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An Israeli soldier drives a tank during an exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah after Israeli strike in Syria

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and others after Israeli forces said they thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants. The Israeli military announced late Monday that it had struck targets in Syria...

Israeli soldiers work on tanks in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, not far from Lebanon border, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister has accused Israel of provoking a

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives, the Israeli military said. In a rare statement...

US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

Jul. 24, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military...

Group: Israeli strikes in Syria killed 5 foreign fighters

Jul. 21, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group said Tuesday that Israeli airstrikes the previous day on military posts south of the capital, Damascus, killed five foreign fighters and wounded several others. Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in a statement that one of its fighters, Ali Kamel Mohsen,...

Syria reports suspected Israeli air raids on capital

Jul. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian military said the country's air defenses responded on Monday to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that wounded seven soldiers and caused material damage, and residents said loud explosions rocked the capital. It was not clear what the targets were. The air raids, which...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, May 5, 2017, a view of the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in The Hague, Netherlands. In a statement released Thursday July 9, 2020, member nations of the OPCW executive council condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syria and called on the government of President Bashar Assad to declare all of the regime's chemical arsenal. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Chemical weapons watchdog's council condemns Syrian attacks

Jul. 9, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The governing body of the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syria and called on the government of President Bashar Assad to declare all of its chemical arsenal. The statement, approved by a majority of the member nations on...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference, in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Walid al-Moallem accused the United States on Tuesday of allegedly

Syrian FM says US sanctions seek to 'starve the people'

Jun. 23, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused the United States on Tuesday of allegedly “seeking to starve the people” of Syria by imposing new sanctions and opening the door for “terrorism" to return to the war-torn country. Walid al-Moallem said the sanctions are a...

FILE - In this May 27, 2005 file photo, Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Marbella, southern Spain.  Bashar Assad was sentenced, in absentia, to four-years in prison Wednesday June 17, 2020, for illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

France sentences Syrian leader's uncle for money laundering

Jun. 17, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An uncle of Syrian President Bashar Assad was sentenced to four years in prison in France on Wednesday for illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire. The anti-corruption groups that launched the legal proceedings against Rifaat Assad hailed the Paris court's...