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Intense Israeli strikes in east Syria; region on high alert

Jan. 13, 2021 9:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early Wednesday, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring...

FILE - In this file photo released on April 7, 2019, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows vans queuing to fill their tanks with fuel, at a gas station in Daraa, south Syria.  On Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, Syria’s petroleum ministry blamed U.S. sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies. (SANA via AP, File)

Syria temporarily cuts supplies of fuel to meet shortages

Jan. 10, 2021 9:12 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s petroleum ministry on Sunday blamed U.S. sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies. The war-ravaged nation already is facing a severe economic crisis that has caused major shortages...

Activists: Fire on truck at Syria-Jordan border crossing

Jan. 7, 2021 10:38 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A huge fire erupted in a truck at a border crossing between Syria and Jordan on Thursday, Syrian opposition activists said. There was no immediate information about what caused the blaze or whether there were any casualties. According to activists, the truck was carrying flammable paints. The...

Russia and West clash over Syria chemical weapons sanctions

Jan. 6, 2021 12:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria and close ally Russia clashed with the U.S. and other nations Tuesday over a Western initiative to suspend Syria’s voting rights in the global chemical weapons watchdog for failing to provide details of three chemical attacks in 2017 that investigators blamed on President...

Syrian army says Israeli strike near Damascus kills soldier

Dec. 30, 2020 12:05 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli jets fired missiles on targets near Damascus early Wednesday, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three others, Syria’s military said. A Syrian military official said the attack took place after midnight in the Zabadani region in the Damascus countryside and that...

Russian military says 3 of its troops wounded in Syria

Dec. 29, 2020 3:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said three of its troops were wounded Tuesday in an attack by militants in northwestern Syria. Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, the chief of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said that militants in the province of Idlib fired an anti-tank missile at a...

FILE - A supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad waves a Syrian flag as she looks over a crowd gathered to show support for their president in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Ten years ago, an uprising in Tunisia opened the way for a wave of popular revolts against authoritarian rulers across the Middle East known as the Arab Spring. For a brief window as leaders fell, it seemed the move toward greater democracy was irreversible. Instead, the region saw its most destructive decade of the modern era. Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq have been torn apart by wars, displacement and humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

US deepens sanctions on Syria, targets Assad's in-laws

Dec. 22, 2020 2:24 PM EST

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced more sanctions on Syria, intensifying pressure on President Bashar Assad to end the country’s vicious, nearly decade-long conflict. The new sanctions target Syria's central bank, Assad's in-laws, and others. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United...

FILE - This Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo shows the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands. The global chemical weapons watchdog says that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemical weapons were used in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 by its Fact-Finding Mission into attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Chemical weapons watchdog criticizes Syria over 19 issues

Dec. 12, 2020 1:21 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog criticized Syria for failing to declare a chemical weapons production facility and respond to 18 other issues, while Russia accused the watchdog of conducting a “political crusade” against its close ally, the Syrian government. The...

Car bomb in Syrian city kills 2 Turkish soldiers, 2 locals

Dec. 10, 2020 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bombing at a checkpoint in a Turkish-controlled area in northeastern Syria on Thursday killed at least two Turkish soldiers and two local security officers with the Syrian opposition, a Turkish official said. It was the latest in a string of attacks in Turkish-controlled areas...

Report: Syria claims Israeli attack on post south of capital

Nov. 24, 2020 6:20 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's military said suspected Israeli warplanes struck locations south of the capital Damascus late Tuesday, causing only material damage, state-run media reported. The report, which quotes an unidentified military official, said the warplanes struck shortly before midnight south...