A tense Russia-Turkey truce in Syria halts bombing campaign

BEIRUT (AP) — Idlib’s skies were completely free of Russian and Syrian government warplanes for the first time in weeks Friday, and residents reported a relative but tense calm as a cease-fire deal brokered by Turkey and Russia took hold in Syria’s northwestern province. The truce halted a terrifying campaign of bombing from above that […]

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Wednesday said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. The military said its fighter jets hit multiple targets belonging to the elite Quds force, including surface-to-air missiles, weapons warehouses […]

Not over yet: New US Syria mission after al-Baghdadi death

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivoting from the dramatic killing of the Islamic State’s leader, the Pentagon is increasing U.S. efforts to protect Syria’s oil fields from the extremist group as well as from Syria itself and the country’s Russian allies. It’s a new high-stakes mission even as American troops are withdrawn from other parts of the […]

Fearing US abandonment, Kurds kept back channels wide open

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Syria’s Kurdish fighters, America’s longtime battlefield allies against the Islamic State, announced over the weekend that they were switching sides and joining up with Damascus and Moscow, it seemed like a moment of geopolitical whiplash. But in fact, the move had been in the works for more than a year. Fearing […]

Trump orders Turkey sanctions; US scrambles for Syria exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Targeting Turkey’s economy, President Donald Trump announced sanctions Monday aimed at restraining the Turks’ assault against Kurdish fighters and civilians in Syria — an assault Turkey began after Trump announced he was moving U.S. troops out of the way. The United States also called on Turkey to stop the invasion and declare […]

‘Taking their last breath’: IS hides among Syrian civilians

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 patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians under the […]

Trump salutes remains of 4 Americans killed in Syria attack

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) — A solemn procession. A long salute. A chaplain’s prayer. President Donald Trump traveled to Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base on Saturday to pay his respects to the returning remains of four Americans who were killed this week in a suicide bomb attack in Syria.The bombing, which was the […]

Graham says Trump slowing down planned withdrawal from Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ordered a slowdown to the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Syria, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday. “I think we’re in a pause situation,” the South Carolina Republican said outside the White House after lunch with the president. Trump announced earlier this month that he was ordering the […]

Blasts from area of military airport shake Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A string of powerful blasts from the direction of a military airport in Damascus lit up the skies and shook the capital city in the early morning hours on Sunday, residents and state TV reported. The explosions were seen and heard coming from the direction of the Mezzeh airport, southwest of […]

Putin chides Trump’s opponents, calls summit a success

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called his first summit with President Donald Trump a success — but warned Thursday that Trump’s opponents in the U.S. are hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war. In his first public comments about the summit, Putin told […]