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Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

Jan. 16, 2019 2:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts. The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian...

Erdogan pledges Syria 'safe zone' as new UN envoy arrives

Jan. 15, 2019 1:08 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Turkey's president said Tuesday that his troops will establish a 20-mile- (32-kilometer-) wide "safe zone" in northern Syria, adding that Turkey would seek logistic and financial assistance from the United States and other allies to create the zone. The announcement by Recep Tayyip...

The Latest: Kurdish official rejects 'safe zone' in Syria

Jan. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A senior Kurdish official has categorically rejected a "safe zone" that the Turkish president says his troops plan to set up in northern Syria. Bedran Ciya Kurd says the so-called safe zone would be...

Arab nations inch toward rehabilitating Syria's Assad

Jan. 13, 2019 12:06 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family's rule. Gulf...

The Latest: Israeli PM confirms weekend strikes in Syria

Jan. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel's operation along its border with Lebanon (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Israel's prime minister says the country struck an Iranian weapons storage facility over the weekend at the Damascus International Airport. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments on Sunday at his weekly...

Syrian army shells areas held by insurgents in northwest

Jan. 12, 2019 12:38 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Artillery shelling by government forces pounded parts of the northwestern Idlib province on Saturday, thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants as tension rises in the region following victories by al-Qaida-linked militants against Turkey-backed opposition fighters, Syria's...

Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Damascus airport warehouse

Jan. 11, 2019 5:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian military official said. The unidentified official was quoted by Syrian state media as saying Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired...

The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

Jan. 11, 2019 4:59 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to "hostile targets" near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus. It...

A timeline of the US involvement in Syria's conflict

Jan. 11, 2019 1:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — America's four-year involvement in Syria's civil war may soon be coming to an end, after U.S. officials announced Friday that the process of withdrawal from the country has begun. A defense official in Washington said some military cargo has been pulled out, part of what the military calls...

Kurds' ambitions caught in power games

Jan. 9, 2019 5:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — They always anticipated U.S. support would run out, but President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rapidly pull U.S. forces out of northeast Syria has nevertheless stunned the Kurds there, who for the past three years have been America's partner in fighting the Islamic State group. A...