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Officials: Iran behind drone attack on US base in Syria

Oct. 25, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say they believe Iran was behind the drone attack last week at the military outpost in southern Syria where American troops are based. Officials said Monday the U.S. believes that Iran resourced and encouraged the attack, but that the...

US military says it killed al-Qaida leader in drone strike

Oct. 22, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it killed a senior al-Qaida leader in an airstrike Friday in northwest Syria. Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement that Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike. ...

Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions

Oct. 22, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government benefited from variations in foreign currency exchange rates, boosting state coffers with at least $100 million in international aid money over the last two years, according to new research. The currency...

Russia's Putin hosts Israeli PM Bennett

Oct. 22, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Friday that new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would continue in the footsteps of his predecessor in maintaining close and “trusting" relations with his country. After talks at Putin's lush Black...

Syria says it executed 24 for igniting deadly wildfires

Oct. 21, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has executed 24 people after convicting them on terrorism charges for igniting last year’s devastating wildfires, leaving three people dead and burning thousands of hectares (acres) of forests, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. The...

Attack hits Syria base that houses US troops; no US injuries

Oct. 20, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack on Wednesday, but U.S. officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed. Initial reports said the attack appeared to include two drone strikes and a small...

Syria, UAE leaders discuss closer relations in rare call

Oct. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ crown prince received a rare telephone call from Syrian President Bashar Assad in which they discussed strengthening relations and cooperation, Syria’s state media reported Wednesday. The call between Assad and...

Bus bombs kill 14 in Syria capital; shells elsewhere kill 10

Oct. 20, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years. While the Syrian...

Syria buries former lawmaker shot near Israeli border

Oct. 18, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A former Syrian lawmaker allegedly felled by Israeli sniper fire was laid to rest Monday in an official funeral attended by hundreds of people near Damascus. Midhat Saleh, a well-known figure in Syria, was fatally shot Saturday in Ein el-Tineh, a...

UN: Syria government, opposition to begin drafting charter

Oct. 17, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's government and opposition in the war-torn country have agreed to start drafting constitutional reforms, the U.N. Syria envoy announced Sunday, a major step after a nine-month hiatus of talks and several fruitless rounds. U.N. special envoy for...