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US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

Dec. 7, 2018 4:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday accused forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack. The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured....

Outgoing UN envoy makes new appeal to Syria's warring sides

Dec. 7, 2018 12:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The outgoing U.N. envoy for Syria appealed Friday to the country's warring sides to agree on a committee to draft a new constitution, seen as a way of bringing the Mideast nation out of its protracted civil war. Staffan de Mistura said disagreements remain over a "few names" of those who...

Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

Dec. 4, 2018 2:03 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military launched an open-ended operation Tuesday to destroy what it said was a network of attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, saying it had foiled a plot by the Iranian-backed militant group to carry out a deadly infiltration in northern Israel. Israeli forces did not enter...

North Korea FM says his country and Syria face same 'enemy'

Dec. 4, 2018 9:43 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister says his country and Syria face the same "enemy" and called for increased cooperation between them. Syria's President Bashar Assad received Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday. Assad responded by identifying the United States as a hostile country to Syria and North...

For Israel, a rearmed Hezbollah in Lebanon is top concern

Nov. 30, 2018 1:15 AM EST

ON THE ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER (AP) — On a moonlit night, some two dozen Israeli soldiers in full battle gear march near a Lebanese border village with a bomb-sniffing dog, searching for explosives and infiltrators. Suddenly the force stops. Through night-vision goggles, two suspicious men appear over the...

US: Iran violating UN arms export ban in Yemen, Afghanistan

Nov. 29, 2018 7:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday accused Iran of stepping up violations of a U.N. ban on arms exports by sending rockets and other weaponry to rebels in Afghanistan and Yemen. The new allegations come as the U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran to halt what it calls "malign activities" in...

Man accused of trying to help militants to stay in prison

Nov. 29, 2018 4:44 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man among the first Americans arrested in an FBI effort to find those eager to join militant fighters in Syria was sentenced Thursday to another two years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle sentenced Basit Sheikh to the maximum term under a guilty...

Syria state TV says air defenses repelled missile attack

Nov. 29, 2018 4:33 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's air defenses confronted an aerial "aggression" over the country's south late Thursday, shooting down several targets and preventing them from carrying out their mission in the first such attack since Syria received a Russian air defense system last month, state TV said. The...

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...

UN panel: Syrian families need information on dead, missing

Nov. 28, 2018 8:49 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Wednesday that "now is the moment" for the Syrian government to provide information on thousands of detained and missing people — not after the seven-year conflict ends. Paulo Pinheiro told reporters after briefing a...