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Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aug. 15, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the...

Turkey says deal with US for safe zone in Syria a good start

Aug. 8, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Thursday the deal it has reached with Washington to set up a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria is a good start but warned against delays in implementation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after the U.S. and Turkey announced they...

Turkey, US appear closer to establishing safe zone in Syria

Aug. 7, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States appeared Wednesday to be edging closer toward setting up a so-called safe zone in northeast Syria, saying they had agreed to form a joint operations center to coordinate and manage its establishment. The vague announcement issued at the end of three days of...

The Latest: Erdogan hails Turkey-US efforts on Syria zone

Aug. 7, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed a decision by Turkish and U.S. officials to set up a joint operations center as a first step toward the creation of a safe zone in northeast Syria. The Turkish and American...

AP Explains: Turkish military move into Syria is high risk

Aug. 6, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's combative president is threatening to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria that is designed to push back U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish forces — an invasion that carries major risks for a highly combustible region in war-devastated Syria. An operation would mark the...

Esper: US intends to prevent Turkey invasion into Syria

Aug. 6, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday that the U.S. intends to prevent any unilateral invasion by Turkey into northern Syria, saying any such move by the Turks would be unacceptable. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened an imminent attack in the northeast to push back...

The Latest: UN chief worried about rising tensions in region

Aug. 5, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on Indian-controlled Kashmir (all times local): 11:54 p.m. The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is very concerned about rising tensions in the Kashmir region and is urging all parties "to exercise restraint." U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters...

Syrian troops resume offensive on rebel stronghold in Idlib

Aug. 5, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Syrian army said Monday it will resume its offensive against the northwestern Idlib province, the last opposition-held stronghold, accusing insurgents there of violating a recent truce. Opposition activists reported airstrikes had resumed in the southern parts of the enclave, which is...

The Latest: Russia says attack on its Syria base injures 4

Aug. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in northern Syria (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Russia's military says militants fired three unguided rockets at its air base in Syria, injuring four civilians but causing no damage to the facility. The Russian defense ministry said Monday that the rockets...

Turkey warns of cross-border operation into eastern Syria

Aug. 4, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has renewed a pledge for a cross-border military operation into northeastern Syria. In a speech Sunday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We've entered Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates." Talks between U.S. and Turkish officials have stalled...