Sunday, March 26, 2017

Syria

This frame grab from video provided on Tuesday March 21, 2017, by Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows fighters from Ahrar al-Sham militant group run next of a burn truck during a battle against the Syrian government forces, in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. (Ahrar al-Sham, Syrian militant group, via AP)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists said Wednesday that dozens of people were killed or missing after an airstrike the day before leveled a school near the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa where displaced families had sought refuge. ...
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, damaged and blocked street where clashes erupted between the Syrian government forces and rebels, near the Abbassiyin square, east Damascus, Syria, Monday March 20, 2017. (SANA via AP)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces launched a counter-attack against rebels in Damascus on Tuesday, following a rebel suicide car bombing and another insurgent assault earlier in the day in the country’s capital, media reports said. It ...
A Federal Police soldier shoots toward Islamic State militant positions during fighting in western Mosul, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. campaign against the Islamic State in Syria has evolved in the past couple years from airstrikes and training of local forces to an increasingly complicated mission, which now ...
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian security forces gather in front the main judicial building which attacked by a suicide bomber, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (SANA via AP)

BY ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Suicide bombers hit the main judicial building and a restaurant in Damascus Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and spreading fear across Syria’s capital as the country’s civil war entered ...
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaks during an interview with Hong-Kong based Phoenix TV in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, March 11, 2017. (SANA via AP)

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — Twin explosions Saturday near religious shrines frequented by Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people, Syria’s interior minister and media reported. Syria State TV aired footage from the ...
This file frame grab from a video provided on Monday, March 6, 2017 by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), shows fighters from the SDF opening fire on an Islamic State group's position, in Raqqa's eastern countryside, Syria. (Syria Democratic Forces, via AP, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by the United States, a multi-ethnic group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces is likely to lead the operation to capture the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. The group ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

BY VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin hailed close ties between the Russian and Turkey militaries as he welcomed Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Friday’s talks focusing on Syria. Russia and Turkey co-brokered a cease-fire in December ...
Turkey's Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, center, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and Russia's Chief of Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting in the Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya, Turkey, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (Turkish Military, Pool Photo via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s military and an activist group say government forces and their allies are approaching a main water pumping station controlled by the Islamic State group in the country’s north. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media says troops ...
In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a Syrian man carries a carpet through a devastated part of the town of Palmyra as families load their belongings onto buses in the central Homs province in Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — Twin attacks on two Syrian security offices in the central city of Homs Saturday killed at least 32 people, including a senior security official who heads the feared Military Intelligence services, state media and ...
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, poses with Filippo Grandi, the head of U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, for a photo during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow is open for dialogue with the United States on safety zones in Syria, noting that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government. Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday he had ...
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