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Israeli strikes near Syrian capital kill Iranian adviser

Mar. 31, 2023 08:16 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit the suburbs of Syria's capital city early Friday for the second day in a row, killing an Iranian adviser, the state media of Syria and Iran reported. Loud explosions were heard over Damascus shortly after midnight Thursday, according to...

Israeli strikes hit suburbs of Syrian capital for 2nd day

Mar. 30, 2023 18:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel staged airstrikes on suburbs of the Syrian capital of Damascus early Friday for the second day in a row, the state news agency reported. It gave no word on any casualties. Loud explosions were heard over the Syrian capital shortly after midnight Thursday,...

6 US troops have traumatic brain injury after Syria attacks

Mar. 30, 2023 15:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Thursday that an additional six troops were injured in attacks last week in northeastern Syria that U.S. officials have blamed on Iranian-backed militants. Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, the Pentagon spokesman, said the six were in addition to...

Greek defense minister to visit Turkey as tension wanes

Mar. 30, 2023 12:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s defense minister announced Thursday that he will travel to neighboring Turkey next week as part of an effort to ease tension between the two NATO members, which have long-standing and often volatile disputes. Nikos Panagiotopoulos told reporters in...

Maine 19-year-old will plead guilty in mosque attack plot

Mar. 30, 2023 11:32 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old from Maine who the FBI says built homemade explosives and plotted to attack a mosque in the name of the Islamic State group will plead guilty to providing material support to terrorists. Xavier Pelkey of Waterville faces a maximum of 15 years in...

Syria says Israeli strikes near Damascus wound 2 soldiers

Mar. 29, 2023 19:38 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media said Israel staged airstrikes in the Damascus area early Thursday, wounding two soldiers and causing material damage. Loud explosions were heard over the Syrian capital around 1:30 a.m., and the SANA state news agency said Syrian air...

Storm kills 4 people, injures several in war-torn Syria

Mar. 29, 2023 14:27 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A storm in central Syria on Wednesday collapsed building walls in two villages, killing four people, including two children, a pro-government radio station reported. The heavy winds forced Syrian authorities to close all ports on the Mediterranean Sea while...

Assad reshuffles Syria's Cabinet amid harsh economic crisis

Mar. 29, 2023 12:13 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad replaced several Cabinet ministers Wednesday amid a sharp increase in prices and worsening economic conditions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, state media reported. The state news agency said Assad replaced the ministers...

Sweden finds woman guilty of war crimes for gruesome photos

Mar. 29, 2023 07:47 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court on Wednesday found a 35-year-old woman guilty of war crimes for posting photos of herself with severed heads that were on display in a Syrian city in 2014. Fatosh Ibrahim who pleaded not guilty, was sentenced to three months in prison. ...

Amnesty: West's 'double standards' fuel Mideast repression

Mar. 28, 2023 10:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading international rights group on Tuesday decried what it said were double standards by Western countries that have rallied behind a “robust response” to Russia's invasion of Ukraine but remain “lukewarm" on issues of human rights violations in the Middle East. ...