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Kurds in US struggle with distance amid Syria crisis abroad

Nov. 22, 2019 12:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When President Donald Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw American troops from northern Syria last month, Nashville’s city hall and a bridge below the downtown skyline lit up in the green, yellow and red of the Kurdish flag. In the largest Kurdish community in the...

Spain court seeks to try Assad’s uncle for money laundering

Nov. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge is recommending that Syrian ex-Vice President Rifaat Assad, the exiled uncle of Bashar Assad, and 13 others be put on trial i on charges of criminal organization and money laundering. Judge José de la Mata alleges that Rifaat Assad and the others, including eight sons,...

UK praised for bringing back some British orphans from Syria

Nov. 22, 2019 6:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s decision to allow some British orphans from Syria to come back home has drawn praise from an international charity. Save the Children UK said Friday the government’s decision is a “triumph of compassion” that would allow the children to lead full lives....

Turkey: Captured IS figure planned Russia, Germany attacks

Nov. 22, 2019 3:07 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's interior minister has identified a key Islamic State suspect captured by the country's forces in Syria as the alleged mastermind behind attacks in Russia and Germany, according to a newspaper report on Friday. Turkey had announced last week that it detained an "important" IS...

Report: 7 killed in shelling in Syrian government held city

Nov. 21, 2019 2:54 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least seven civilians were killed Thursday in the Syrian government-controlled city of Aleppo in intense shelling from rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest. The shelling comes a day after Syrian government troops bombed a displaced people’s camp in the nearby...

Syrian civil servants get raise as currency loses value

Nov. 21, 2019 5:57 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian president has issued a decree giving a monthly raise to all civilian and military state employees. The decree gives 20,000 pounds, which is about $27, more a month to state employees. This comes at a time when the local currency has been losing some of its value in recent...

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15

Nov. 20, 2019 3:49 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops bombarded a camp hosting displaced people near the Turkish border in the country’s northwest Wednesday, striking an area close to a maternity hospital and killing at least 15 people, including six children, Syrian opposition activists said. The attack came just...

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

Nov. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday in a “wide-scale” operation in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group said the strikes killed at least 23 people, including 15...

The Latest: Monitor says death toll at 23 in Israel strikes

Nov. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in the Mideast following latest Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A war monitoring group says the death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Syria has risen to 23, including 15 non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the...

War monitoring group says Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed 11 people, including 7 non-Syrians, most likely Iranians

Nov. 20, 2019 2:26 AM EST
BEIRUT (AP) — War monitoring group says Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed 11 people, including 7 non-Syrians, most likely Iranians.