Civil wars

A U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter stands atop a building used as a temporary base near the last land still held by Islamic State militants in Baghouz, Syria, Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Hundreds of Islamic State militants are surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists and a person close to the negotiations said Monday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
February 18, 2019 - 3:37 pm
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man...
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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 - 1:11 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 on 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 14, 2019 - 7:01 am
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces are clearing two villages in eastern Syria of remaining Islamic State militants who are hiding among the local population, and detaining others attempting to flee with the civilians, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday. The clearance operations are taking...
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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 - 12:05 pm
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 - 11:20 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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February 09, 2019 - 10:57 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 6 p.m. U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces say they have begun the final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last pocket it holds in eastern Syria. Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted that the...
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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 - 4:20 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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A man walks past graffiti on the wall of a vacant lot that reads in Spanish: "Get out Maduro," referring to President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 24, 2019 - 7:56 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he would consider granting amnesty to President Nicolas Maduro and his allies if they helped return Venezuela to democracy. Guaido gave his first...
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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 - 6:38 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said its jets struck a series of Iranian military targets in Syria early Monday, an announcement that was a rare departure from Israel's years-long policy of ambiguity regarding activities in neighboring war-torn Syria. The military said the targets included...
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January 20, 2019 - 7:23 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:20 a.m. 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. The army issued...
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