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DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian state media: Bombing targets checkpoint in capital

DAMASCUS, Syria —Jan 20, 2019—A bombing in the Syrian capital on Sunday targeted a military checkpoint on a main highway during rush hour, state media reported. There was no immediate word on casualties from the blast in the southern neighborhood of Qazaz, near the highway leading into central Damascus. State TV gave few details about … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian state media: Bombing targets checkpoint in capital

BEIRUT | Explosion in north Syria targets al-Qaida gunmen, kills 11

BEIRUT—Jan 18, 2019— An explosion outside an office belonging to an al-Qaida-linked group in the country’s northwestern on Friday killed at least 11 people and wounded several others, opposition activists said. The blast comes a week after members of the al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for Levant Liberation Committee, or HTS, took over control of … Continue reading BEIRUT | Explosion in north Syria targets al-Qaida gunmen, kills 11

BEIRUT | Syrian army shells areas held by insurgents in northwest

BEIRUT — Jan 12, 2019—Syria’s state media says artillery shelling by government forces has pounded parts of the northwestern Idlib province where militants were trying to infiltrate. SANA said Saturday’s shelling focused on the town of Tamanaa near Maaret al-Numan that was taken this week by al-Qaida-linked militants from Turkey-backed opposition fighters. The Britain-based Syrian … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian army shells areas held by insurgents in northwest

BAGHDAD | The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

BAGHDAD — Jan 11, 2019—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 Damascus. It was not immediately … Continue reading BAGHDAD | The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

BAGHDAD | US official says withdrawal from Syria has started

BAGHDAD  —January 11, 2019— After days of back and forth over U.S. President Donald Trump‘s decision to pullout American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday the process of withdrawal has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, … Continue reading BAGHDAD | US official says withdrawal from Syria has started

BAGHDAD | The Latest: Russia says US ‘not serious’ on Syria withdrawal

BAGHDAD —Jan 11, 2019—The Latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the Americans are not serious about withdrawing from Syria. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that it appears to Moscow that the U.S. “is looking for a reason to stay.” Zakharova said Moscow … Continue reading BAGHDAD | The Latest: Russia says US ‘not serious’ on Syria withdrawal

BAGHDAD | US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

BAGHDAD — Jan 11, 2019—An American military official says the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-coalition fighting the Islamic State group, says the U.S. started “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria.” In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on … Continue reading BAGHDAD | US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started

BEIRUT | The Latest: Islamic State fighters hit US-aided Syrian force

BEIRUT — Jan 07, 2019—The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The main U.S.-backed Syrian faction fighting the Islamic State group says members of the extremist group have attacked one of its positions, killing a civilian and wounding several other fighters in the northern city of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Islamic State fighters hit US-aided Syrian force