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Syrian troops regain control of village they lost to rebels

May. 26, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces regained control of a northwestern village on Sunday, just days after losing it to militants, state media and an opposition war monitoring group said. State TV said troops captured Kfar Nabudah before noon from militants, including members of al-Qaida-linked...

Northwest Syria fighting damages schools, health facilities

May. 23, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Bombings by Syrian government forces damaged two schools and a health facility in the rebels' last stronghold in the northwest, activists said Thursday, after insurgents successfully hit a power station in a government-held town. Fighting has raged in the last 48 hours in the region, where...

Russia: Militants in Syria launch attack, have toxic agents

May. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces Tuesday, including with tanks. Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said the Syrian army was fighting back...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

May. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes. Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire...

Explosions near Syrian capital in apparent Israeli strikes

May. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state media reported. State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

UN aid chief fears northwest Syria 'humanitarian nightmare'

May. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief says his worst fears that a full-scale military onslaught in northwestern Syria would "unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any we have seen" in Syria are now coming true. Mark Lowcock told a Security Council meeting Friday that escalating violence in...

EU extends sanctions against Assad's Syria regime for a year

May. 17, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad for a year due to its continued crackdown against civilians in the war-ravaged country. EU headquarters said Friday that the 28-nation bloc "decided to maintain its restrictive measures against...

Syrian troops capture 5 villages in last rebel stronghold

May. 13, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops on Monday captured five small villages and a hill on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, pro-government media said. The extremist leader of the main rebel group in the region released a video calling on every able...