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Attack on gas pipeline in Syria causes brief power outage

Sep. 18, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An attack with explosive devices laid along a natural gas pipeline southeast of Syria's capital knocked out power in parts of the country before it was quickly restored, the electricity minister said Saturday. No one immediately claimed...

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...

High-level Lebanese delegation arrives in Syria to talk fuel

Sep. 04, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A senior Lebanese government delegation asked Syria on Wednesday to allow Egyptian natural gas and Jordanian electricity to pass through its territory to ease a crippling fuel crisis that has paralyzed Lebanon. The request came during an official...

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...

Iran and Syria vow to confront U.S. sanctions

Aug. 29, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran and Syria vowed on Sunday to take “mighty steps” to confront U.S. sanctions imposed on the two regional allies, saying their relations will strengthen under Iran’s new leadership. The announcement was made by Iran’s new Foreign...

Oil spill from power station spreads along Syria's coast

Aug. 25, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A massive oil spill caused by leakage from a power plant inside one of Syria’s oil refineries is spreading along the coast of the Mediterranean country, Syria's state news agency said and satellite photos showed Wednesday. SANA said the spill...

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,...

Syria: Air defenses respond to Israeli strikes near capital

Aug. 19, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Loud explosions shook the Syrian capital late on Thursday as state media reported Israeli airstrikes around Damascus. The state-news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses confronted the Israeli planes, while the pro-Syrian government Cham FM Radio reported...

Chemical watchdog demands more information from Syria

Aug. 04, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog has demanded more information from Syria about the reported recent destruction of two chlorine cylinders that had been linked to a 2018 deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma -- a demand echoed Wednesday by several members...

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...