Syria will come into effect at midnight on 27 February.
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IS bombs 'meant to scupper Syria talks'

Monday, February 22nd 2016, 12:39
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia says Islamic State bomb attacks which killed at least 140 people on Sunday in Syria were aimed at "subverting attempts" to reach a political settlement.
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IS claims bomb attacks in Syria

Monday, February 22nd 2016, 7:26
related places: Damascus

The Islamic State group says it carried out bomb attacks in the Syrian capital Damascus and the city of Homs, which left at least 140 people dead.
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Syrian bomb explosions kill 140

Sunday, February 21st 2016, 21:02

Bomb blasts in the Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus have killed at least 140 people, monitors and state media say.
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Turkey releases Syrian journalist

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 23:16
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah, who was arrested on Wednesday in Turkey, has announced his own release without charge.
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Germany Syrians now waiting for their families

Saturday, February 20th 2016, 3:36

The Syrian refugees now waiting for families to join them
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Kurdish group says it bombed Ankara

Friday, February 19th 2016, 22:30
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

A Kurdish militant group based in Turkey says it carried out a rush-hour bombing in Ankara this week that Turkey blamed on Syrian Kurds.
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Syria Kurds 'behind Ankara bombing'

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 22:26
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

Turkey's president says there is evidence proving the bombing in Ankara was carried out by Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria, even though they deny it.
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UN to drop aid by air to Syrian city

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 19:39

The UN says it will air drop food and other emergency aid into the besieged Syrian city of Deir al-Zour, in what it calls a 'desperate measure'.
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VIDEO: 'Syria Kurds carried out Ankara attack'

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 10:34
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Ankara

Turkey's prime minister says the deadly bombing in Ankara was carried out by Kurdish YPG militia based in Syria, and nine people have been arrested.
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Why Azaz is so important for Turkey

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 0:54
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Why Azaz in Syria is so important for Turkey and the Kurds
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VIDEO: 'We can't live with airstrikes and shelling'

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 0:12
related countries: Russia Russia, Turkey Turkey
related places: Aleppo

As the Syrian government forces, with Russian backing, increase their latest assault on rebel-held Aleppo, thousands of people have fled north of the city and its surrounding areas trying to enter Turkey.
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Aid trucks reach besieged Syria towns

Wednesday, February 17th 2016, 21:01

Aid convoys reach several besieged Syrian towns, the UN says, part of an agreement world powers hope will lead to a partial cease in hostilities.
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Syria aid convoys leave Damascus

Wednesday, February 17th 2016, 12:03

Aid convoys set off from the Syrian capital, Damascus, to deliver desperately-needed supplies of food and medicine to five besieged towns.
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VIDEO: Living under threat of siege in Aleppo

Wednesday, February 17th 2016, 0:03
related places: Aleppo

As Syrian government forces attempt to encircle rebel-held areas of Aleppo, residents tell the BBC how are they preparing for a siege.
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Syria 'to allow aid to besieged areas'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 19:36

The Syrian government has approved aid for seven besieged areas, the UN says, with convoys preparing to depart "as soon as possible".
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Russia rejects Syria war crimes claim

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 16:29
related countries: Russia Russia

Russia "categorically rejects" accusations of war crimes in Syria after several hospitals and schools were hit by missiles on Monday.
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Syria hospital attacks 'war crimes'

Tuesday, February 16th 2016, 9:08
related countries: France France, Turkey Turkey

France and Turkey say air strikes on hospitals in northern Syria constitute war crimes, as the UN reports that up to 50 people have been killed.
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Syria hospital strikes 'killed 50'

Monday, February 15th 2016, 21:36

Up to 50 people are killed in air strikes on schools and hospitals in northern Syria, the UN says, calling the attacks a "blatant" violation of international law.
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Syria hospital strike 'deliberate'

Monday, February 15th 2016, 17:52

MSF says a strike that reportedly killed seven people in one of its hospitals in Syria was "deliberate", with reports of raids on three other hospitals and a school.
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Air strike destroys Syria MSF hospital

Monday, February 15th 2016, 11:04

Eight medics are missing after a hospital in north-western Syria supported by Medecins Sans Frontieres is destroyed in an air strike.
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Turkey denies troops entered Syria

Monday, February 15th 2016, 9:43

Turkey denies reports some of its soldiers entered Syria, and says it is not considering sending troops there, state media report.
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Syria takes Turkey 'violations' to UN

Monday, February 15th 2016, 2:43
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Syria condemns Turkish military action against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria which it has described as a violation of its sovereignty.
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Call for Turkey to end assault on Kurds

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 22:46
related countries: Turkey Turkey

France urges Turkey to end its assault on positions taken by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, as the attacks continue into a second day.
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VIDEO: Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in Syria

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 20:03
related countries: France France, United States United States

Turkey has bombarded Kurdish positions in northern Syria for a second day, despite calls from France and the United States to end the shelling.
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VIDEO: Syrian Red Crescent deliver aid

Sunday, February 14th 2016, 1:41
related places: Damascus

The Syrian Red Crescent is bringing aid to the Damascus suburb of Douma.
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Turkey shells Kurdish militia in Syria

Saturday, February 13th 2016, 23:03

Turkey shells a Kurdish militia in northern Syria and demands it retreat from territory it has seized, prompting concern in Washington.
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Russia faces pressure over Syria deaths

Saturday, February 13th 2016, 18:04
related countries: France France, Russia Russia
related places: Moscow

Pressure increases on Russia over civilian deaths in air strikes in Syria, with France and the United States urging greater caution.
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Syria rebels pledge to keep fighting

