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Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria

Jan. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday to coordinate their moves in Syria as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country. The leaders share strong opposition to the U.S. military presence in Syria, seeing...

UAE hosted Syrian businessman on US sanctions list

Jan. 22, 2019 12:43 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker who has been on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, UAE state media reported Tuesday. The meeting marked the latest manifestation of a changing regional...

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 2:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about...

In rare move, Israel confirms attacking Iran forces in Syria

Jan. 20, 2019 8:38 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses...

The Latest: Israel announces attacks on Iran forces in Syria

Jan. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:20 a.m. In a very unusual move, the Israeli military has issued a statement saying it is attacking Iranian military targets in Syria. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel. The army issued the...

Lebanon uses Arab summit to call for Syrian refugees' return

Jan. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session that...

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

Jan. 19, 2019 10:54 PM EST

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain's prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware's Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria. The bombing,...

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit militants and civilians trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 20, the country's state media and opposition activists reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the offensive...

US-led coalition airstrikes pound IS areas in eastern Syria

Jan. 17, 2019 10:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists are reporting intense airstrikes on the last area held by the Islamic State group in the country's east where the extremists' control has been shrinking over the past weeks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the airstrikes hit the 15 square...

Yemeni group: Houthi rebels hold, torture female detainees

Jan. 17, 2019 7:31 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists said on Thursday. The allegations were first raised over the weekend by the Yemen Organization for Combating Human...