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Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group

Mar. 23, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across nearly a...

Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value

Mar. 22, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions. It is unlikely, though, to have much impact on the actual status of...

Ex-Starbucks executive Schultz slams Trump for Syria pullout

Mar. 21, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Thursday slammed President Trump's hastily-announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria as he kicked off a Colorado tour while exploring a presidential bid as an independent. Schultz spoke at town halls in Denver and Boulder on Thursday. The...

US' Pompeo boosts Israel prime minister ahead of election

Mar. 20, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign. The White House meanwhile...

US-backed Syrian fighters search tunnels in last IS pocket

Mar. 20, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters are searching tunnels a day after seizing most of the last pocket of land held by Islamic State militants, an official said Wednesday. The long-running battle to retake the last outpost held by IS in eastern Syria appeared to have reached its conclusion,...

New Zealand police: Mosque gunman had planned a 3rd attack

Mar. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse....

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

IS suicide attacks highlight perils of Syria campaign

Mar. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The three Islamic State fighters emerged from the group's last bastion in eastern Syria on Friday acting as though they wanted to surrender, but when they reached the U.S.-backed forces that have them surrounded they blew themselves up, killing six people. The attacks...

Donors pledge $7B in aid for Syria, refugees

Mar. 14, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have pledged around $7 billion in aid for Syria and Syrian refugees who fled the conflict-ravaged country, the European Union announced Thursday, as the war enters its ninth year. But it was unclear how or when the money would be made available to those in need. EU...

The Latest: Activists say Russia airstrikes hit Idlib prison

Mar. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Activists say Russian airstrikes have hit the central prison in rebel-held Idlib in northwest Syria, leading to the escape of dozens of prisoners. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes...