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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...

US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

Jan. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement is fueling concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid...

Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

Jan. 12, 2019 9:22 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Despite Turkey's vows to the contrary, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday he was confident the two nations can agree on a way to protect U.S.-allied Kurdish rebels in Syria after American troops withdraw from the country. After speaking to Turkish...

US official says withdrawal from Syria has begun

Jan. 11, 2019 11:34 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, a U.S. defense official said Friday the process has begun with the removal of some military cargo. The official said the movement of equipment is part of what...

The Latest: Russian, Turkish defense ministers discuss Syria

Jan. 9, 2019 2:22 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Syria-related developments (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The defense ministers of Russia and Turkey have had a phone call to discuss the situation in Syria. Wednesday's conversation between Russia's Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar followed Turkey's...

Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds

Jan. 8, 2019 12:29 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the U.S. national security adviser of making "a very serious mistake" Tuesday by demanding that Ankara guarantee the safety of Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria before the U.S. withdraws its troops from the war-torn country. A...

Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks

Dec. 29, 2018 11:37 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian and Turkish ministers agreed during a meeting in Moscow on Saturday to maintain cooperation in northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country....

UN: No progress on forming Syria constitutional committee

Nov. 29, 2018 2:00 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's warring sides and the mediators meeting in Kazakhstan failed to agree on the formation of a committee meant to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the seven-year civil war, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Thursday, calling it a "missed opportunity." Staffan de Mistura...

Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul; 4 soldiers killed

Nov. 26, 2018 6:30 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Four Turkish soldiers died while another was fighting for life after their helicopter crashed Monday into a residential area of Istanbul. Even though the helicopter struck a four-storey building before crashing, there were no civilian casualties, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency....

Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack

Nov. 25, 2018 12:14 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo that Damascus and Moscow blamed on rebels. The...