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Iran signs agreement to bolster Syria's air defense systems

Jul. 10, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military chief has signed an agreement with Syria's president to reinforce Syria's air defense systems as part of a military cooperation agreement, Iranian state TV reported Friday. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, met with Syria...

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...

Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 6, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 4, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a video conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The three leaders discussed the situation in Syria and ways to promote a political settlement.(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran talk about stabilizing Syria

Jul. 1, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Wednesday discussed efforts to stabilize Syria in a video call, emphasizing the need to promote a political settlement for the nine-year conflict. Russia and Iran have staunchly supported Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the country's war,...

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 Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria. The Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his inner circle with a raft of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Syrian Kurdish region increases salaries amid currency crash

Jun. 18, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — As Syria's economy plummeted further, the local Kurdish-led authority controlled by U.S.-backed fighters in the country's north said Thursday it was more than doubling the salaries of its employees to make up for the loss of the value of the Syrian pound. The announcement came a day after...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. The Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his inner circle with a raft of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)

US hits Syria's elite with new economic and travel sanctions

Jun. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday increased the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad, his wife, Asma, and his inner circle with new economic and travel penalties for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country’s bloody nine-year conflict. The State...

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...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. The Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his inner circle with a raft of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses. (Yuri Gripas/Pool via AP)

US hits Syria's elite with new economic and travel sanctions

Jun. 17, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his inner circle with a raft of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country's bloody nine-year conflict. The State Department said 39...