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Russia seeks to cement its role as power broker in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its...

The Latest: Erdogan rejects call for ceasefire in Syria

Oct. 15, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in northern Syria (all times local): 12:50 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he rejects a call from U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a ceasefire and halt Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria. Erdogan said: "They...

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate...

Divided UN fails to agree on Turkey's offensive in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The divided U.N. Security Council failed to agree on Turkey's offensive in northeast Syria on Thursday, with Europeans demanding a halt to military action and Syrian ally Russia calling for "restraint" and "direct dialogue" between the two countries. The five European council members...

Russian military in Syria says it downed dozens of drones

Sep. 27, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — The Russian military said Friday it has downed dozens of drones and rockets launched by militants this year targeting Russia's air base in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that so far in 2019 the military has shot down 58 drones and...

Naval base in Syria cements Russia's Mediterranean foothold

Sep. 26, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

TARTUS, Syria (AP) — A Russian submarine has moored at Russia's base in Syria after a patrol mission while another one is getting ready to sail off after replenishing supplies — the rotation that underlines Moscow's growing military foothold in the Mediterranean Sea. The naval base in Tartus is the...

Former rebel stronghold in Syria begins to rebuild

Sep. 25, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

KHAN SHEIKHOUN, Syria (AP) — Portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad adorn a few buildings still intact after years of fighting and Russian soldiers hand out food and other supplies to residents of this Syrian town that was recently captured by the Syrian army. Khan Sheikoun, which holds a strategic...

Russian aircraft violates airspace of NATO member Estonia

Sep. 24, 2019 7:08 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Moscow's ambassador to Estonia has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry after a Russian military aircraft again briefly violated the airspace of the Baltic NATO member. Estonia's military said Tuesday that a Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-34 fighter spent less than one minute in...

The Latest: Trump applauds Ukraine-Russia prisoner trade

Sep. 7, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia (all times local): 6:00 p.m. U.S. President Donald Trump is praising the exchange of prisoners carried out by Russia and Ukraine. Each country sent 35 freed prisoners to the other on Saturday. The trade could give new impetus to...

Syrian troops to start unilateral cease-fire in Idlib

Aug. 30, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces will soon begin a unilateral cease-fire in northwestern Idlib province, Russia's military said Friday, as hundreds of protesters were met with tear gas marching toward a border crossing with Turkey demanding that Ankara either open the border for refugees or work on...