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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...

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...

In this photo released on May, 20, 2019 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, listens to Damascus Mufti Adnan Afiouni, right, at an Islamic center, in Damascus, Syria. Mufti Afiouni who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, was killed on Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 by an explosion in the town of Qudsaya, west of Damascus, Syria, when a roadside bomb exploded near him, according to state media and a government site. (SANA via AP)

Report: Bombing kills Syrian cleric key to deals with rebels

Oct. 22, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A roadside bombing on Thursday killed a senior Syrian cleric who played a key role in government deals with rebel fighters, according to Syrian state media and a government website. The explosion that killed Damascus Mufti Mohammed Adnan Afiouni took place in the town of Qudsaya,...

Turkish military convoy drives through the village of Urum al-Jawz, in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey evacuates large military post in northwest Syria

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. Activists and opposition media platforms...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria.  The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday, Sept. 30,  on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against Assad and his inner circle.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Trump envoy traveled to Syria for talks on missing Americans

Oct. 19, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official made an unusual, secret visit to Syria for high-level talks aimed at securing the release of two Americans who have been missing for years amid the country's long civil war, Trump administration officials said Monday. Kash Patel, a deputy assistant to...

EU slaps sanctions on 7 new Syria government ministers

Oct. 16, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday imposed sanctions on seven ministers recently appointed to the Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued crackdown on civilians in the war-ravaged country. Asset freezes and travel bans in Europe were imposed on the seven, who include...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey. An international human rights group said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. (AP Photo/File)

Rights group suspects Russia, Syria war crimes in Idlib

Oct. 15, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading human rights group said Thursday that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch...

In this photo released Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, speaks with people during his visit to the coastal province of Latakia, Syria. Assad made a rare public visit to Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s deadly wildfires. (Syrian Presidency via Facebook via AP)

Assad makes rare visit to areas hit by fires in west Syria

Oct. 13, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s wildfires that killed three people, state media reported Tuesday. Assad’s public visits to areas around Syria have been...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, seen from Cairo.  Human rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany that asks prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Three groups want Germany’s attorney general to probe the deadly sarin attacks on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta and the town of Khan Shaykhun that occurred in 2013 and 2017 respectively. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

Oct. 6, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups said Tuesday they have filed a criminal complaint in Germany asking prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria that stand out among the worst atrocities in the country's long-running conflict. Three groups, including Syrian human rights organizations...