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UN report: Syria or allies likely behind 5 civilian attacks

Apr. 6, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigation found it “highly probable” that the Syrian government or its allies were responsible for attacks on four civilian facilities in the last opposition stronghold in the northwest in 2019 — a school, a health care center, a hospital and a child...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2006 file photo, former Syrian vice president and foreign minister Abdul-Halim Khaddam speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Paris, France. Khaddam who was one of the most influential figures in Syria before he defected in 2005 to France has died in Paris Arab media outlets reported Wednesday, April 1, 2020. He was 87. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

Syrian ex-VP, foreign minister dies of heart attack in Paris

Apr. 1, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Abdul-Halim Khaddam, a former Syrian vice president and foreign minister who was one of the most influential figures in the country before defecting in 2005 to France, has died of a heart attack in Paris, his son said Wednesday. He was 87. Jihad Khaddam told The Associated Press his father...

Syria, UAE leaders discuss coronavirus, a thaw in relations

Mar. 27, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president and one of the United Arab Emirates' most powerful leaders spoke on the phone on Friday — signalling a major thaw in Damascus' troubled relations with Arab countries, which had mostly boycotted President Bashar Assad and backed his opposition. The official...

In this photo provided by the Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkish and Russian troops patrol on the M4 highway, which runs east-west through Idlib province, Syria, Sunday, March 15, 2020. Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwest Syria, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. Patrols are part of a cease-fire agreed between the Turkey and Russia after an escalation in fighting that saw the Turkish military in direct conflict with Syrian government troops. (Turkish Defense Ministry via AP)

Syria's Assad discusses Idlib truce with Russian minister

Mar. 23, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's president hosted Russia's defense minister on Monday to discuss a recent cease-fire in rebel-held northwestern Syria, which ended rare direct fighting between Syrian and Turkish troops. The cease-fire deal was brokered between Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides in...

Syrian president issues amnesty, reduces sentences

Mar. 22, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad granted amnesty and reduced sentences for all crimes committed before Sunday, while also offering amnesty to military deserters who turn themselves in within the next few months. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions, most recently in...

Rocket attack in northwest Syria kills 2 Turkish soldiers

Mar. 19, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed Thursday in a rocket attack in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. A ministry statement said a third soldier was wounded in the attack, which it said was carried out by "radical groups." Turkey's artillery units...

In this Thursday, March 12, 2020 photo, women walk in a neighborhood heavily damaged by airstrikes in Idlib, Syria. Idlib city is the last urban area still under opposition control in Syria, located in a shrinking rebel enclave in the northwestern province of the same name. Syria’s civil war, which entered its 10th year Monday, March 15, 2020, has shrunk in geographical scope -- focusing on this corner of the country -- but the misery wreaked by the conflict has not diminished. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

'There is nothing now': Syrians in Idlib fear end nearing

Mar. 16, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — "There’s nothing now. Nothing at all,” said Yasser Aboud, as he looked away from his family’s few remaining belongings, dumped on the floor of the bare single room that would now be their home in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. It was a far cry from the house,...

Syrians climb on a Turkish tank in Neyrab, Sunday, March 15, 2020 as they protest agreement on joint Turkish and Russian patrols in northwest Syria. Patrols on the M4 highway, which runs east-west through Idlib province, are part of a cease-fire agreed between Turkey and Russia after an escalation in fighting that saw the Turkish military in direct conflict with Syrian government troops.( (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey-Russia patrols start amid protests on Syrian highway

Mar. 15, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish and Russian troops began joint patrols Sunday on a key highway in northwestern Syria, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said, while both the Russian government and Syrian opposition activists said the patrols were shortened because of protests. Patrols on the highway known as...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Syrian army soldiers fire their weapons during a battle with rebel fighters at the Ramouseh front line, east of Aleppo, Syria. In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Syrian war, rumbling into 10th year, still has global impact

Mar. 15, 2020 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In a world gripped by a pandemic, global unrest and a fast-moving news cycle, it can be difficult to remember that the war in Syria is still happening. Even before the coronavirus outbreak took over daily lives around the globe, the conflict, which began in early 2011, had largely fallen off...

Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran's top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran death toll from virus passes 600, Syria shuts schools

Mar. 14, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday the coronavirus outbreak has killed another 97 people, pushing the death toll in the country to 611, as war-ravaged Syria announced a number of strict measures despite the government saying it has no confirmed cases. Iran is suffering from the worst outbreak in the...