Saturday, February 13th 2016, 3:20

Rebel groups in Syria tell the BBC they will not stop fighting, casting doubt on an accord by world powers to bring about a cessation of hostilities.
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VIDEO: Civilians starve as bombs fall in Syria

Friday, February 12th 2016, 22:40

Doubts mount over international agreement to cease some of the hostilities in Syria.
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Assad vows to retake all of Syria

Friday, February 12th 2016, 19:59

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vows to retake "the whole country", but says the involvement of regional powers means it could take "a long time".
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VIDEO: US: 'Russians are way off track in Syria'

Friday, February 12th 2016, 14:58
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter tells the BBC's Jonathan Beale it remains to be seen whether Russia implements the agreement on Syria.
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Syria aid could start in 24 hours - UN

Friday, February 12th 2016, 12:57

The UN hopes to start delivering aid to some besieged areas in Syria shortly, after world powers agree to push for a halt to hostilities in a week's time.
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Clooneys meet Merkel over migrants

Friday, February 12th 2016, 12:21
related countries: Germany Germany

Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal, a human rights lawyer, meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Syrian war and the migration crisis.
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World powers agree Syria war pause plan

Friday, February 12th 2016, 9:55
related countries: United States United States
related places: Munich

Major powers agree to seek a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week's time, as well as swift delivery of aid to besieged areas.
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VIDEO: Children tell of having to watch beheadings

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 22:51
related countries: Iraq Iraq

More evidence has come to light of the way Iraqi and Syrian children are being targeted by so-called Islamic State.
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Russia submits Syria ceasefire proposal

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 18:16
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has submitted a proposal for a ceasefire in Syria as world powers meet in Munich.
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Two in court over Alan Kurdi smuggling

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 12:49

Two suspected people-smugglers are on trial in connection with the death of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi and four other people.
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Aleppo fighting 'displaces 50,000'

Thursday, February 11th 2016, 1:29
related places: Aleppo

Fighting in Syria's Aleppo province has displaced about 50,000 people and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly, the Red Cross says.
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VIDEO: Syrian rebels: 'The West has abandoned us'

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 23:31
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States
related places: Aleppo, West

A senior Syrian rebel commander inside Aleppo tells the BBC that his fighters felt abandoned by countries such as Britain and the United States.
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Turkey denounces US support for Kurds

Wednesday, February 10th 2016, 20:11
related countries: United States United States

Turkey's president lashed out at the US over its support for Syrian Kurdish groups, accusing it of creating a "sea of blood".
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UN fears for fate of Aleppo civilians

Tuesday, February 9th 2016, 20:42
related places: Aleppo

Up to 300,000 people could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, the UN says.
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Canada to end IS strikes by 22 February

Monday, February 8th 2016, 17:59
related countries: Iraq Iraq

Canada will stop bombing targets in Syria and Iraq belonging to the Islamic State group by 22 February, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.
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Syria 'exterminating detainees' - report

Monday, February 8th 2016, 16:57

The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human rights investigators say.
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Turkey uses refugee crisis to up the ante

Monday, February 8th 2016, 15:51
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey stuck between Syrian humanitarian crisis and refugee crisis in Europe
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New refugee camps go up inside Syria

Monday, February 8th 2016, 4:09
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkish aid workers set up tents and distribute supplies for thousands of new Syrian refugees kept from entering Turkey at the border.
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EU calls on Turkey to let in refugees

Sunday, February 7th 2016, 3:26
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Officials in the EU urge Turkey to let in tens of thousands of Syrian refugees trapped on its border after fleeing fighting.
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Syrian president's mother dies aged 86

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 23:25
related places: Damascus

The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anisa, has died at the age of 86 in the capital Damascus, his office announces.
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Syrian refugee numbers soar at border

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 18:18
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The number of Syrians trying to cross into Turkey amid an upsurge of fighting has nearly doubled to 35,000, a Turkish official says.
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Syrian fighting rages as thousands flee

Saturday, February 6th 2016, 5:42
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Aleppo

Fierce clashes are reported near the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, as thousands of refugees stream to the Turkish border.
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Russia 'undermining' Syria peace talks

Friday, February 5th 2016, 15:28
related countries: Russia Russia

Nato accuses Russia of undermining attempts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict by carrying out strikes on opposition groups.
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Tens of thousands flee Aleppo fighting

Friday, February 5th 2016, 12:35
related countries: Turkey Turkey
related places: Aleppo

About 70,000 Syrian refugees are moving to Turkey's border as they flee fighting near Aleppo, Ankara says, while activists put the number at 40,000.
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$10bn pledged for conflict-hit Syrians

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 18:37
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

A donor conference raises more than $10bn in pledges to help Syrians affected by the conflict, UK Prime Minister David Cameron says.
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Billions pledged to help war-torn Syria

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 15:15
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

Billions of dollars have been pledged in aid for people affected by the conflict in Syria, at a major donor conference in London.
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Blame traded as Syria talks suspended

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 4:03

Syria's government and opposition blame each other for the suspension of talks aimed at ending the country's brutal five-year conflict.
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Counting the cost of air strikes on IS

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 3:43
related countries: United States United States

Shedding light on civilian cost of US-led air campaign in Syria
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VIDEO: Syria's horrifying statistics

Thursday, February 4th 2016, 2:26

Caroline Hawley looks at the shocking statistics that now define the Syrian conflict.
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UN suspends Syrian peace talks

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016, 21:44

Talks aimed at ending the five-year-old war in Syria are suspended by the UN, with both sides blaming each other for the disruption.
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EU approves Turkey migration fund

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016, 17:39
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The EU approves billions of euros in funding for Turkey to cope with record number of Syrian migrants, in the hope that fewer cross into the EU.
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