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Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters said Wednesday they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area. State TV Al-Ikhbariya later...

Turkey military receiving Russian defense system training

May. 22, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's defense minister says its military personnel are receiving training to operate the S-400 missile defense system despite U.S. and NATO objections to Ankara's decision to purchase the Russian technology. Hulusi Akar also told a group of reporters late Tuesday that Turkey was...

The Latest: 11 UN council nations urge Idlib cease-fire

May. 10, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Eleven members of the U.N. Security Council are urging fighters in Syria's last rebel-held stronghold in Idlib province to honor last September's cease-fire arrangements. A statement read Friday on behalf of Germany, Kuwait,...

UN says more displaced likely if Syria violence mounts

May. 10, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. food agency warned Friday of a worsening humanitarian situation in Syria's last rebel stronghold in the country's northwest as rebel groups battled government forces to regain territory they lost earlier this week. The latest wave of fighting, which began 10 days ago, is the most...

Turkey calls for end to Syrian forces offensive on Idlib

May. 10, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is accusing the Syrian government of trying to expand its field of control in Idlib province in violation of a Russian-Turkish cease-fire brokered last September. Akar called on Friday for the government attacks to be halted. He made the comments...

Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Apr. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey "expects" the Trump administration to grant it waivers from U.S. sanctions related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defenses, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. Presidential spokesman and senior adviser Ibrahim Kalin told a news...