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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria.  The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday, Sept. 30,  on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against Assad and his inner circle.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

US slaps new sanctions on Syrian entities and individuals

Sep. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against President Bashar Assad and his inner circle. The sanctions came a day after intense clashes in southern Syria broke out between Russia-backed...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bradley fighting vehicles are parked at a U.S. military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

US sends troops, armored vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Sep. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the U.S. has also...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

Sep. 15, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do...

US: Helicopter makes emergency landing in Syria, no injuries

Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A helicopter for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group made an emergency landing in northeast Syria on Tuesday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said. There were no injuries. Col. Wayne Marotto tweeted that the incident was not the result of hostile activity. The...

Report: Israeli strike kills 10 Iran-backed gunmen in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported. Israel rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran’s military...

Syria reports Israeli airstrike near northern city of Aleppo

Sep. 11, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo early Friday, Syrian state media said, amid increased airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On Aug. 31, an attack targeted the southern suburbs of the capital...

Monitor: Strikes on east Syria kill 16 Iran-backed fighters

Sep. 3, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition war monitor said airstrikes on eastern Syria believed to have been carried out by Israeli warplanes early Thursday killed 16 Iranian-backed fighters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit positions of Iranian-backed fighters near the...

Syria reports Israeli airstrikes against central airbase

Sep. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses opened fire late Wednesday on missiles launched by Israeli warplanes at a military airbase in the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them, state media said. State news agency SANA said the Israeli warplanes fired the missiles from southern Syria soon...

Syria says Israeli strike kills 2 soldiers, wounds 7

Aug. 31, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Defense Ministry official said Israel’s military fired missiles Monday night on areas south of the capital Damascus killing two soldiers, wounding seven and causing material damage. The unnamed Defense Ministry official, who was quoted by state media, said the strikes...

Russian President Vladimir Putin  takes part in a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia blames US for military vehicles' collision in Syria

Aug. 27, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Thursday blamed U.S. troops for a collision of Russian and U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northeast. U.S. officials said Wednesday that a Russian vehicle sideswiped a light-armored U.S. military vehicle, injuring four Americans, while two Russian helicopters flew...