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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)

Russia delegation calls for conference on refugees in Syria

Oct. 29, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday met with a high-level Russian delegation advocating for jointly hosting an international conference on refugees in the capital Damascus next month. Western nations and many of the more than 5.6 million Syrian refugees are against an...

FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, an Iranian woman holds up a national flag as people celebrate a landmark nuclear deal, in Tehran, Iran. The race for the White House could mean another four years of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign of crippling sanctions. Or it could bring Joe Biden, who has raised the possibility of the U.S. returning to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn't matter

Oct. 29, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn't matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath. The race for the White House could mean another four years of President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign....

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party lawmakers at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria. He also said a Russian airstrike that targeted Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in Idlib earlier this week was an indication that Moscow was not looking for a lasting peace in the region. (AP Photo)

Turkey threatens new military operation into Syria

Oct. 28, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria. In an address to his ruling party’s legislators in parliament, the Turkish leader also...

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

US accuses Syria of delaying constitution ahead of election

Oct. 27, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and several Western allies on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of deliberately delaying the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections in 2021, and avoid U.N.-supervised voting as called for by the U.N. Security Council. U.S....

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Oct. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier. The renewed violence has undermined an already shaky...

Members of the Lebanese General Security forces play with an Albanian child during an operation to take them back home to Albania from al-Hol, northern Syria, at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups in Syria

Albania says repatriation of 5 from Syria a 'great step'

Oct. 27, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The successful repatriation of four children and a woman related to Albanian nationals killed fighting with Islamic extremist groups in Syria “is a great step” to be followed by more repatriations, Albania's prime minister said Tuesday. Edi Rama would not specify the...

US says airstrike killed 7 leaders of al-Qaida in Syria

Oct. 26, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States believes it killed seven senior leaders of al-Qaida in Syria in an airstrike last week as the leaders were meeting near Idlib, U.S. Central Command said Monday. A Central Command spokeswoman, Maj. Beth Riordan, said the strike was conducted Oct. 22. She did not identify...

Turkey: Suspected Kurdish militants dead after police chase

Oct. 26, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

ANKARA (AP) — A suspected Kurdish militant killed himself by detonating explosives following a police chase Monday near Turkey’s border with Syria, and a second suspect was slain by security forces, officials said. A small number of people were injured in the incident in the town of Iskenderun, in...

In this photo provided by the Albanian Prime Minister's office, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama sits at a hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, 26, 2020, with Albanian children as part of an operation to take them back home to Albania from Al Hawl, northern Syria.  A few hundred Albanian men are known to have joined terror groups in Syria and Iraq in the early 2010s, and now many of them are dead and their family members are stuck in Syria camps, but will be repatriated via Beirut to Albania.  (Albanian Prime Minister's office via AP)

Albania repatriating 5 family members of fighters in Syria

Oct. 26, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Monday that four children and a woman, all related to Albanian nationals who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, are being repatriated from a Syrian camp. Edi Rama told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Beirut,...

Airstrike kills dozens of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters

Oct. 26, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. The opposition blamed Russia for the daytime...