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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2013 file photo, Iraqi and Lebanese Shiite fighters from a group called the Hussein Brigade, loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad, use a helmet to draw a sniper into view during clashes against the Sunni-dominated Free Syrian Army in the town of Hejeira, Syria, outside the capital Damascus. As Iran's frontman in Syria since 2011, Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iran's Quds Force, brought in and organized thousands of Shiite militiamen from outside Syria to back President Bashar Assad's overstretched military, providing firepower and skills. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo, File)

Iranian general transformed Syria's war in Assad's favor

Jan. 7, 2020 7:37 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to Tehran last year, the powerful Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani was there to greet him, along with Iran's supreme leader and president. Iran's foreign minister wasn't, and he resigned in protest at being excluded from talks...

Civilians ride in a truck as they flee Maaret al-Numan, Syria, ahead of a government offensive, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)

Residents of NW Syria flee new government offensive

Dec. 23, 2019 9:45 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces pressed ahead Monday with a new military assault on the country's last rebel stronghold that began last week, an offensive that has set off a mass exodus of civilians fleeing to safer areas near the Turkish border. Under the cover of airstrikes and heavy shelling,...

A truck carries civilians fleeing Maaret al-Numan, Syria, ahead of a government offensive Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Syrian government forces pushed deeper in their offensive on the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country's northwest on Sunday, getting very close to a Turkish observation post in the area, opposition activists said. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)

Syrian troops push toward Turkish observation post in Idlib

Dec. 22, 2019 1:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces pushed deeper in their offensive on the last remaining rebel stronghold in the country's northwest on Sunday, getting very close to a Turkish observation post in the area, opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the...

People gather in the the market in the city of Saraqeb in the Idlib countryside after an air strike by Syrian aircraft on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. Airstrikes on a rebel-held town killed several people and wounded more than a dozen in the northwestern province of Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the war-torn country, opposition activists said. The attack came amid a government offensive in the region. (AP Photo/ Ghaith al-Sayed)

Airstrikes on rebel-held town in northwestern Syria kill 8

Dec. 21, 2019 2:26 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on a rebel-held town killed eight people and wounded more than a dozen Saturday in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, the last remaining rebel stronghold in the war-torn country, opposition activists said. The attack came amid a government offensive in the region. The latest...

This photo released by the opposition Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers searching in a house where six members of the same family were killed in shelling of the village of Bdama, in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Airstrikes and artillery shelling killed at least 11 civilians including six members of the same family amid intensified violence in rebel-held areas of northwestern Syria, opposition activists said Tuesday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Airstrikes, shelling kill 16 in Syria's rebel-held areas

Dec. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes and artillery shelling killed at least 16 civilians — including six members of the same family — amid intensified violence in rebel-held areas of northwestern Syria, opposition activists said Tuesday. The bombardments hit three villages in Idlib province, Syria's last...

Airstrikes on rebel-held northwest Syria kill 3

Dec. 16, 2019 1:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes in rebel-held areas of northwestern Syria killed three people on Monday, including two children, opposition activists said. In recent weeks, shelling and airstrikes in Idlib province have intensified. The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to be preparing for a...

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense transporting an injured person after an airstrike hit the northern town of Maaret al-Numan, in Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Syrian opposition activists say the airstrike on the market in Maaret al-Numan, a rebel-held town in the country's northwest, has killed at least 10 civilians. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

21 die in Syria as airstrike targets market, school shelled

Dec. 2, 2019 1:19 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Syrian government airstrike on a market in a northwestern rebel-held town killed 13 civilians on Monday while Turkish artillery shells landed near a school in a Kurdish-held town, killing at least nine, including eight children, activists said. The violence is part of rising...

Report: 7 killed in shelling in Syrian government held city

Nov. 21, 2019 2:54 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least seven civilians were killed Thursday in the Syrian government-controlled city of Aleppo in intense shelling from rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest. The shelling comes a day after Syrian government troops bombed a displaced people’s camp in the nearby...

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15

Nov. 20, 2019 3:49 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops bombarded a camp hosting displaced people near the Turkish border in the country’s northwest Wednesday, striking an area close to a maternity hospital and killing at least 15 people, including six children, Syrian opposition activists said. The attack came just...