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Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

Poll: Military vets back Trump but many wary of his judgment

Jul. 10, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of military veterans approve of President Donald Trump's performance as commander in chief, reflecting continued support from a group that has strongly backed him throughout his presidency. Still, many veterans believe he doesn't listen enough to military leaders and they...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Germany rebuffs US request for ground troops in Syria

Jul. 8, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A government spokesman says Germany isn't considering sending ground troops to Syria as part of its contribution to fighting the Islamic State group. German media reported over the weekend that the U.S. envoy for Syria, James Jeffrey, asked the German government last week to contribute ground...

Syria says Israeli airstrike kills 4 civilians, wounds 21

Jul. 1, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near Damascus killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media reported. Israeli warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace targeting military positions in the central province...

Fighting in northwest Syria kill scores of fighters

Jun. 28, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and insurgents fought fierce battles that left dozens dead in the country's northwest Friday as troops tried to regain control of two villages they lost earlier this month, state media and an opposition war monitor said. Syrian state news agency SANA said the army...

US says Syria is stalling peace, urges new way to elections

Jun. 27, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused the Syrian government Thursday of stalling political negotiations and called for a new route to U.N.-monitored elections and a nationwide cease-fire that would end the country's eight-year conflict. Acting U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen called for Russia and...

Report: Syria holding 2 Lebanese security agents

Jun. 18, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Syrian troops are holding two Lebanese security agents who crossed by mistake into the neighboring country. NNA reported Tuesday that the two members of the State Security Department were captured two days earlier while on a hiking trip in a...

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...