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Syria: Rebels give up positions near Golan Heights

Jul. 20, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels laid down their weapons and started evacuating their positions near the Golan Heights on Friday, paving the way for President Bashar Assad's forces to retake their positions along the Israeli frontier for the first time since 2011. Buses carried the first batch of rebels, their...

US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

Jul. 20, 2018 5:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain...

US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

Jul. 19, 2018 11:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain...

Syria rebels agree to surrender frontier with Israel

Jul. 19, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels agreed to surrender their last pockets of control in southwest Quneitra province to the government, state media reported Thursday, making way for Damascus to re-establish its authority along the Israeli frontier. The deal, confirmed in its general outlines by a monitoring group...

Sisters recount years of horror in Syria's Palestinian camp

Jul. 19, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — When the first Syrian soldier reached Lod street in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Syria's capital, four sisters who survived the seven-year conflict hiding in their ground floor apartment emerged hesitantly and asked: "Are you a soldier or a militant?" The young man came...

Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with Syria ex-rebels

Jul. 19, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former Syrian rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces...

Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with former rebels

Jul. 18, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces marched into...

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Jul. 18, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. The aerial bombardment of...

Russia offers to help refugees return, resettle in Syria

Jul. 18, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry has offered to help organize the return of Syrian refugees who fled during their country's civil war and want to go home. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that it has created a center for sorting and resettling refugees who fled abroad, as well as people...

Displaced Syrians march close to Israel; airstrike kills 10

Jul. 17, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrians displaced by a government offensive marched toward the Israel-occupied Golan Heights in a rare peaceful protest on Tuesday, shortly after a suspected Russian airstrike hit a school serving as a shelter in southwestern Syria, killing at least 10 people, according to...