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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party lawmakers at the parliament, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria. He also said a Russian airstrike that targeted Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in Idlib earlier this week was an indication that Moscow was not looking for a lasting peace in the region. (AP Photo)

Turkey threatens new military operation into Syria

Oct. 28, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria. In an address to his ruling party’s legislators in parliament, the Turkish leader also...

People attend funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in the town of Idlib, Syria, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed dozens of Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. (AP Photo)

Turkey-backed Syria fighters retaliate for deadly airstrike

Oct. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey lobbed hundreds of missiles and artillery rockets at government posts in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, in retaliation for a deadly attack that killed dozens of their fighters a day earlier. The renewed violence has undermined an already shaky...

Airstrike kills dozens of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters

Oct. 26, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike on a rebel training camp in northwestern Syria on Monday killed more than 50 Turkish-backed fighters and wounded nearly as many, in one of the heaviest blows to the opposition's strongest groups, a spokesman and a war monitor said. The opposition blamed Russia for the daytime...

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 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...

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)

US sends troops, armored vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Sep. 18, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said the U.S. has also...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 file photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gestures while speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Damascus, Syria. U.N.-backed investigators in the 21st report from the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, pointed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do more to help prevent them. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

UN experts decry continued abuse as Syria's war grinds on

Sep. 15, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators pointed Tuesday to signs that Syria’s government continues to perpetrate rape, torture and murder as the country’s nine-year conflict grinds on, while citing possible war crimes by a Turkey-backed coalition of rebel groups and calling on Ankara to do...

US: Helicopter makes emergency landing in Syria, no injuries

Sep. 15, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A helicopter for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group made an emergency landing in northeast Syria on Tuesday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said. There were no injuries. Col. Wayne Marotto tweeted that the incident was not the result of hostile activity. The...

Report: Israeli strike kills 10 Iran-backed gunmen in Syria

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Monday killed 10 fighters, including eight Iraqis, a Syrian opposition war monitor reported. Israel rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran’s military...