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Kosovo women returned from Syria face house arrest

Apr. 24, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Nearly 20 women repatriated from Syria were ordered put under house arrest after prosecutors said they are suspected of joining or taking part in the conflict there as foreign militants. The 19 women appeared in court in Pristina, a day after 10 other women were also put under house...

Syrian media: Bomb placed in car kills civilian in Damascus

Apr. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run media say a bomb has killed a civilian and wounded five other people in a Damascus neighborhood. The official SANA news agency says the bomb had been placed in a car in the Nahr Aysheh district in southern Damascus and killed the driver when it detonated. The agency...

Report: Over 4,300 vacate Syria displaced camp

Apr. 22, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that more than 4,300 residents of a remote displaced people's camp near the border with Jordan have returned to government-controlled areas over the last month. SANA on Monday quoted a Syrian-Russian coordination committee that oversees efforts to...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Apr. 16, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas...

Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6

Apr. 13, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria's state news agency SANA reported. SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the airstrike near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, hit a...

Syria's Assad: Last man standing amid new Arab uprisings

Apr. 12, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — It's Arab Spring, season II, and he's one of the few holdovers. The last man standing among a crop of Arab autocrats, after a new wave of protests forced the removal of the Algerian and Sudanese leaders from the posts they held for decades. Syria's President Bashar Assad has survived an...

US urges Russia, Syria to facilitate aid to remote camp

Apr. 8, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said Monday that it is not preventing Syrians from leaving a remote displacement camp near an American base in Syria and is urging Russia and Damascus to help facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid. Russia has recently called for the Rukban camp near the Jordanian...

Putin says Russia helped locate Israeli soldier's remains

Apr. 4, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin told Israel's visiting prime minister on Thursday that the Russian military helped locate the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 with Syrian assistance, while Damascus denied any knowledge of the matter. The recovery of Zachary Baumel's remains closed a...

Syrian FM says Trump administration 'lies' about withdrawing

Apr. 4, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration "lies" all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights increases America's isolation, "even among its closest...

Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

Mar. 31, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria's civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with,...