Civil wars

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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January 20, 2019 - 10:39 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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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 - 8:25 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 16, 2019 - 12:29 pm
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 - 6:31 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 - 12:14 pm
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 - 4:59 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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January 05, 2019 - 12:13 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Talks are ongoing between the Syrian government in Damascus and Kurdish officials to reach a deal on how to fill the gap following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, a Syrian Kurdish official said Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2018 file photo, National Security Advisor John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. The White House has sent Bolton on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The pullout announced before Christmas was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but the timetable has slowed as the president acceded to requests from aides, allies and members of Congress for a more orderly drawdown. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
January 05, 2019 - 11:48 am
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The White House has sent national security adviser John Bolton on a mission to allay Israel's concerns about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. The pullout announced before Christmas was initially expected to be completed within weeks, but...
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In this March 31, 2018 photo, Syrian kids sit on their balcony apartment that was destroyed during the battle between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters and Islamic State militants, in Manbij, north Syria. On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, Syria's military said it entered the flashpoint Kurdish-held town of Manbij, where Turkey has threatened an offensive -- a claim that was refuted by U.S. troops who patrol the town. The announcement and the conflicting reports reflect the potential for chaos in the wake of the U.S. surprise decision to withdraw troops from Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 31, 2018 - 9:33 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A group that closely tracks Syria's war says nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018, the lowest annual death toll of the nearly eight-year war. Fighting died down in much of the country after President Bashar Assad's forces defeated rebels in bloody battles around the capital and...
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