Monday, October 23, 2017

Syria

This Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 frame grab from video, shows Syrian soldiers patrolling in the street of Qaryatayn, a town in central Syria which was recaptured from Islamic State group militants on Saturday.

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 70 civilians had been killed — shot or beheaded, their ...
This Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 frame grab made from drone video shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said that military operations to oust the Islamic State group have ended and that their fighters have taken full control of the city

BY JILL COLVIN STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group’s ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace ...
This July 30, 2017 photo, shows an oil field controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in Rmeilan, Hassakeh province, northeast Syria.

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition said allied fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group on Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With ...
In this picture taken on Monday Oct. 16, 2017 and provided by The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters, flash victory signs at the front line where they battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, Syria.

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants Tuesday, a senior commander said, in a major defeat for the collapsing extremist group that had proclaimed it to be the ...
This undated file photo, shows Abu Mohammed al-Golani, second right, then leader of Fatah al-Sham Front, in pictures posted by the group, discussing battlefield details with field commanders over a map, in Aleppo, Syria.

BY BASSEM MROUE and NATALIYA VASILYEVA BEIRUT (AP) — Intensified fighting in Syria in recent weeks has damaged more hospitals, with at least 10 medical facilities hit over the past 10 days and hundreds of thousands of people cut off ...
This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows damage after a suicide car bomber struck a police station in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day. In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in ...
In this Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 file photo, Russian military helicopter flies over a desert in Deir es-Zor province, Syria.

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the increasing tensions around one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in ...
In this July 27, 2017 file photo, a U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighter, runs as he fires mortars at Islamic State group militant, in Raqqa, northeast Syria.

BY SARAH EL DEEB BEIRUT (AP) — The battle for the Islamic State group’s de-facto Syria capital, Raqqa, has reached its “final stages,” the Syrian Democratic Forces said Wednesday, almost four months after the U.S.-backed force launched an assault on ...
This photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, praying on the first day of Eid al-Adha at Bilal mosque in the western Qalamoun town of Qarat, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Damascus, Syria, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

BY ALBERT AJI DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad traveled Friday to a town recently captured from Islamic State group militants to attend Eid al-Adha prayers. Assad prayed in Bilal mosque in Qarat, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) ...
In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Joseph Aoun, right, and Spanish Defense Minister Yacoub Sarraf, left, listen to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, speaking to journalists at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

BY BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes to disrupt a convoy of Islamic State militants being evacuated from the Lebanon-Syria border to an IS-held area in eastern Syria near Iraq, without targeting ...
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