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Syrian state TV: Drone destroyed over Damascus suburb

Sep. 19, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that a drone was destroyed over a suburb of the capital, Damascus. The broadcast gave no further details about Thursday night's incident over the suburb of Aqraba. No one claimed responsibility for the sending the drone, but Aqraba is the suburb where an...

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait finalized their text Wednesday afternoon and...

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...

Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east

Sep. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied...

UN envoy hopes for Syria constitution committee next month

Aug. 29, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Thursday he is "quietly hopeful" the United Nations can announce agreement to launch a Syrian constitutional committee before world leaders gather in late September, which could open the door to a broader political process to end the eight-year...

US warns businesses against taking part in Damascus fair

Aug. 28, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States warned businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in the Syrian capital opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the possibility of U.S. sanctions. Russia, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shot back, accusing the U.S. of...

Hezbollah: Israeli drone falls, another explodes over Beirut

Aug. 24, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Hezbollah official said Sunday that an Israeli drone went down over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and another exploded in the air, amid regional tensions between Israel and Iran. Residents of the Iranian-backed group's stronghold in southern Beirut reported one large explosion that shook...

Israel says it thwarts imminent Iranian attack from Syria

Aug. 24, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military attacked targets near Damascus late Saturday in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military activity in the region. The late-night airstrike, which...

Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country's northwest

Aug. 24, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MOREK, Syria (AP) — A heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek stood surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops Saturday, a testament to the rapid advance of President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria's northwest over the past three weeks as rebel defenses collapsed....

Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area

Aug. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the country controlled by the government, the Foreign Ministry said. Government warplanes, meanwhile, carried out an...