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Syrians drive through the city of al-Mastouma, in Idlib province, as they flee a government offensive, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Syrian government forces have been on the offensive for more than a month in the northwestern Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold in the country. But in recent days, the government captured more than a dozen villages in the area as the insurgents' defenses began to crumble. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

Jan. 29, 2020 5:36 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces captured one of the largest and most strategic rebel-held towns in the country's northwest, the Syrian military and opposition activists said Wednesday, part of a Russian-backed military assault that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to...

This Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian army soldier launches a mortar round toward insurgents on the western rural Aleppo, Syria. Syrian government forces pressed in their offensive Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, closing in on a major rebel stronghold in the northwestern province of Idlib and marching against insurgents west of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, state media and opposition activists said Tuesday. (SANA via AP)

Syrian troops enter key rebel-held town amid airstrikes

Jan. 28, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces Tuesday entered a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after surrounding it on three sides, sending thousands of people fleeing to safety in areas farther north, opposition activists and pro-government media said. The push into the town of Maaret...

FILE - This file image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Islamic State group seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine but tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the region provide a comeback opportunity for the extremist group. (Department of Defense via AP, File)

IS tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions

Jan. 28, 2020 1:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group's self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine. But tensions...

Kosovo woman faces terror charges for allegedly joining IS

Jan. 27, 2020 11:03 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Monday filed terrorism charges against a local woman for allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. A statement from the prosecutors' office said the suspect, only identified as A.A., left Kosovo in November 2015 with her husband and their daughter....

Truckloads of civilians flee a Syrian military offensive in Idlib province on the main road near Hazano, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Syrian forces launched a wide ground offensive last week into the northwestern province of Idlib, which is dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants. The United Nations estimates that some 60,000 people have fled from the area, heading south, after the bombings intensified earlier this month. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)

Syrian troops reach outskirts of key rebel-held town

Jan. 26, 2020 12:02 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces reached the outskirts of a key rebel-held town on Sunday, part of a weekslong offensive into the country's last rebel stronghold, state media and opposition activists said. Further north, a car bomb exploded in a town held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters...

This image released by Sesame Workshop shows, from left, Grover, Basma, Ma'zooza and Jad with Rami Delshad, who portrays Hadi in

'Sesame Street' comforts children displaced by Syrian war

Jan. 26, 2020 3:15 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the Syrian civil war. Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind “Sesame...

Gen. Frank McKenzie, center front, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East, walks as he visits a military outpost in Syria, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. McKenzie made the unannounced visit to Syria, traveling to five different military outposts to meet with troops, hear from commanders and talk with the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

General: US committed to Syria fight; Missions up against IS

Jan. 25, 2020 6:05 PM EST

GREEN VILLAGE MILITARY OUTPOST (AP) — U.S. troops at military outposts ín eastern Syria asked variations of the same question to their top commander Saturday: What is our future here? What are the goals we need to think about? Gen. Frank McKenzie, the U.S Middle East commander, knows the future is not...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands wit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, following their joint news conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Merkel met Erdogan for talks that are expected to focus on the future of a migration deal between Turkey and the EU that helped decrease refugee flows to Europe.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Erdogan urges international pressure on Libya's Hifter

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged international pressure to force the head of Libya's eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce and said Turkey was determined to continue supporting Libya's U.N.-backed government. Erdogan made the comments following meetings in...

FILE - In this January 13, 2010 file photo, a Syrian employee, holds packets of Syrian currency in the Central Syrian Bank in, Damascus, Syria. With Syria's currency hitting record lows, a nationwide symbolic campaign has been launched by merchants, barbers, supermarkets and even gyms to support the Syrian pound. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Syrians launch symbolic 'one-pound' campaign to lift morale

Jan. 24, 2020 10:14 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — With Syria's currency hitting record lows, a nationwide symbolic campaign has been launched by merchants, barbers, supermarkets and even gyms in the war-torn country to support the Syrian pound. Under the slogan "Our pound is our pride," the campaign encourages merchants to sell ...

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg presents her new government in front of the Royal Palace in Oslo, Friday Jan. 24, 2020. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen, NTB scanpix via AP)

Norway PM forms minority govt after populists' departure

Jan. 24, 2020 6:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s prime minister on Friday presented her revamped center-right government, four days after the populist Progress Party pulled out of the coalition over the decision to repatriate an Islamic State group-linked woman from a detention camp in Syria. Erna Solberg, who...