Syrian civil war

FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against IS, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq. The Trump administration will keep open the State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group for at least six more months, reversing a plan for its imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump pushes ahead with moves for a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. McGurk, is now expected to remain in his job at least through the end of the year. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
May 20, 2018 - 11:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A...
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May 20, 2018 - 5:21 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group says a cease-fire between government forces and Islamic State militants in the southern neighborhoods of Damascus has held for 24 hours, and that some of the fighters have been allowed to leave. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said...
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May 18, 2018 - 11:05 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 6 p.m. A Syria war monitor says 11 people have been killed and dozens wounded and missing in blasts from explosions at a weapons warehouse inside an air base in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the deaths...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend news conference after their meeting at Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, May 18, 2018. The meeting in Sochi is Merkel's first visit to Russia in a year and comes amid tense relations between Berlin and Moscow. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
May 18, 2018 - 9:52 am
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Russia (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Europe to help rebuild Syria to encourage the return of refugees to their homes. Speaking after Friday's talks with German Chancellor Angela...
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May 16, 2018 - 6:34 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that chlorine was likely used as a weapon in the rebel-held northern Syrian town of Saraqeb in early February, the latest report of poison gas being unleashed in Syria's civil war. The Organization for the...
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Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, May 11, 2018. Berri a close ally of Syria and Iran says this week's retaliation to repeated Israeli airstrikes in Syria was a "very strong warning" to Israel. He said this time the retaliation was in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but next time it will be in Israel proper. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
May 11, 2018 - 1:39 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The formation of a new Cabinet in Lebanon that represents all factions should take place quickly because of growing regional tensions and the fragile country's struggling economy, a senior Lebanese politician said Friday. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri spoke in an interview with The...
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Israeli soldiers walk past tanks in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Israel says it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
May 11, 2018 - 10:18 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A senior Lebanese politician and close ally of Syria and Iran says this week's retaliation to repeated Israeli airstrikes in Syria was a "very strong warning" to Israel. Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says this time the...
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Israeli soldiers walk past tanks in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Israel says it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
May 11, 2018 - 9:09 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble. Iran, meanwhile, in its first official reaction to the Israeli attacks on suspected Iranian targets in Syria, said...
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An Israeli Tank drives in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Israel says it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights. It was the biggest Israeli strike in Syria since the 1973 war. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
May 10, 2018 - 9:51 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria, where Israel responded to a rocket attack by launching a wave of missile strikes on Iranian positions (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Israel's U.N. ambassador is calling on the U.N. Security Council and the secretary-general to immediately condemn Iran...
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This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked "dozens" of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)
May 10, 2018 - 3:03 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli forces unleashed a heavy bombardment against Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday in what Israel called retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter...
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