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Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

Sep. 25, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in...

Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

Sep. 24, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria's government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions. The Russian Il-20 military...

100 years ago, US fought its deadliest battle in France

Sep. 23, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

ROMAGNE-SOUS-MONTFAUCON, France (AP) — It was America's deadliest battle ever, with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed, tens of thousands wounded and more ammunition fired than in the whole of the Civil War. The Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918 was also a great American victory that helped bringing an end to World...

The Latest: Russia says 3,000 Syrians back home in last week

Sep. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The Russian military says that over 3,000 Syrians have returned to their homes over the past week. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said Thursday that 2,180 internally displaced people and 937 refugees have come home during the...

Hezbollah leader boasts group has 'highly accurate' missiles

Sep. 20, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah boasted Thursday the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons. Hassan Nasrallah didn't offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's...

With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

Sep. 19, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.   Hassan Nasrallah...

Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

Sep. 19, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations said that in the first 12...

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

Sep. 19, 2018 5:16 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty...

Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

Sep. 18, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Both Syria's government and its opposition welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a de-militarized zone around the major rebel stronghold Idlib, saying Tuesday the agreement stemmed more bloodshed. Still, the government vowed it will keep up its campaign against "terrorism," either...

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

Sep. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances." The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the...