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Russia's Putin slams presence of foreign troops in Syria

Sep. 14, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the presence of foreign troops in Syria, saying they are there against the will of the Syrian government and are blocking the consolidation of the war-torn country, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Putin was...

Syria city back to a kind of normalcy after cease-fire

Sep. 12, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

DARAA, Syria (AP) — The badly damaged old section of the southern Syrian city of Daraa, which until recently was held by opposition gunmen, appeared to slowly return to some sense of normalcy Sunday. The capture of Daraa al-Balad marked another victory for President...

Syria troops enter rebel-held district as part of truce

Sep. 08, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces Wednesday entered the rebel-held district of a volatile southern city as part of a truce negotiated by Russia to end weeks of fighting, according to state media, the opposition and a war monitor. The troops are to set up checkpoints and...

Amnesty: Syria refugees suffered abuse, torture upon return

Sep. 08, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A number of Syrian refugees who returned home have been subjected to detention, disappearance and torture at the hands of Syrian security forces, proving that it still isn't safe to return to any part of the country, Amnesty International said Tuesday. In...

Government shelling of northwestern city in Syria kills 4

Sep. 07, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government shelling of rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria killed four people, including a child and a woman, and wounded more than a dozen Tuesday night, opposition activists said. The shelling of the city of Idlib came after several airstrikes hit...

High-level Lebanese delegation arrives in Syria to talk fuel

Sep. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A senior Lebanese government delegation asked Syria on Wednesday to allow Egyptian natural gas and Jordanian electricity to pass through its territory to ease a crippling fuel crisis that has paralyzed Lebanon. The request came during an official...

Russian-brokered cease-fire takes hold in southern Syria

Sep. 01, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian-negotiated cease-fire took effect Wednesday in a volatile southern city, according to the Syrian opposition and state media. Violence in the area in recent weeks between government forces and opposition fighters had threatened to undo years of...

Fighting in southern Syria city kills 4 soldiers, 1 civilian

Aug. 30, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held parts of a volatile southern city Monday killing at least one person, while insurgents killed four soldiers after Russia-brokered talks to end the presence of opposition fighters in the area collapsed. Syria’s...

Blast in northern Syria kills 8 militants, wounds others

Aug. 24, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion shook the base of an al-Qaida-linked group in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing at least eight gunmen and wounding others, opposition activists said. The explosion came as opposition fighters suffered a major setback in southern Daraa...

Government shelling of north Syria kills 5, mostly children

Aug. 19, 2021 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled a village in the country's rebel-held northwest on Thursday, killing five people, most of them children, opposition activists said. Northwestern Syria has been witnessing sporadic military activities since a cease-fire...