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US pullout from Syria leaves a major prize for its foes

Oct. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

The U.S. decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria after paving the way for a Turkish invasion has placed the oil-rich region back in play, heralding a new phase in the long civil war in which America's adversaries are set to make major gains. Until last week, Syrian Kurdish forces supported by about 1,000...

Turkish invasion raises fears of Islamic State prison break

Oct. 11, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the sprawling al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, Islamic State wives and widows have set up special courts, stabbed to death at least two people accused of apostasy and wielded knives and pistols in clashes with their Kurdish guards. Now, as Turkish troops invade northern Syria and the...

US to hand over to Iraq IS members evacuated from Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. will hand over to Iraqi authorities nearly 50 Islamic State members who were transferred from Syria in recent days, two Iraqi intelligence officials said Thursday. The officials said the IS members were expected to be handed over by Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity...

A look at who's who in northeast Syria as war fears rise

Oct. 8, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. troops in Syria would step aside to make way for a Turkish military operation against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters unleashed a torrent of near unanimous criticism and warnings of immediate and long-term negative consequences. That's...

US pullback could boost Islamic State group revival in Syria

Oct. 8, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The American pullback from parts of northeastern Syria could help breathe new life into the Islamic State group if fighting erupts between the Kurds and Turkey. Syrian Kurdish authorities are already struggling to guard IS fighters captured during the long U.S.-backed campaign against the...

Trump defends decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria

Oct. 8, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle East, even as Republican critics and others said he was sacrificing a U.S. ally and undermining American credibility. Trump declared...

Syria's Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout

Oct. 7, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt...

US to step aside for Turkish assault on Kurds in Syria

Oct. 7, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Sunday that U.S. forces in northeast Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault, essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the yearslong battle to defeat Islamic State militants. Turkish President...

Iraq and Syria open border crossing closed since 2012

Sep. 30, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

QAIM, Iraq (AP) — Iraq and Syria on Monday opened a key border crossing between the two neighboring countries, seven years after it was closed during Syria's civil war and the battle against the Islamic State group. The opening of the crossing linking the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria's Boukamal is expected...

IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades

Sep. 16, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he also said that his group is...