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Syria cease-fire off to rocky start amid reports of fighting

Oct. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The cease-fire in northern Syria got off to a rocky start Friday, as Kurdish leaders accused Turkey of violating the accord with continued fighting at a key border town while casting doubt on provisions in the U.S.-brokered deal with Ankara. Turkey's president warned that Turkish...

Pompeo seeks to reassure Israel amid Syria turmoil

Oct. 18, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israel's prime minister on Friday to reaffirm the countries' close ties at a time when many in Israel fear the Trump administration intends to cut and run from the Middle East. The meeting came a day after a U.S. delegation led by Vice President...

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 03:15 a.m. Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too...

Syrian Kurdish-led force says it will abide by cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria on Thursday said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller "safe zone" than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Syrian forces enter key border town, blocking Turkish plans

Oct. 16, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Syrian forces on Wednesday night rolled into the strategic border town of Kobani, blocking one path for the Turkish military to establish a "safe zone" free of Syrian Kurdish fighters along the frontier as part of its week-old offensive. The seizure of Kobani by forces loyal to...

Biden: Syria withdrawal proves Trump is a 'complete failure'

Oct. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Seeking to leverage his experience in foreign policy, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday ripped Donald Trump's withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Syria as the latest proof that the president is a "complete failure" who is gutting American credibility around...

The Latest: US envoy urges Turkey to stop Syria offensive

Oct. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:45 a.m. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Turkey to halt its offensive in northeastern Syria "and declare a cease-fire immediately." Kelly Craft said Wednesday that a delegation led by Vice...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...