Civil wars

FILE - In this file pool photo taken on Oct. 4, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. The crisis in Venezuela may have reached a new boiling point, but the geopolitical fault lines look familiar. Russia, China and Iran have thrown their support behind embattled Maduro, while the U.S., Canada and their allies in Western Europe are backing opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 24, 2019 - 12:46 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia, China, Iran, Syria and Cuba have come down on one side. The United States, Canada, and countries in Western Europe are on the other. As the crisis in Venezuela reaches a new boiling point — with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro facing a challenge from opposition...
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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows missiles flying into the sky near international airport, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. In a very unusual move, the Israeli military has issued a statement saying it is attacking Iranian military targets in Syria. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel. (SANA via AP)
January 21, 2019 - 8:22 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said its jets struck Iranian military targets in Syria early Monday, an announcement that marked a rare departure from Israel's yearslong policy of ambiguity regarding activities in neighboring Syria. The military said the targets included munition storage...
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Delegates and leaders are seen at the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Lebanon used the summit Sunday to call for the start of return of Syrian refugees to safe areas in their war-torn country even before a solution is reached to end the nearly eight-year-old crisis that killed nearly half a million people. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
January 20, 2019 - 11:08 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories. President Michel Aoun told the opening session...
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January 20, 2019 - 9:39 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say air defenses repelled an Israeli air raid near the international airport south of Damascus on Sunday. Syrian state TV said the air defenses "prevented" the attack from achieving its goals. It said Israel fired six missiles on an area near Damascus...
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January 20, 2019 - 5:39 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Syrian state media is reporting that air defenses have repelled an Israeli airstrike south of the capital, Damascus. State TV says the air defenses "prevented" the attack from achieving its goals. Damascus...
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President Donald Trump walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, to travel to Dover Air Force Base, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 19, 2019 - 9:40 am
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump was paying tribute Saturday to the four Americans killed in a suicide bomb attack in Syria this week as he set off to Dover Air Force Base for the return of their remains. The trip was not listed on the president's public schedule that was...
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January 16, 2019 - 11:29 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local) 7:25 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that an explosion that killed American service members in Syria may have been an act aimed to deter the United States from withdrawing troops. Erdogan said, however, that U.S...
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Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, center, ‏arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Pool)
January 13, 2019 - 5:31 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant...
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January 12, 2019 - 11:14 am
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Artillery shelling by government forces pounded parts of the northwestern Idlib province on Saturday, thwarting an infiltration attempt by militants as tension rises in the region following victories by al-Qaida-linked militants against Turkey-backed opposition fighters,...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S. position, installed near the front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. An American military official said Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 that the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
January 11, 2019 - 3:59 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to "hostile targets" near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in...
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