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Minister says Turkey, US have begun work on Syria safe zone

Aug. 24, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's defense minister said Saturday that military officials with Turkey and the United States have begun work to create a "safe zone" along its border in northeastern Syria. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency quoted Defense Minister Hulusi Akar as saying that generals from Turkey and...

Syria retakes territory in NW held by rebels since 2012

Aug. 23, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012, the Syrian army and a war monitoring group said...

Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area

Aug. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government, the Foreign Ministry said. Government warplanes, meanwhile, carried out an...

Syrian army besieges insurgents and Turkish troops in Hama

Aug. 21, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces marching from different directions in southern parts of the opposition-controlled province of Idlib met around sunset Wednesday, laying siege to several rebel-held towns and villages as well as a Turkish army post, a Syrian opposition war monitor and pro-government...

Militants leave key rebel town as Syrian troops push in

Aug. 20, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The main insurgent group in the Syrian province of Idlib pulled out of a key rebel town as government forces advanced in the area on Tuesday amid intense bombardment and airstrikes, a militant group and opposition activists said. As the militants withdrew, government troops moved into...

Airstrikes target Turkish convoy in Syria, raising tensions

Aug. 19, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. Syria said the Turkish convoy was carrying ammunition to rebels who have lost ground this month amid...

The Latest: Turkey says its army convoy targeted in Syria

Aug. 19, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria as the government offensive intensifies on the country's last rebel stronghold (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Turkey says airstrikes have targeted a Turkish military convoy in Syria, killing at least three civilians. There was no immediate word on...

Turkey says airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside Syria, killing 3 civilians; no word on Turkish casualties

Aug. 19, 2019 7:39 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside Syria, killing 3 civilians; no word on Turkish casualties.

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

Aug. 18, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town. The state SANA news agency says government troops made advances on Sunday around the rebel-held town of...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...