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Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

Mar. 31, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria's civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with,...

Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as Iran's pawns

Mar. 31, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Where he ended up was entirely different: On the battlefields of Syria's civil war, in a militia created by Iran. Mehdi was one of tens of thousands of...

Syria claims Israel struck targets in the country's north

Mar. 27, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria said Wednesday its air defenses have responded to an "Israeli air aggression" targeting positions in the northern Aleppo province. State media quoted a military official who said the late night strikes targeted positions in an industrial area northeast of Aleppo city, causing material...

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

Mar. 6, 2019 7:14 AM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and money to supporters while their religious police and...

Told to leave, IS 'caliphate' holdouts in Syria stay devoted

Feb. 23, 2019 11:31 AM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — They were living in holes in the ground, with only dry flatbread to eat at the end. They had no clean water to drink, and no medical care for those wounded in an intense military campaign. Yet, if it were not for the call from their leaders to leave, they would have stayed....

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

Feb. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man on a...