Syrian civil war

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 - 5:24 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 18, 2019 - 11:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit people trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria Friday, killing at least 20 including children, opposition activists and the country's state media reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the...
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January 16, 2019 - 8:41 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local) 6:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is claiming that the Islamic State "caliphate has crumbled" and the militant network "has been defeated." But his comments Wednesday in a speech at the State Department came shortly after the U.S...
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January 12, 2019 - 9:37 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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January 05, 2019 - 9:13 am
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 - 8:48 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 photo taken Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, Hulusi Akar, Turkey's Defense Minister and former Chief of Staff, center, and top army commanders walk during a visit to Turkish troops stationed at the border with Syria, in Kilis, Turkey. Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers met in Moscow on Saturday to discuss northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country.(Turkish Defence Ministry via AP)
January 02, 2019 - 10:08 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Two days of fighting in rebel-held parts of northern Syria killed dozens of people as al-Qaida-linked militants press their offensive against Turkey-backed rebels, a war monitor and activists said Wednesday. The new wave of fighting comes after President Donald Trump's abrupt...
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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 - 7:54 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 20,000 people were killed in 2018 in Syria's war, the lowest annual death toll since the war began nearly eight years ago, a group that closely tracks the conflict said Monday. Fighting has died down in much of the country as President Bashar Assad's forces continue to gain...
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In this March 29, 2018 photo, a Syrian student walks next a wall with Arabic that reads: "We will not emigrate we will confront, no to the Turkish occupation," 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 28, 2018 - 1:40 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria. Turkey and American troops patrolling the...
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This photo released on the Facebook page of the Military Council of Manbij City, shows U.S. troops based around the Syrian town of Manbij speaking with residents, in northern Syria, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (The Military Council of Manbij City via AP)
December 28, 2018 - 10:01 am
BEIRUT (AP) — BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters say their forces are on alert and ready for an offensive in a flashpoint Kurdish-held town after Syrian troops announced that they have entered it and raised the...
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