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The UAE ambassador to Syria takes post in Damascus after nearly 13 years of cut ties

Jan. 30, 2024 20:24 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The first United Arab Emirates ambassador to Damascus in nearly 13 years took up his post on Tuesday as Syria has been reintegrating into mainstream regional acceptance. Syrian state media said the country’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad received...

Jordanian army says it killed 5 drug smugglers in clashes on the Syrian border

Jan. 06, 2024 14:10 PM EST

AMMAN (AP) — The Jordanian army said Saturday that it killed five drug and weapon smugglers and arrested 15 in a day of clashes with armed groups of smugglers attempting to cross into Jordan from Syria. The army statement said the clashes broke out before dawn between Jordanian...

Bombings hit event for Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a shadowy figure slain in 2020 US drone strike

Jan. 04, 2024 13:22 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For Iranians backing the country's theocracy, whose icons since the Islamic Revolution have been stern-faced clergymen, Gen. Qassem Soleimani represented a popular figure of national resilience in the face of four decades of U.S. pressure. For the U.S. and...

A Hamas official killed in a Beirut strike had been on Israel's hit list for years

Jan. 02, 2024 16:48 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Saleh Arouri, the deputy political head of Hamas and a founder of the group’s military wing, had been in Israel’s sights for years before he was killed in a drone strike in a southern suburb of Beirut on Tuesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had...

Dutch police arrest a Syrian accused of sexual violence and other crimes in Syria's civil war

Dec. 08, 2023 05:43 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Syrian refugee was arrested Friday in the Netherlands on suspicion of crimes against humanity including sexual violence while he was allegedly head of an interrogation team in a militia aligned to the government of President Bashar Assad. The arrest...

Iran says an Israeli strike in Syria killed 2 Revolutionary Guard members while on advisory mission

Dec. 02, 2023 08:30 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard stated through its website that two of its forces stationed in Syria were killed in an Israeli airstrike Saturday. The report on the Guard's news portal identified the two members as Mohammad Ali Ataei Shourcheh and...