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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

Turkey accuses US of stalling on Syria 'safe zone' plans

Sep. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey accused the United States on Tuesday of taking only "cosmetic steps" toward the creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeast Syria and renewed Ankara's threat of unilateral military intervention to form a buffer area along its border. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east

Sep. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied...

Syrian air defenses block rebel drone attack in northwest

Sep. 7, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army's air defenses repelled a drone attack by insurgents in the country's northwest, an area that until recently witnessed intense fighting, state news agency SANA said Saturday. SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that two of the drones were destroyed while the...

Kurdish official: Syria's 'safe zone' off to a good start

Sep. 4, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

DARBASIYAH, Syria (AP) — The creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeastern Syria has gotten off to good start, with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from a small, initial area along the Turkish border, a Syrian Kurdish official said — but calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes...

Cease-fire brings temporary calm to Syria's Idlib

Aug. 31, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes and artillery attacks ceased Saturday following a unilateral cease-fire in the northwestern province of Idlib, a Syrian war monitor said. The U.S. military, meanwhile, said it struck an al-Qaida leadership facility north of Idlib, marking the first American strike inside...

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...

Syrian army presses on in Idlib province as death toll rises

Aug. 29, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces pressed ahead with their military offensive in Idlib, seizing a cluster of villages on the southeastern edges of the province on Thursday as the overall civilian death toll from the campaign rose further. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said...

The Latest: Russia to help rebuild NW town retaken by Syria

Aug. 27, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria (all times local): 10 p.m. The Russian military says it will help reconstruction efforts in a town in northwestern Syria that has been reclaimed by the Syrian government. Maj. Gen. Ravil Muginov said in remarks released by the Russian Defense Ministry...

Syrian Kurds begin pullout from Turkish border

Aug. 27, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The main U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia has begun withdrawing its fighters from two towns near Turkey's border, part of a deal for a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria involving the U.S. and Turkey, the Kurdish-led regional administration in northern Syria said Tuesday. Turkey has...