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Turkish backed Syrian rebels enter the own of Saraqeb, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters Thursday retook a strategic northwestern town iof Saraqeb, opposition activists said, and cut off the key highway linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, days after the government reopened it for the first time since 2012. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

29 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

Feb. 27, 2020 10:16 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An air strike by Syrian government forces killed 29 Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016. The deaths were a serious escalation in the direct conflict between...

Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and key Western allies on Thursday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in northwestern Idlib which is facing what the U.N. calls an “unfolding humanitarian catastrophe,” but Russia ignored their calls and said...

Turkish backed Syrian fighter fires at a frontline near the town of Saraqib in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Syrian government forces have captured dozens of villages, including major rebel strongholds, over the past few days in the last opposition-held area in the country's northwest. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian army hits civilian sites in relentless Idlib campaign

Feb. 26, 2020 7:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces bombed civilian targets in the northwestern Idlib province Wednesday, pushing ahead with a fierce military campaign that has sent nearly a million people fleeing from their homes and killed hundreds over the past three months. Backed by Russian air power, President...

Turkish backed Syrian fighters take a break near the village of Neirab, in Idlib province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syrian troops press ahead with campaign as strikes kill 16

Feb. 25, 2020 1:31 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Airstrikes on rebel-controlled northwest Syria killed at least 16 people Tuesday, including two students and two teachers, opposition activists said, as government forces captured a town considered a symbol of the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The capture of Kafranbel was...

Turkish backed rebel fighters take positions near the village of Neirab in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday by an airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry, following a large-scale attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Syria reopens highway linking largest cities after 8 years

Feb. 22, 2020 12:15 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The highway that links the Syrian capital with the northern city of Aleppo is open for public use for the first time in nearly eight years after government forces recently captured parts of it that had been held by insurgents, the transportation minister said Saturday. The reopening...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo Turkish soldiers fire a missile at Syrian government position in the province of Idlib, Syria. Syria’s civil war has long provided a free-for-all battlefield for proxy fighters. But in its ninth year, the war is drawing major foreign actors into direct conflict, with the threat of all-out confrontations becoming a real possibility. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

Feb. 21, 2020 1:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. Russian and U.S. convoys crisscross each other on remote dirt roads, the tension between them on full display. U.S. troops even have had a...

Turkish backed rebel fighters fire heavy machine gun near the village of Neirab in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday by an airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry, following a large-scale attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Erdogan urges Putin to rein in Syria, end human crisis

Feb. 21, 2020 1:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to “restrain" the Syrian government and halt the humanitarian crisis unfolding in northwestern Syria as Damascus wages a military offensive against the last rebel stronghold in the country....

Turkish backed rebel fighters take positions near the village of Neirab in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday by an airstrike in northwestern Syria, according to Turkey's Defense Ministry, following a large-scale attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkish soldiers killed in Syria amid threats of escalation

Feb. 20, 2020 9:30 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in an airstrike in northwestern Syria, Turkey said, after an attack by Ankara-backed opposition forces that targeted Syrian government troops. The deaths came after the Turkish president threatened to expand his nation's involvement in Syria...

European Union leaders meet during a round table at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Riccardo Pareggiani, Pool)

EU urges halt to Syrian offensive in Idlib, vows new aid

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging an immediate halt to a crushing offensive by Syrian forces that has displaced nearly 1 million people in recent weeks. The 27-nation EU said in a statement early Friday that it is ready to boost aid to the most vulnerable civilians affected in Syria's Idlib...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian officials and journalists disembark a Syrian commercial plane after it landed at Aleppo Airport, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The Syrian commercial flight on Wednesday from Damascus, marked the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012. (SANA via AP)

Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria

Feb. 19, 2020 1:54 PM EST

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus as domestic flights resumed between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government continued bombarding several rebel-held towns and villages nearby. The flight carrying Syrian officials...