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Lebanon hopes to repatriate Syrian refugees within months

Jul. 06, 2022 11:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon plans to start sending back tens of thousands of Syrian refugees within months over objections by the United Nations and rights groups, a minister said in an interview Wednesday. Lebanon has one of the world's highest numbers of refugees per capita and...

Iran's top diplomat in Syria, slams Israel, Turkish threats

Jul. 02, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran’s top diplomat condemned on Saturday Israel’s latest airstrike on Syria and criticized recent threats from Turkey about another planned incursion by Ankara into northern Syria. Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian's remarks came at the start of...

Syria to recognize Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk regions

Jun. 29, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria said Wednesday it will recognize the “independence and sovereignty” of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and contacts will be established to set up diplomatic relations. The Syrian Foreign Ministry announcement came days after...

Live updates | Erdogan adamant on Sweden, Finland NATO bids

Jun. 27, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in the Bavarian Alps in Germany; and on the summit of NATO leaders that will start on Tuesday in Madrid: ___ Turkey’s president...

Airman in custody in probe of Syria blast injuring US troops

Jun. 22, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force airman has been taken into custody in connection with an April explosion that injured several U.S. troops at a base in eastern Syria. Rose Riley, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the airman was placed in pretrial confinement by his commander after a...

Syrian plane lands in base after Damascus airport attack

Jun. 21, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A flight by private Syrian airline Cham Wings landed on Tuesday at an airport used by Russia’s military in the coastal province of Latakia in western Syria, the country's state news agency reported. The flight from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab...

Islamic State group claims Syria bus attack that killed 13

Jun. 21, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Monday's attack on a civilian bus in northern Syria that killed 13 people and wounded three. The extremist group said in a statement late Monday that its gunmen attacked the bus with automatic rifles. It also...

Syrian military: Attack on bus kills 13, most of them troops

Jun. 20, 2022 04:58 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An attack on a civilian bus in northern Syria on Monday killed 13 people, including 11 soldiers, and wounded three troops, Syrian state media reported, quoting an unnamed military official. According to state news agency, SANA, the attack occurred in the...

Syrian leader receives credentials from Bahrain ambassador

Jun. 19, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new ambassador from Bahrain formally took up his post in Syria on Sunday, the country's first full diplomatic mission there in more than a decade as Damascus continues to improve its relations with Gulf Arab states. President Bashar Assad received the...

Senior IS leader captured in US-led military raid in Syria

Jun. 16, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-led coalition forces captured a senior leader of the extremist Islamic State group in a military operation in northern Syria on Thursday, the coalition said. A statement from the coalition said the captured IS leader was an experienced bomb maker and operational...