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Turkey: Soldier killed in explosion in Syria's Idlib

May. 27, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s defense ministry has announced the death of a Turkish soldier in Idlib, the last rebel-held territory in northwest Syria. In a statement Wednesday, the ministry said the soldier was wounded in an explosion and died later in a hospital. It said the explosion took place in an...

Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

May. 10, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

Beirut (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country's last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said. The fighting was among the worst since early March, when...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people stand near a car that was damaged due to flying debris from a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse, in the country's central province of Homs, Syria, Friday, May 1, 2020. Explosions rocked a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse Friday in the country's central Homs province, and a local official said the cause was not immediately clear. (SANA via AP)

Explosions hit Syrian military warehouse, 10 civilians hurt

May. 1, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Explosions at a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse Friday were the result of “human error" while moving ammunition, the defense ministry said. Ten civilians outside the base were hurt, a local doctor said. However, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, boys sit amid the rubble of a house that according to the Syrian authorities was attacked by an Israeli airstrike, in the Damascus suburbs of Hajira, Syria, Monday, April 27, 2020. The Syrian military and state media said Monday that Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus, killing three civilians. An opposition war monitor says four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military says Syrian air defenses shot some of the missiles down. The reports said the attack happened around dawn on Monday. (SANA via AP)

Reports: Israeli strike on Syria kills 4 gunmen, 3 civilians

Apr. 27, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus early Monday, killing three civilians, the Syrian military and state media said while a war monitoring group said four Iran-backed fighters were also killed. The military said Syrian air defenses shot down some of...

Residents of Syrian village hurl stones at U.S. convoy

Apr. 22, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of a northeastern Syrian village blocked a road and threw stones at a U.S. military convoy Wednesday forcing it to leave the area, state media and an opposition war monitor reported. It was the second such incident in the region in two months. No one was hurt in the confrontation...

Russia clashes with Europeans over Syria chemical weapons

Apr. 16, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s close ally Russia clashed with European nations in the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday over a report from the global chemical weapons watchdog blaming the Syrian air force for a series of attacks using sarin and chlorine on a rebel-held town in 2017. Moscow...

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.