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BEIRUT| Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

BEIRUT— Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to end the insurgents’ presence in southern Syria. The government’s push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa province in an offensive that began in … Continue reading BEIRUT| Syrian government targets rebels near Israel-occupied Golan

BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

BEIRUT — For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and plunge the country into its calamitous civil war. The display is laden with symbolism as the government moves to stamp out the last … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

BEIRUT | Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

BEIRUT | April 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

BEIRUT | The Latest: Syrian government deploys forces in Douma

BEIRUT | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Syrian state TV says another 5,000 security forces are deploying in a town near the capital that was brought under full government control a week after an alleged chemical attack. Douma was the last rebel holdout in the … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Syrian government deploys forces in Douma

WASHINGTON| Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report

WASHINGTON| April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said Saturday. … Continue reading WASHINGTON| Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iran leader calls US-led strike ‘military crime’

WASHINGTON | April 14, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local): 5:50 a.m. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (hah-meh-neh-EE’) has called the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria a “military crime.” He spoke at a meeting with Iranian officials and ambassadors from some Islamic countries. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iran leader calls US-led strike ‘military crime’

MOSCOW | Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town

MOSCOW | April 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Russian military announced on Thursday that the Syrian government is now in full control of a town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by the rebels and that was the site of suspected chemical attack over the weekend. There was no official announcement by Damascus, however, and … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia says Syrian government now in control of rebel town

BEIRUT | The Latest: Germany: Syria must atone for chemical attacks

BEIRUT | April 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on the situation on Syria (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Germany says the Syrian government must be held accountable for the deadly chemical attacks against its own population. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert says images of the aftermath of Saturday’s attack in Douma “should move all of us.” … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Germany: Syria must atone for chemical attacks