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UAE diplomat praises Syrian president’s ‘wise leadership’

Dec. 3, 2019 12:58 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A United Arab Emirates diplomat has praised Syrian President Bashar Assad’s “wise leadership,” describing relations between the two Arab countries as “solid and special.” The comments by Charge d’affaires Abdul-Hakim Naimi came during a...

21 die in Syria as airstrike targets market, school shelled

Dec. 2, 2019 1:19 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Syrian government airstrike on a market in a northwestern rebel-held town killed 13 civilians on Monday while Turkish artillery shells landed near a school in a Kurdish-held town, killing at least nine, including eight children, activists said. The violence is part of rising...

Syrian pound at new low as crisis roils neighboring Lebanon

Dec. 2, 2019 1:01 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian pound hit a record low Monday amid the country’s grinding civil war, now in its ninth year, and as a financial and political crisis roils neighboring Lebanon, Syria’s economic lung. When Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011, a dollar was valued at 47...

Turkey: 2 soldiers killed in mortar fire from Syria

Nov. 28, 2019 5:30 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A mortar attack targeting a Turkish military post near the border with Syria has killed two soldiers, Turkey's defense ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Turkish artillery units immediately returned fire across the border into northeastern Syria after the attack , which took...

Assad: IS members in Syrian Kurds jails to stand local trial

Nov. 27, 2019 9:34 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks published Wednesday that members of the Islamic State group held in the country will stand trial in local courts specialized in terrorism cases. Assad made his comments in an interview with Paris Match when asked about a deal with a...

Russia warns Syria’s Kurds against relying on US support

Nov. 26, 2019 8:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister is warning Syria’s Kurds that relying on U.S. support “won’t bring them any good.” Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday accused Syria’s Kurds of failing to abide by a Russia-Turkey deal that halted a Turkish offensive into Syria. He says...

Syrian troops capture village from insurgents in Idlib

Nov. 24, 2019 2:42 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured Sunday a northwestern village from insurgents after clashes that left more than a dozen killed on both sides, state media and an opposition war monitor said. State news agency SANA said Syrian troops captured Msheirfeh early Sunday after clashes with...

Blast in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed gunmen kills 3

Nov. 23, 2019 8:08 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A car bomb exploded in a Turkey-controlled northern Syrian town on the border Saturday, killing at least three people, Turkey's Defense Ministry said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, put the death toll from the explosion in Tal Abyad at nine, saying...

Spain court seeks to try Assad’s uncle for money laundering

Nov. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge is recommending that Syrian ex-Vice President Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Bashar Assad, and 13 others be put on trial i on charges of criminal organization and money laundering. Judge José de la Mata alleges that Rifaat Assad and the others, including eight sons,...

Report: 7 killed in shelling in Syrian government held city

Nov. 21, 2019 2:54 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least seven civilians were killed Thursday in the Syrian government-controlled city of Aleppo in intense shelling from rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest. The shelling comes a day after Syrian government troops bombed a displaced people’s camp in the nearby...