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Russia's Putin slams presence of foreign troops in Syria

Sep. 14, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the presence of foreign troops in Syria, saying they are there against the will of the Syrian government and are blocking the consolidation of the war-torn country, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Putin was...

Turkey: Attack on troops in Syria kills 2 soldiers, wounds 3

Sep. 11, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — An attack on Turkish troops in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province Saturday left two soldiers dead and three others wounded, Turkish officials said. The assault happened following a search and screening operation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the...

Syria troops enter rebel-held district as part of truce

Sep. 08, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces Wednesday entered the rebel-held district of a volatile southern city as part of a truce negotiated by Russia to end weeks of fighting, according to state media, the opposition and a war monitor. The troops are to set up checkpoints and...

Syria says it has shot down Israeli missiles near capital

Sep. 03, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria says it shot down Israeli missiles as they approached the capital Damascus on Friday, saying it had countered an “aggression” from its longtime adversary with its own air defenses. State news agency SANA said Syria shot down most of the...

Fighting in southern Syria city kills 4 soldiers, 1 civilian

Aug. 30, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held parts of a volatile southern city Monday killing at least one person, while insurgents killed four soldiers after Russia-brokered talks to end the presence of opposition fighters in the area collapsed. Syria’s...

Syria shot down 22 Israeli missiles, Russian military says

Aug. 20, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday. Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria,...

Shelling in northern Syria kills 5; at least 15 wounded

Aug. 18, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey-backed Syrian forces and Syrian Kurdish fighters shelled one another’s positions in northern Syria on Wednesday, leaving at least five people dead and more than a dozen wounded, the Kurdish side and a war monitor reported. The violence is the...

Jordanian troops kill smuggler at Syrian border

Aug. 07, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Jordanian military on Saturday said it thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs and weapons into the country from neighboring Syria, killing one smuggler and wounding several others. The military said in a statement it seized a “large...

Explosion at military barrack outside Syrian capital kills 1

Aug. 04, 2021 03:19 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An explosion at the entrance of military barracks on the western edge of the Syrian capital Wednesday set a bus on fire, killed its driver and sent black smoke billowing over the area, Syrian state media reported. Initial reports on state media...

Fighting between Syrian forces, rebels escalates in south

Jul. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country’s southern province of Daraa escalated this week, with reports saying three civilians were killed there on Thursday, as well as eight government troops and five rebel fighters. ...