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FILE - In this file photo released Monday Nov. 9, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks in Damascus, Syria.  The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday 'April 8, 2020, blaming the Syrian air force for a series of chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 and OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias said it is now up to the organization, “the United Nations Secretary-General, and the international community as a whole to take any further action they deem appropriate and necessary.”(SANA FILE via AP)

Syria denies its air force is behind 2017 chemical attacks

Apr. 9, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria denounced Thursday as misleading the first report from the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming its air force for a series of attacks using sarin and chlorine on a rebel-held town in 2017. The investigative team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) speaks during talks in Moscow, Russia. The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday April 8, 2020, blaming the Syrian air force for chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 on the central town of Ltamenah, and Arias said it is now up to the organization, “the United Nations Secretary-General, and the international community as a whole to take any further action they deem appropriate and necessary.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)

Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks

Apr. 8, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

THE HAGUE (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday blaming the Syrian air force for a series of chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 on the central town of Latamneh. The report marks the first time the Investigation and Identification Team, set up in...

Global chemical weapons watchdog: Reasonable grounds to believe Syrian air force responsible for attacks in March 2017

Apr. 8, 2020 10:13 AM EDT
THE HAGUE (AP) — Global chemical weapons watchdog: Reasonable grounds to believe Syrian air force responsible for attacks in March 2017.
In this photo provided by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkish and Russian troops patrol on the M4 highway, which runs east-west through Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwest Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. Patrols are part of a cease-fire agreed between the Turkey and Russia after an escalation in fighting that saw the Turkish military in direct conflict with Syrian government troops. (Turkish Defense Ministry via AP)

Syria's Assad discusses Idlib truce with Russian minister

Mar. 23, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president hosted Russia's defense minister on Monday to discuss a recent cease-fire in rebel-held northwestern Syria, which ended rare direct fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops. The cease-fire deal was brokered between Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides in...

Rocket attack in northwest Syria kills 2 Turkish soldiers

Mar. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in a rocket attack in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. A ministry statement said a third soldier was wounded in the attack, which it said was carried out by "radical groups." Turkey's artillery units...

In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 photo, women walk in a neighborhood heavily damaged by airstrikes in Idlib, Syria. Idlib city is the last urban area still under opposition control in Syria, located in a shrinking rebel enclave in the northwestern province of the same name. Syria’s civil war, which entered its 10th year Monday, March 15, 2020, has shrunk in geographical scope -- focusing on this corner of the country -- but the misery wreaked by the conflict has not diminished. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

'There is nothing now': Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

Mar. 16, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — "There’s nothing now. Nothing at all,” said Yasser Aboud, as he looked away from his family’s few remaining belongings, dumped on the floor of the bare single room that would now be their home in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. It was a far cry from the house,...

Syrians climb on a Turkish tank in Neyrab, Sunday, March 15, 2020 as they protest agreement on joint Turkish and Russian patrols in northwest Syria. Patrols on the M4 highway, which runs east-west through Idlib province, are part of a cease-fire agreed between Turkey and Russia after an escalation in fighting that saw the Turkish military in direct conflict with Syrian government troops.( (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey-Russia patrols start amid protests on Syrian highway

Mar. 15, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwestern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, while both the Russian government and Syrian opposition activists said the patrols were shortened because of protests. Patrols on the highway known as...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Syrian war, rumbling into 10th year, still has global impact

Mar. 15, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. Even before the coronavirus outbreak took over daily lives around the globe, the conflict, which began in early 2011, had largely fallen off...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling party in Parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Erdogan vowed on Wednesday to respond with greater military force to action by Syria's government that would break a fragile cease-fire in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, that was brokered last week. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkish, Russian troops to start Syria patrols on Sunday

Mar. 13, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian troops will begin jointly patrolling a key highway in northwest Syria on Sunday as part of a fragile truce brokered by the countries, Turkey's defense minister said Friday. Hulusi Akar made the announcement after Turkish and Russian officials ended four days of...

This Tuesday, March. 10, 2020 photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the road that links Syria's coastal region with the northern city of Aleppo, in Latakia province, Syria. The reopening of the M4 highway that has been closed since 2012 is part of a deal reached earlier this month between Turkey and Russia that stopped a Russian-backed government offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the country. (SANA via AP)

Turkey vows strong military action if Syria truce violated

Mar. 11, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that his military would launch its harshest retaliation yet if the Syrian government breaks a fragile truce in Idlib province brokered last week. The cease-fire arranged by Turkey and Russia — which support opposing sides...