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US-led coalition airstrikes pound IS areas in eastern Syria

Jan. 17, 2019 10:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists are reporting intense airstrikes on the last area held by the Islamic State group in the country's east where the extremists' control has been shrinking over the past weeks. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the airstrikes hit the 15 square...

Yemeni group: Houthi rebels hold, torture female detainees

Jan. 17, 2019 7:31 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels hold dozens of women without bringing them to trial or charging them with a crime, often torturing the detainees and blackmailing their families, activists said on Thursday. The allegations were first raised over the weekend by the Yemen Organization for Combating Human...

The Latest: 2 US troops, 2 US civilians dead in Syria blast

Jan. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Two U.S. soldiers and two American citizens were among those killed Wednesday in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. U.S. Central Command says one of the civilians was employed by the Defense Department and the other was a...

New Israeli military chief pledges to lead 'innovative' army

Jan. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi's inauguration comes shortly after the military's announcement that it has successfully...

Erdogan pledges Syria 'safe zone' as new UN envoy arrives

Jan. 15, 2019 1:08 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Turkey's president said Tuesday that his troops will establish a 20-mile- (32-kilometer-) wide "safe zone" in northern Syria, adding that Turkey would seek logistic and financial assistance from the United States and other allies to create the zone. The announcement by Recep Tayyip...

The Latest: Kurdish official rejects 'safe zone' in Syria

Jan. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A senior Kurdish official has categorically rejected a "safe zone" that the Turkish president says his troops plan to set up in northern Syria. Bedran Ciya Kurd says the so-called safe zone would be...

Israel confirms Syria strike, ends mission on Lebanon border

Jan. 13, 2019 6:32 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for...

The Latest: Israeli PM confirms weekend strikes in Syria

Jan. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's operation along its border with Lebanon (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Israel's prime minister says the country struck an Iranian weapons storage facility over the weekend at the Damascus International Airport. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments on Sunday at his weekly...

Syrian army shells areas held by insurgents in northwest

Jan. 12, 2019 12:38 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Artillery shelling by government forces pounded parts of the northwestern Idlib province on Saturday, thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants as tension rises in the region following victories by al-Qaida-linked militants against Turkey-backed opposition fighters, Syria's...

The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

Jan. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to "hostile targets" near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus. It...