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Syria slams Trump statement on Israel sovereignty in Golan

Mar. 22, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus...

The Latest: Russia defense minister meets with Syria's Assad

Mar. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during Tuesday's visit, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and...

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

Mar. 18, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days. Syria's Gen. Ali Ayoub spoke during a rare...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

Chemical weapons watchdog says chlorine was used in Douma

Mar. 1, 2019 10:02 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday it found "reasonable grounds" that chlorine was used as a weapon in a deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma last year. The determination was contained in a detailed report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical...

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a...

Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects

Feb. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured. The Tuesday...

Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties

Feb. 11, 2019 1:51 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties. SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post. Last month, the Israeli...

Aid convoy headed to isolated Syrian camp near Jordan

Feb. 6, 2019 9:46 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are dispatching more than 100 trucks of humanitarian aid from Damascus to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan. The convoy is described in a statement Wednesday by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as the largest to reach more...

Legislator blasts verdict blaming Syria for journalist death

Feb. 1, 2019 11:57 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A U.S. court verdict that blamed the Syrian government for the killing of an American journalist was based on "fortune telling" rather than an investigation in accordance with the law, a senior Syrian legislator said Friday. Syria's deputy Parliament Speaker Najdat Anzour reiterated...