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Syrian government bombing of rebel stronghold kills 11

Jul. 21, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian first responders and activists say government bombing of the last rebel stronghold in the country has killed at least 11 civilians, as the nearly four-month offensive shows no sign of abating. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says six people were killed, including...

Reports: Airstrikes hit market in Syria's north, kill 9

Jul. 16, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Paramedics and a war monitor say at least nine civilians have been killed in Syrian government airstrikes on a residential area in the northwestern province of Idlib. The opposition-allied first responders, also known as the White Helmets, say another 15 people were wounded in the strikes on...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

At least 8 killed in Syria government raids on rebel enclave

Jul. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescue workers say at least eight civilians have been killed in government bombing of the country's last rebel stronghold. The strikes Friday included rare air raids on Idlib city, already home to large numbers of people displaced by the 10-week offensive on the rebel-held area. Teams...

UN envoy speaks of 'solid progress' after meetings in Syria

Jul. 10, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said "solid progress" was made following discussions with officials in the Syrian capital Wednesday, adding that talks are "very close to an agreement" on establishing a constitutional committee. Geir Pedersen spoke to reporters following two...

Poll: Military vets back Trump but many wary of his judgment

Jul. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of military veterans approve of President Donald Trump's performance as commander in chief, reflecting continued support from a group that has strongly backed him throughout his presidency. Still, many veterans believe he doesn't listen enough to military leaders and they...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria

Jul. 8, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A government spokesman says Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group. German media reported over the weekend that the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground...

Reports: Syrian president replaces security chiefs

Jul. 7, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has replaced some heads of influential security agencies, including Maj. Gen. Jamil Hassan, who has headed the powerful Air Force Intelligence Directorate since 2009, pro-government Syrian pages on social media reported Sunday. No reason was given for the...

Omani foreign minister makes rare visit to Syria

Jul. 7, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Oman's foreign minister made a rare visit to Syria on Sunday to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region. Oman is one of few Arab countries that kept normal relations with Damascus after Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011 over...