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The Latest: Kurds say Syria town besieged despite cease-fire

Oct. 18, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 12:20 p.m. A spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish forces says a border town remains besieged and is being shelled by Turkey and its allied forces, despite a cease-fire agreement. Mervan, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led...

Fighting in Kurdish-held Syrian town despite cease-fire

Oct. 18, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — Fighting continued Friday morning in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight. Shelling and gunfire could be heard in and around Ras al-Ayn as smoke billowed...

Trump hails Syria cease-fire after playing role in crisis

Oct. 18, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Donald Trump framed the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey as "a great day for civilization" but its effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making. After hours of negotiation in Ankara, the two nations on Thursday agreed to...

AP reporters see shelling, smoke in Syrian town at center of fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces despite cease-fire

Oct. 18, 2019 2:05 AM EDT
CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — AP reporters see shelling, smoke in Syrian town at center of fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces despite cease-fire.

Trump, in Texas, bashes Democrats as 'crazy,' unpatriotic

Oct. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations. Setting a dire tone, Trump told his supporters, "At stake in this fight is the...

Deal between US, Turkey spawns more questions than answers

Oct. 18, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hailed it as a great day for civilization, but the agreement hammered out Thursday in Ankara between U.S. and Turkish leaders spawned more questions than answers. The deal calls for a five-day pause in fighting between Turkish and Kurdish fighters and puts at least...

The Latest: US, Turkey agree to cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:50 a.m. Friday The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's...

The Latest: Australia won't retrieve refugees in cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 03:15 a.m. Australia has ruled out retrieving dozens of Australian women and children from refugee camps during the cease-fire in Syria. Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Friday the situation remained too...

US hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a cease-fire in the Turks' deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, requiring the Kurds to vacate the area in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey's position and aims in the weeklong conflict. The deal includes a conditional...

Syrian Kurdish-led force says it will abide by cease-fire

Oct. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria on Thursday said they will abide by a cease-fire agreement announced in Turkey by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. But his comments suggested a smaller "safe zone" than Ankara has demanded, underscoring the ambiguities in the...