Syria marks 7 years of war; thousands leave besieged enclave

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of civilians streamed out of a town in Syria’s besieged, opposition-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing on foot and in pick-up trucks and tractors to government-held territory near the capital, Damascus, according to footage on state-run Syrian television. Al-Ikhbariya TV showed men, women and children walking out of the […]

Russia’s Putin makes stop at Russian military base in Syria

BC-ML–Syria-Putin,3rd Ld-Writethru Dec 11, 2017 6:48AM (GMT 12:48) – 778 words By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with details, quotes, context; adds contributor, photos. With AP Photos. MOSCOW (AP) — Declaring a victory in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a […]

Syria opposition told to come to terms with Assad’s survival

BEIRUT (AP) — As Damascus reverses military losses in much of the country’s strategically important west, and foreign states cut support for rebel forces, diplomats from Washington to Riyadh are asking representatives of Syria’s opposition to come to terms with President Bashar Assad’s political survival. The country’s civil war has crossed the halfway point of […]

Weapons watchdog finds sarin used in deadly attack in Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, but a report released Friday stopped short of saying who was responsible. The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province killed more than 90 […]

A military and diplomatic analysis of the Syrian conflict

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear. The U.S. military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied Kurdish force that is battling […]

Trump says US not going to get involved in Syria

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is not going to get involved in Syria but that he had to act because of chemical attacks there. His comments, aired Wednesday on Fox Business News, come less than a week after Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Syria based on […]

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the US

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press LUCCA, Italy (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent meetings in Italy […]

US strike on Syria is widely hailed, but angers Russia

ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested […]

Tillerson says Russia has ‘failed’ in Syria; United States sends cruise missiles into Syrian air base

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. missile attack on Syria (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Russia has “failed” in its responsibility to deliver on a 2013 commitment to secure Syria’s chemical weapons. Tillerson briefed reporters shortly after the U.S. launched cruise missiles against a Syrian air base […]

Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attack

BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s justice minister said on Thursday that results from autopsies conducted on three Syrians brought to Turkey after this week’s assault in Syria’s Idlib province that killed 86 people show the victims were subjected to a chemical weapons attack. The statement came as international […]