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After Americans killed, Trump's Syria plan prompts questions

Jan. 17, 2019 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month after President Donald Trump declared that IS had been defeated and he was pulling out U.S. forces....

A look at deaths of US troops in Syria

Jan. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military said two service members and two American civilians were killed Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the U.S.-patrolled northern Syrian town of Manbij. Here's a look at previous deaths among U.S. service members in Syria: Nov. 24,...

The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

Jan. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the U.S. military withdrawal. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference...

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...

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

Jan. 15, 2019 1:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive. Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya...

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...

Iraq says it supports Syria's return to Arab League

Jan. 13, 2019 11:55 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim says his country supports efforts to restore Syria's membership in the Arab League eight years after it was expelled from the regional body. Iraq is one of three countries in the Arab world that never cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's...

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...

US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

Jan. 12, 2019 9:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement is fueling concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid...

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...