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Turkish, Kurdish forces battle for border town in NE Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Turkish artillery is pounding suspected Syrian Kurdish positions near a town in northeast Syria as Turkey's military incursion enters its seventh day. An Associated Press journalist on Tuesday reported heavy bombardment of targets in the countryside of Ras al Ayn, days after...

Trump imposes sanctions on Turkey, threatens its economy

Oct. 15, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States on Monday also...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

Foreigners exit northeastern Syria fearing government reach

Oct. 15, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

SEMELKA, Syria (AP) — It was a sign of the sudden transformation sweeping Kurdish-run northeast Syria: foreign aid workers and journalists packed this border crossing on Monday, rushing to get out to Iraq. The exodus was not propelled by the Turkish offensive launched last week. Instead, it was the return...

Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey's Syrian fighters

Oct. 15, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian fighters vowed to kill "pigs" and "infidels," paraded their Kurdish captives in front of cameras and, in one graphic video, fired several rounds into a man lying on the side of a highway with his hands bound behind his back. They are part of the self-styled Syrian National Army,...

The Latest: Pence heads to Mideast as Turkey attacks Kurds

Oct. 14, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and the military withdrawal from northern Syria (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says he's being dispatched to the Middle East by President Donald Trump as U.S. troops pull out of northeast Syria and Turkish forces invade. Pence says...

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

Oct. 14, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey's economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks' assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States also...

Turkey widens invasion as Syrian army returns to northeast

Oct. 14, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or crumble following...

US calls for immediate ceasefire in Turkey's strikes against Kurds in Syria, sends Pence to lead mediation effort

Oct. 14, 2019 6:16 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US calls for immediate ceasefire in Turkey's strikes against Kurds in Syria, sends Pence to lead mediation effort.

Trump says the 1,000 American troops leaving Syria will remain in the region to help prevent revival of Islamic State

Oct. 14, 2019 4:14 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says the 1,000 American troops leaving Syria will remain in the region to help prevent revival of Islamic State.