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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's unscripted remark this week about pulling out of Syria "very soon" was at odds with his own policy, but it was not a one-off. U.S. officials say that for weeks, top advisers have been fretting about an overly hasty withdrawal as Trump has increasingly told them ...
France's Macron gives backing to Syrian Democratic Forces. 11 hrs ago. PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, members of whom he met with in Paris to discuss the conflict in northern Syria. In a statement Friday, the Elysee said Macron praised the group ...

KOBANI, Syria (AP) — The U.S. military said Friday that two coalition personnel have been killed and five were wounded by a roadside bombing in Syria ... The military did not say where the incident occurred but it came hours after a local Syrian official said that a roadside bomb has exploded in the tense, ...
KOBANI, Syria (AP) — Two British members the Islamic State group believed to have belonged to a cell notorious for beheading hostages in northern Syria said Friday that their home country's revoking of their citizenship denies them the possibility of fair trial. One of them said the killings of captives was ...
... Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home. Italian police, carabinieri and soldiers were on alert, with Holy Week coinciding with a spate of arrests of suspected Islamic extremists around Italy and warnings from law enforcement about the return of foreign fighters from Iraq and Syria ...
MANBIJ, Syria (AP) — A rowdy mob of over two dozen men on motorcycles streamed into the small square in the center of Manbij. They cheered and waved jerseys of their local soccer team, which had just beat the town's top club. The upset victory was sweet, and their wild chants reverberated, "My people!

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says more than 13,000 fighters, their family members, and other civilians have been bused out of a second pocket of the besieged eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. The SANA news agency says 6,749 people, among them 1,620 fighters, were taken out on buses ...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a ceremony for judicial appointments in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, March 19, 2018. Erdogan says following victory in Syria's Afrin region, his country will expand its military operations into other Kurdish-held areas in Syria as well as in Iraq's Sinjar region.
Trump said that he and Putin would meet to discuss “Ukraine and Syria and North Korea and various other things,” including what he called a burgeoning arms race. But he was quick to add that, militarily, “we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have.” Putin announced earlier ...
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syria war monitoring group says Turkish-allied militiamen are looting the northern Syrian town of Afrin after the Turkish military and allied Syrian fighters seized control of it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday the looting began on Sunday, after the Turkish ...

Demonstrators carry flags of the Yekineyen Parastina Gel, YPG, militia, as they protest against the Turkish military intervention in northern Syria, ... ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish news agency and Syrian activists say Turkey-backed forces have reached the center of the Syrian town of Afrin, the target of a ...
Syria's President Assad visits troops on Ghouta's front line. 20 hrs ago. DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad visited troops Sunday on the front line in the newly captured areas of eastern Ghouta, near the capital Damascus, according to images broadcast on state media and on the presidency sites.
According to a Reuters report, Eastern Ghouta is one of the few rebel-controlled areas remaining as the nation's brutal civil war drags on. Russia is the primary backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The U.S. has backed military forces in the country, but their primary purpose is to fight the Islamic State.
10, in which Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed the Israeli F-16, marked the first direct military conflict between Israel and Iran. Israel's military said it targeted a command-and-control facility located at a Syrian air base near Palmyra that Iran had used to launch the drone. Some residents in Lebanese villages ...
This photo released Tuesday, March 13, 2018, by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the White Hemets removing a body after airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. The Syrian government and the Russian ...
FILE - This Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Syrian President Bashar Assad watching troops march at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria. In comments published on the official presidency Telegram channel Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Assad said his country's war ...
Goal worker in Syria, Derek O'Rourke from Kells with area co-ordinator, Kasem Hijazy. ... I work with almost 400 fellow Syrian in Syria and I also travel regularly to Turkey, where a further 90 national and international GOAL staff are located, including my colleague and good friend, Derek O'Rourke, from ...
National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Thursday called for further U.S. action against Russia as punishment for crimes in Syria, in a fiery address at an event marking the seventh year of the Syrian Civil War. McMaster also forcefully condemned the Syrian government and its allies in Iran, advocating a ...
BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians were bused out of a second pocket of the besieged eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus on Sunday after rebels agreed to leave several towns and villages after years of siege and weeks of heavy bombardment. Close to 900 people were evacuated ...
Thousands expected to leave second pocket in Syria's Ghouta. 37 min ago. BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that some 7,000 members of a rebel group and their relatives are getting ready to leave eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus to opposition-held areas north of the country.


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