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The Latest: Syrian Kurds ally with Damascus in major shift

Oct. 14, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's offensive in Syria (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Syrian Kurdish officials say they will work with the country's central government in Damascus to fend off Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters. In a major shift of alliance, Kurdish-led forces are to deploy side by...

Syria's Kurds look to Assad for protection after US pullout

Oct. 13, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syria's Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed Sunday to help them fend off Turkey's invasion — a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly deepening chaos. The shift...

Kremlin relishes US pullback from Syria, turmoil in Ukraine

Oct. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From Syria to Ukraine, new fault lines and tensions are offering the Kremlin fresh opportunities to expand its clout and advance its interests. The U.S. military withdrawal from northern Syria before a Turkish offensive leaves Russia as the ultimate power broker, allowing it to help negotiate...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shoddy info on Syria, impeachment

Oct. 12, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric. Some examples: TRUMP, on Hunter Biden, whose father is former Vice President Joe Biden, a Trump political rival: "Guy...

Syria's Kurds: Turn to Damascus or concede to Turkey?

Oct. 10, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country. The Kurdish fighters have few options. They could...

Turkish offensive sparks yet another Syrian exodus

Oct. 10, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians are fleeing by the tens of thousands yet again, a recurring nightmare of hastily packed bags, traffic-clogged highways and an uncertain fate. Families who just a few years ago fled from an Islamic State onslaught are now running from a Turkish offensive against the same Kurdish...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

The Latest: Classified briefing on Syria set for Hill staff

Oct. 9, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The Trump administration will hold a classified briefing on Syria for House and Senate staff Tuesday afternoon, according to congressional aide familiar with the meeting....

Turkey says it won't bow to US threat over its Syria plans

Oct. 8, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Tuesday it will go ahead with a military operation in northeastern Syria and won't bow to threats over its Syria plans, an apparent reply to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to limit the scope of its expected assault. Trump said earlier this week the United States would step...

A look at who's who in northeast Syria as war fears rise

Oct. 8, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's announcement that U.S. troops in Syria would step aside to make way for a Turkish military operation against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters unleashed a torrent of near unanimous criticism and warnings of immediate and long-term negative consequences. That's...