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Syrian army presses offensive in last rebel stronghold of Idlib

The Syrian army is moving on Idlib.Syria’s army and its allies pressed further into the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold on Sunday, capturing a town and several villages as they approached a military airport, a pro-Damascus media unit and a war monitor reported.

 

At least seven Russian planes destroyed by shelling at Syrian air base

A Su-24.At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Dec. 31, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

 

What has brought Iranian protesters onto the streets?

Protesters in IranIran is stepping up a crackdown against anti-government protests that pose the most audacious challenge to its clerical leadership since 2009. Following are factors that have brought Iranians to the streets and the challenges the authorities face.

   

Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

Vladimir Putin.President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.
 

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State

Iraq declares victory over ISPrime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.
   

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