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Separate militant attacks kill nearly 50 Syrian soldiers

Apr. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces came under separate attacks from Islamic State militants and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in different parts of the country that killed nearly 50 soldiers and allied fighters, activists and a war monitoring group said Saturday. In one attack, IS militants ambushed...

Syria, Iran say US is waging 'economic terrorism'

Apr. 16, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria and Iran said Tuesday the United States is waging "economic terrorism" against countries that have different opinions and should pursue its aims through diplomacy instead. Syrian state news agency SANA quoted President Bashar Assad as saying the Trump administration's decision...

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...

Militants kill 3 Syrian troops, bomb US-led coalition patrol

Apr. 9, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants in Syria, disguised as farmers and wearing suicide belts, attacked a military post belonging to government forces on Tuesday in the country's northwest, setting off clashes that killed three soldiers, state media reported. In a separate attack in the country's northeast,...

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Apr. 8, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's...

Fighting in northwestern Syria strains truce, kills 13

Apr. 7, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and insurgents exchanged a barrage of rockets on Sunday in the country's northwest that killed at least 13 people and hit a government-run hospital, activists and government media reported. The violence strained a fragile months-old truce negotiated between Russia and...

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...

Israel recovers body of soldier lost in '82 Lebanon battle

Apr. 3, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Wednesday said it had recovered the body of a soldier who went missing in a bloody 1982 battle with Syrian forces in southern Lebanon, closing a famous case that has plagued Israel for nearly four decades. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, told...