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Syria reopens vital crossing with Jordan, UN post with Golan

Oct. 15, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad's government received a major boost Monday as Syria's commercial gateway with Jordan and a crossing with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights manned by U.N peacekeepers were reopened years after the war disrupted their operations. The simultaneous reopening of...

The Latest: Israeli military welcomes reopening of crossing

Oct. 15, 2018 7:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Israeli military official says the opening of a crossing between the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights and Syria "re-empowers" the United Nations after being driven out of the area by Syrian rebels. Maj. Nehemia Berki spoke on...

Border crossings between Syria and Jordan, Israeli-occupied Golan reopen in major boost to Syrian government

Oct. 15, 2018 3:46 AM EDT
QUNEITRA, Syria (AP) — Border crossings between Syria and Jordan, Israeli-occupied Golan reopen in major boost to Syrian government.

Buffer zone brings fragile calm to Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Oct. 14, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A month after Russia, Turkey and Iran came together in a last-ditch effort to avert a potentially catastrophic Syrian government offensive in Idlib, they appear to have succeeded in creating a buffer zone around the northern rebel-held province, defusing tensions in a major flashpoint area....

Syria and Jordan agree to reopen vital crossing

Oct. 14, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Jordan and Syria agreed Sunday to reopen a vital border crossing between the two countries, three years after the commercial lifeline fell to rebel groups and traffic was halted. Israel also said Sunday the Quneitra crossing with Syria will reopen Monday to U.N. observers, four years...

Syrian president grants general amnesty to army deserters

Oct. 9, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad granted general amnesty on Tuesday to army deserters both within Syria and outside the country, a move that could boost the return of refugees who fled violence in their war-torn country. The decree, published by state media, said the amnesty did not include...

Turkey says Syrian rebels withdraw heavy weapons in Idlib

Oct. 8, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Syrian rebels finished withdrawing all their heavy weapons from the front lines in the northwestern province of Idlib on Monday, Turkey's state-run news agency said, quoting unnamed opposition figures and Turkish officials. The Anadolu Agency did not provide further details on the...

Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

Oct. 8, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a Damascus hospital, Haidar Hussein lifts himself up, his hands holding on to a set of bars as he cautiously steps forward, showing off his new skills walking on artificial legs as his therapists cheer him on. The 30-year-old soldier is inching toward the end of his 10-week...

Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal 'temporary'

Oct. 7, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the Russian-Turkish deal to avert a military offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib is a "temporary one" that prevented bloodshed but that his government's goal is to restore control over all of Syria. His comments were made during a...

2 Syrian rebel groups begin pulling weapons in Idlib area

Oct. 6, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two Syrian rebel groups began withdrawing their heavy weapons Saturday from a northwestern area of the country where Russia and Turkey have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone, opposition activists said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Free...