Syrian civil war

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speak during meeting with heads of local councils from all Syrian provinces, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2018. Assad said that only the Syrian army can protect groups in northern Syria. In a speech he appeared to be referring to U.S.-allied Kurdish groups, which fear a Turkish assault once American troops withdraw from northeastern Syria. (SANA via AP)
February 17, 2019 - 12:11 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but...
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This frame grab from video provided Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters looking at smoke rising from a shell that targeted Islamic State group militants, in the village of Baghouz, Deir El-Zour, eastern Syria. Fighting between U.S.-backed fighters and IS inflicted more casualties among people fleeing the violence in eastern Syria Tuesday where the extremists are on the verge of losing the last area they control. (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 2:03 pm
AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants, many of them foreigners, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, bringing the Kurdish-led force closer to taking full control of the last remaining area controlled by the extremists, a Kurdish official...
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This frame grab from video provided Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters looking at smoke rising from a shell that targeted Islamic State group militants, in the village of Baghouz, Deir El-Zour, eastern Syria. Fighting between U.S.-backed fighters and IS inflicted more casualties among people fleeing the violence in eastern Syria Tuesday where the extremists are on the verge of losing the last area they control. (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 11:05 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said Tuesday it struck a mosque that had allegedly been used as an Islamic State control center, as American-allied Syrian forces battled the extremists in their last stronghold in eastern Syria amid reports of more civilian casualties. The U.S.-led coalition said...
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February 10, 2019 - 10:20 am
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria amid fierce fighting, a spokesman said Sunday. Mustafa Bali said the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces made...
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Newly-assigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, speaks to journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Lebanese political factions have agreed on the formation of a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
January 31, 2019 - 2:04 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese political factions agreed Thursday to form a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes. Rival political groups had been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country's first...
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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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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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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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