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In this photo released Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a YAK-40 plane is parked on the Aleppo Airport apron, in Aleppo province, Syria. A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo Airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012. (SANA via AP)

Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid nearby offensive

Feb. 19, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012 — even as nearby, the government's onslaught continued with airstrikes reportedly hitting...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

Feb. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a spokesman for Turkey's president said Tuesday. Turkey and Russia support rival groups in the...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians celebrate as they hold their national flags in Aleppo province, Syria, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. On Monday Syria's military announced its troops have regained control of territories in northwestern Syria

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Feb. 17, 2020 2:51 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory “sooner or later.” Assad,...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks to Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Feb. 16, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province. The Syrian government advance also appeared to put the provincial capital of...

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

This Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo released by the opposition Syrian Civil Defense rescue group, also known as White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian walking outside their tents at a displaced people camp near Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria. A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing temperatures. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria

Feb. 15, 2020 12:34 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A military offensive on an opposition-controlled region of northwestern Syria has created one of the worst catastrophes for civilians in the country's long-running war, sending hundreds of thousands of people fleeing, many of them sleeping in open fields and under trees in freezing...

FILE - In this January 30, 2020 file photo, Syrians sit in the back of a truck fleeing the advance of government forces, as they head towards the Turkish border, in Idlib province, Syria. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled recent government bombardment of the last rebel bastion, the northwestern Idlib province, seeking shelter from harsh winter weather in muddy tents and half-constructed buildings. As government forces advance, areas deemed safe are rapidly shrinking. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed, File)

Syrians scramble for refuge in last opposition frontier

Feb. 14, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Throughout Syria’s civil war, Maad al-Khalaf helped other Syrians find shelter in the opposition enclave in the northwest as they fled government military advances around the country. Now he’s the one in need of refuge as a swift offensive overwhelmed his home village. He joined...

FILE - This Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, a Syrian soldier in the northwestern town of Khan Sheikoun, stands on the highway that links the capital Damascus with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria. The M5 highway, recaptured by President Bashar Assad’s forces this week, is arguably the most coveted prize in Syria’s civil war. The strategic highway is vital for Syria’s  economy as well as for moving troops. (AP Photo/Albert Aji, File)

AP Explains: Why Syria's M5 is Assad's highway to victory

Feb. 14, 2020 7:01 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — It is arguably one of the most coveted prizes in Syria’s civil war, and after eight years of fighting, Syrian President Bashar Assad has got it back. The Damascus-Aleppo highway, or the M5, is known to Syrians simply as the “International Road.” Cutting through Syria's...

Syrian civilians flee from Idlib in rain toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold according to news reports by a Turkish news agency.( AP Photo)

UN says 140,000 displaced in 3 days amid Syrian offensive

Feb. 13, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Over 140,000 Syrians have been displaced in the last three days alone by violence in the country's northwest, bringing the total of those uprooted in a Syrian government offensive against the last opposition stronghold to over 800,000, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. said at least...

In this frame grab from video, Russian, Syrian and others gather next to an American military convoy stuck in the village of Khirbet Ammu, east of Qamishli city, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Syrian media and activists say a Syrian was killed and another wounded in a rare clash between American troops and a group of government supporters in northeast Syria. (AP Photo)

US troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria

Feb. 12, 2020 2:25 PM EST

DAMASCUS (AP) — A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, state media and activists reported. The U.S. military said its force...