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For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

Albanian boy freed from IS camp on way home to Italy

Nov. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home to Italy with his father, Red Cross and Red Crescent officials said Thursday. The story of 11-year-old...

Team to report on perpetrators of Syrian chemical attacks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The investigation team in charge of identifying perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria will produce its first report "in the next few months," the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Tuesday. Fernando Arias gave the update to reporters...

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain near Syrian border

Nov. 5, 2019 10:38 AM EST

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Tuesday for Russia and the United States to keep to their promises and ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters pull out of a so-called safe zone along Syria's northern border with Turkey. In his weekly speech to ruling party legislators,...

Syrian refugee turns to food to rebuild his life in US

Nov. 2, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When he came to the United States as a refugee from Syria during that country's bloody civil war, there was a lot Diaa Alhanoun didn't know, starting with English. There was one thing he was fairly certain of, though — whatever else the future held in store for him and his family, he...

US filmmaker Oliver Stone praises Putin for role in Syria

Oct. 30, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — American filmmaker Oliver Stone on Wednesday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "stabilizing force" in the Middle East, particularly in Syria as Moscow fills a void left by U.S. forces pulling out and leaving behind their Kurdish allies. Stone, the 73-year-old...

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi's death

Oct. 29, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State group's leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria's oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country's Russian allies. It's a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are...

Germany charges 2 suspected former Syrian secret police

Oct. 29, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's...

Turkish army says 1 killed in north Syria amid shaky truce

Oct. 27, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Kurdish fighters killed one Turkish soldier and wounded five others amid a shaky truce in northern Syria, Turkey's army said Sunday, bringing its military death toll to 11 since the launch of its cross-border operation. Turkey invaded northern Syria on Oct. 9 to clear the border of Kurdish...

Russia says it sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria

Oct. 25, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has sent hundreds of additional troops to Syria to help patrol the country's Turkey-Syria border after a deal between Moscow and Ankara, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. The ministry said about 300 military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the northeastern areas along...