Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Syria

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis briefs the press prior to a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR BRUSSELS (AP) — Syria’s government is taking seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been ...
In this May 18, 2017 file photo, a Syrian National flag hangs out of a damaged building at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria.

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay “a heavy price” if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack — warning of action that could ...
White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 26, 2017.

BY PHILIP ISSA and JILL COLVIN BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria ...
In this image provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service and released on Friday, June 23, 2017, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean.

BY NATALIYA VASILYEVA MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow’s latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the ...
U.S. military confirmed that it had shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter.

BY PHILIP ISSA 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 ...
This March 7, 2017 frame grab from video provided by Arab 24 network, shows U.S. forces patrolling on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official says the fight for Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital, will “only accelerate” as the militants lose their grip on Iraq’s Mosul. Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against ...
In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, file frame grab provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, long-range Kalibr cruise missiles are launched by a Russian Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean.

BY NATALIYA VASILYEVA MOSCOW (AP) — Russians warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ...
This frame grab from video provided by The Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, Spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, reads a statement after they captured the Tabqa town from the Islamic State militants, in Tabqa town, north Syria, Friday May 12, 2017. (Syrian Democratic Forces via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton factory only a couple of miles north of the city, activists and Kurdish media reported. The ...

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces were clearing mines at the country’s largest dam and the nearby town of Tabqa on Thursday, a day after seizing them from Islamic State militants. The capture of Tabqa, a key step in the ...
Map locates the four Russian-proposed safe zones across Syria.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. owes it to the people of Syria to take a close look at the Russian proposal to create several “safe zones” in Syria. But Mattis ...
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