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Syrian rebels did not know Iraqi militant killed was IS head

Dec. 01, 2022 13:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently...

Syria receives cholera vaccines ahead of inoculation drive

Nov. 30, 2022 04:39 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria has received two million doses of cholera vaccines, the first to reach the country during a months-long outbreak, the country's health ministry said Wednesday. The war-torn country has been suffering from a cholera outbreak since September and has...

UN envoy: Military escalation in Syria is `dangerous'

Nov. 29, 2022 22:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria warned Tuesday that the current military escalation in Syria is dangerous for civilians and regional stability, and he urged Turkey and Kurdish-led forces in the north to de-escalate immediately and restore the relative calm that has...

Erdogan vows Syria ground invasion, Kurds prepare response

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

QAMISHLI, Syria (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday to order a land invasion of northern Syria targeting Kurdish groups, amid yearslong border violence and repeated Turkish incursions. Turkey has launched a barrage of airstrikes on suspected militant...

Report: Explosion near Syrian capital kills Iranian colonel

Nov. 23, 2022 10:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An explosion in Syria has killed an official with Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the force said on its website Wednesday, blaming Israel for the killing. The force identified the officer killed as Col. Davoud Jafari, who it said was working for the Guard's...

Turkish strikes on Kurds stoke tensions with Syria as well

Nov. 23, 2022 09:58 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia has pushed for years for a reconciliation between its ally, the Syrian government, and Turkey, which stood on opposing sides in Syria’s civil war. Recent weeks saw the first small signs of possible progress. But that could be threatened by this weekend’s...

Some return to war-battered hub of Palestinian life in Syria

Nov. 17, 2022 02:47 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's largest Palestinian camp was once bustling with activity: It was crowded with mini-buses and packed with shops hawking falafel, shawarma and knafeh nabulsieh — a sweet concoction of cheese and phyllo dough. Kids played soccer and brandished plastic guns...

Syria increases gas production, hopes for more electricity

Nov. 09, 2022 13:01 PM EST

FURUQLUS, Syria (AP) — Newly installed turbine compressors at a gas facility in central Syria will lead to a production increase that will help ease the war-torn country’s electricity crisis, officials at the sprawling facility said Wednesday. The Syrian Gas Co. facility in the...

Syria reports Israeli airstrikes on targets in Damascus area

Oct. 26, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli airstrikes targeted sites in the vicinity of Damascus early Thursday, marking the third such strikes in a week, Syrian state media reported. The Syrian military said that Israeli missiles were fired at posts near Damascus around 12:30 a.m. and that...

Heading home: Syrian refugees in Lebanon going back to Syria

Oct. 26, 2022 08:19 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian refugees boarded a convoy of trucks laden with mattresses, blankets, water and fuel tanks — and, in one case, a goat — in the remote Lebanese mountain town of Arsal on Wednesday, heading home to Syria. Their journey is the latest...