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Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

Oct. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations. The simultaneous reopening of...

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Buffer zone brings fragile calm to Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Oct. 14, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A month after Russia, Turkey and Iran came together in a last-ditch effort to avert a potentially catastrophic Syrian government offensive in Idlib, they appear to have succeeded in creating a buffer zone around the northern rebel-held province, defusing tensions in a major flashpoint area....

Syria and Jordan agree to reopen vital crossing

Oct. 14, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria agreed Sunday to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said Sunday the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen Monday to U.N. observers, four years...

Rights group criticizes US-led coalition for Raqqa deaths

Oct. 12, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition's failure to adequately acknowledge and investigate civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Raqqa is "a slap in the face for survivors" trying to rebuild their lives a year after the offensive to oust the Islamic State group, a prominent rights group said Friday. At a...

IS reverting to insurgency tactics after losing caliphate

Oct. 12, 2018 7:20 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — After being nearly defeated on the battlefields of its would-be caliphate, the Islamic State group has reverted to what it was before its spectacular conquests in 2014, analysts say — a shadowy insurgent network that targets civilian populations with guerrilla-style attacks and...

Kenyan protest demands action over South Sudan's civil war

Oct. 11, 2018 9:24 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Activists and refugees are pressuring Kenya's government to act against South Sudanese officials who have been sanctioned by the United Nations and are thought to be living freely in Kenya. Thursday's protest demanded that Kenya's government deport former South Sudan army chief Paul...

Turkey says Syrian rebels withdraw heavy weapons in Idlib

Oct. 8, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syrian rebels finished withdrawing all their heavy weapons from the front lines in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday, Turkey's state-run news agency said, quoting unnamed opposition figures and Turkish officials. The Anadolu Agency did not provide further details on the...

Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

Oct. 8, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up, his hands holding on to a set of bars as he cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on artificial legs as his therapists cheer him on. The 30-year-old soldier is inching toward the end of his 10-week...

Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal 'temporary'

Oct. 7, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the Russian-Turkish deal to avert a military offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib is a "temporary one" that prevented bloodshed but that his government's goal is to restore control over all of Syria. His comments were made during a...