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JERUSALEM | Israel says Iranian military targets hit in Syria; 11 dead

JERUSALEM —Jan 21, 2019—The Israeli military says the Iranian targets that its jets struck in Syria include munition storage facilities, an intelligence site and a military training camp. The unusual announcement appears to mark an end to Israel’s years-long policy on ambiguity regarding activities in neighboring Syria. The military says the strikes come in response … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel says Iranian military targets hit in Syria; 11 dead

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

BEIRUT | Fighting among rebels in northern Syria kills dozens

BEIRUT  —Jan 02, 2019—Fighting in rebel-held parts of northern Syria has killed dozens of people as al-Qaida-linked militants press their offensive against Turkey-backed rebels. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that two days of fighting in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib have killed 31 people, mostly fighters. The al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation … Continue reading BEIRUT | Fighting among rebels in northern Syria kills dozens

DAMASCUS, Syria | The Latest: Syrian official: 50 injured in gas attack

DAMASCUS, Syria— The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 12:25 a.m. A Syrian official says that at least 50 civilians were being treated Saturday following a suspected poison gas attack by Syrian rebel groups on the government-held Aleppo city in the country’s north. Syrian state TV previously said that 21 people had been … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | The Latest: Syrian official: 50 injured in gas attack

BEIRUT | IS gunmen kill 40 US-backed fighters in eastern Syria

BEIRUT— Member of the Islamic State group killed at least 40 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost earlier this month in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq in some of the most intense fighting in weeks, a war monitor and an agency linked to IS said Saturday. Members of … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS gunmen kill 40 US-backed fighters in eastern Syria

BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held villages in the country’s northwest on Friday, killing seven people in violation of a truce reached by Russia and Turkey last month, opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven people, including three women and three children, were killed in the shelling of Umm … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BEIRUT | IS kidnaps scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT  — A U.S.-backed Syrian force and a war monitor say members of the Islamic State group have stormed a settlement for displaced people in the country’s east and kidnapped scores of civilians. The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that fighting Friday night in the Hajin camp for displaced persons left 20 IS … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS kidnaps scores of civilians in eastern Syria

BEIRUT | 2 Syrian rebel groups begin pulling weapons in Idlib area

BEIRUT — Two Syrian rebel groups began withdrawing their heavy weapons Saturday from a northwestern area of the country where Russia and Turkey have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone, opposition activists said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Free Idlib Army and Failaq al-Sham started removing artillery … Continue reading BEIRUT | 2 Syrian rebel groups begin pulling weapons in Idlib area

MOSCOW | The Latest: Group: Israeli raids on Syrian facility kill 2

MOSCOW— The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A war monitoring group says Israeli raids against a Syrian weapons facility on Syria’s coast killed two soldiers whose bodies were found after the fire sparked by the explosions died … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Group: Israeli raids on Syrian facility kill 2