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OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | The Latest: Red Cross warns of crisis at Syrian camp

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 2:55 a.m. The Red Cross’ U.N. observer says the weak and fragile services at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria are on “the brink of collapse” because of a flood of civilians and some Islamic State extremists who have left … Continue reading OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria | The Latest: Red Cross warns of crisis at Syrian camp

IS gunmen hide among civilians in last Syria holdout

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries’ shared border. In that tiny territory on the banks of the Euphrates river, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the shadow … Continue reading IS gunmen hide among civilians in last Syria holdout

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 | Kurds call for larger French role after US leaves Syria

BEIRUT— A senior Kurdish politician Friday called on France to play a larger role in Syria following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, warning that Kurdish fighters may have to withdraw from the front lines in the fight against the Islamic State group. Ilham Ahmed also suggested that the main Kurdish militia may … Continue reading BEIRUT | Kurds call for larger French role after US leaves Syria

BEIRUT | The Latest: Official says France disagrees with Trump on IS

BEIRUT — The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A senior French official says France does not “share the assessment” of U.S. President Donald Trump that the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria is over. The official, who was not authorized to … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Official says France disagrees with Trump on IS

BEIRUT | The Latest: US ally in Syria says IS not yet defeated

BEIRUT — The Latest on the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A U.S.-backed group in Syria has rejected President Donald Trump‘s claim that the Islamic State has been defeated and says the withdrawal of U.S. troops would lead to a resurgence of the extremist group. The … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: US ally in Syria says IS not yet defeated

BEIRUT | US-backed Syrian fighters resume offensive against IS

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have resumed their ground offensive against the Islamic State group in the last territories controlled by the extremists in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement Sunday that the decision to resume the fighting came after threats from Turkey against the Kurdish-led force dropped due … Continue reading BEIRUT | US-backed Syrian fighters resume offensive against IS

U.S. Department of State News: Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: We congratulate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on their successful operations to liberate al-Dashisha, Syria, from the scourge of ISIS. Dashisha since 2013 has been a key stronghold and transit route for ISIS fighters, weapons, and suicide bombers between Syria and Iraq. The SDF … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria

U.S. Department of State News: Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at NATO HQ

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hosted a meeting with the foreign ministers of select members of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS on the sidelines of the NATO Summit on July 12. The Coalition recognized the extraordinary … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at NATO HQ

U.S. Department of State News: Readout of the Meeting in Morocco of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement:: Senior diplomatic representatives from the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met today in Morocco to review the global campaign. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk provided an update on progress in Iraq and Syria and outlined the Coalition’s increasing focus on … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Readout of the Meeting in Morocco of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

The Latest: Syrian Kurds: Turkish attacks on Afrin kill 20

BEIRUT /March 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  The Latest on developments in Syria’s seven-year civil war (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Syrian Kurdish forces say that Turkish shelling and airstrikes in the northern Syrian town of Afrin have killed at least 20 civilians. Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, also says 30 people … Continue reading The Latest: Syrian Kurds: Turkish attacks on Afrin kill 20

US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

WASHINGTON/February 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in the Middle East said Tuesday in notably pointed criticism of Moscow. “I’m being very serious when I say they play the … Continue reading US general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

BRUSSELS /February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The specter of a U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria loomed over Thursday’s meeting between the top American diplomat and Turkey’s leader as the two NATO allies scrambled to ease some of their worst tensions in years. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is fuming over U.S. assistance to Kurdish fighters near his … Continue reading Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle