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Syrian army returns to northeast, as Turkey widens invasion

Oct. 14, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or crumble following...

The Latest: Australia says Turkey to blame for IS escapes

Oct. 14, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 08:15 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says Turkey is solely responsible for the escape of Islamic State group fighters from custody in Syria. Foreign Minister Marise Payne was commenting in the Australian Senate after hundreds of...

Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with Damascus to fend off Turkish invasion, are deploying along borders

Oct. 13, 2019 3:06 PM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with Damascus to fend off Turkish invasion, are deploying along borders.

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate...

Syria's Kurds: Turn to Damascus or concede to Turkey?

Oct. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country. The Kurdish fighters have few options. They could...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Turkey begins offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish President...

Syrian Kurdish group asks Russia to broker a dialogue with Damascus in light of Turkey's planned incursion

Oct. 9, 2019 8:31 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish group asks Russia to broker a dialogue with Damascus in light of Turkey's planned incursion  .

Turkey says it won't bow to US threat over its Syria plans

Oct. 8, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to limit the scope of its expected assault. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step...

A look at who's who in northeast Syria as war fears rise

Oct. 8, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. troops in Syria would step aside to make way for a Turkish military operation against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters unleashed a torrent of near unanimous criticism and warnings of immediate and long-term negative consequences. That's...