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Turkish military convoy drives through the village of Urum al-Jawz, in Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Turkey evacuates large military post in northwest Syria

Oct. 20, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Turkish officials. Activists and opposition media platforms...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria.  The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday, Sept. 30,  on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against Assad and his inner circle.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Trump envoy traveled to Syria for talks on missing Americans

Oct. 19, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official made an unusual, secret visit to Syria for high-level talks aimed at securing the release of two Americans who have been missing for years amid the country's long civil war, Trump administration officials said Monday. Kash Patel, a deputy assistant to...

EU slaps sanctions on 7 new Syria government ministers

Oct. 16, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday imposed sanctions on seven ministers recently appointed to the Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued crackdown on civilians in the war-ravaged country. Asset freezes and travel bans in Europe were imposed on the seven, who include...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey. An international human rights group said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. (AP Photo/File)

Rights group suspects Russia, Syria war crimes in Idlib

Oct. 15, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading human rights group said Thursday that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch...

In this photo released Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 on the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, speaks with people during his visit to the coastal province of Latakia, Syria. Assad made a rare public visit to Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s deadly wildfires. (Syrian Presidency via Facebook via AP)

Assad makes rare visit to areas hit by fires in west Syria

Oct. 13, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has made a rare public visit to the coastal province of Latakia where he toured areas that suffered heavy damage in last week’s wildfires that killed three people, state media reported Tuesday. Assad’s public visits to areas around Syria have been...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, seen from Cairo.  Human rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany that asks prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Three groups want Germany’s attorney general to probe the deadly sarin attacks on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta and the town of Khan Shaykhun that occurred in 2013 and 2017 respectively. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

Oct. 6, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups said Tuesday they have filed a criminal complaint in Germany asking prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria that stand out among the worst atrocities in the country's long-running conflict. Three groups, including Syrian human rights organizations...

Oman reinstates ambassador to Syria after years-long hiatus

Oct. 5, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman has sent an ambassador to Syria after an eight-year hiatus, the state news agency reported, the latest sign of deepening engagement between Gulf Arab states and Syria's President Bashar Assad. The move on Sunday made Oman the first Gulf Arab state to reinstate its...

FILE - This Wednesday, March 21, 2018 file photo shows the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands. The global chemical weapons watchdog says that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemical weapons were used in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 by its Fact-Finding Mission into attacks in Saraqib in the Idlib region on Aug. 1, 2016, and in Aleppo on Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

OPCW probes couldn't prove chemical use in 2 Syria attacks

Oct. 2, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said Friday that two investigations into alleged attacks in Syria in 2016 and 2018 couldn't establish that chemicals were used as weapons in either case. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons issued two reports by its...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2020 file photo, Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Damascus, Syria.  The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday, Sept. 30,  on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against Assad and his inner circle.  (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

US slaps new sanctions on Syrian entities and individuals

Sep. 30, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Trump Administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on entities and individuals in Syria as part of Washington’s pressure campaign against President Bashar Assad and his inner circle. The sanctions came a day after intense clashes in southern Syria broke out between Russia-backed...

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bradley fighting vehicles are parked at a U.S. military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Syria minister calls Turkey main terrorism sponsor in region

Sep. 26, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused Turkey on Saturday of being “one of the main sponsors of terror” in his country and the region, and said it is guilty of “a war crime and a crime against humanity" for cutting water to more than a dozen towns that resisted...