Syrian civil war

Syrian troops battling in a remote desert area near the borders.
May 09, 2017 - 4:38 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military launched a new assault Tuesday aimed at reasserting its authority in the east of the country, battling U.S.-backed opposition fighters in the remote desert near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. The government forces' ultimate goal is to insert itself in the fight...
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Map locates the four Russian-proposed safe zones across Syria; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96.3 mm x 114 mm;
May 08, 2017 - 5:52 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground. Syria planned...
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Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin attends a briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017. Russia's military says the agreement setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria will go into effect at midnight. The military also says the deal, which was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan the day before, could be extended to more areas of the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 06, 2017 - 5:33 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Relative calm prevailed Saturday in wide parts of war-ravaged Syria despite sporadic violations and clashes after a deal to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held areas went into effect, opposition activists and government media outlets said. There were no immediate...
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Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin attends a briefing in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017. Russia's military says the agreement setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria will go into effect at midnight. The military also says the deal, which was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan the day before, could be extended to more areas of the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 06, 2017 - 1:56 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect Saturday. The plan is the latest international attempt to reduce violence in the war-ravaged country, and is the first to envisage armed foreign...
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Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff, speaks to the media in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017. Russia's military says the agreement setting up four de-escalation zones in Syria will go into effect at midnight. The military also says the deal, which was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Kazakhstan the day before, could be extended to more areas of the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 05, 2017 - 6:24 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect in the early hours of Saturday. The plan is the latest international attempt to reduce violence in the war-ravaged country, and is the first to...
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This photo provided by Azaz Media Office, a Syrian anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens and civil defense workers gathering next of burning car at the explosion scene, in Azaz town, north Syria, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Syrian activists say a large explosion in a northern town along the border with Turkey has killed and wounded several people. (Azaz Media Office via AP)
May 05, 2017 - 5:58 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — A deal hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up "de-escalation zones" in mostly opposition-held parts of Syria went into effect in the early hours of Saturday. The plan is the latest international attempt to reduce violence in the war-ravaged country, and is the first to...
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In this picture taken on Thursday, April 27, 2017, Alaa, 19, who was shot in March 2013 in her jaw and other several injuries on her body during clashes between Syrian government forces and the rebels in the al-Waer neighborhood in the Syrian province of Homs, wipes tears as she tells her injury story, at her home in Bebnine town, north Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
May 05, 2017 - 7:31 am
BIBNINE, Lebanon (AP) — Alaa plays the horrifying video she kept on her phone that shows her moments after she was riddled with bullets, her jaw shredded, hand punctured, and chest bleeding. "Did you not see the video?" the Syrian teenager asks visitors, in defiance of its cruelty, to show how far...
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In this picture taken on Thursday, April 27, 2017, Alaa, 19, who was shot in March 2013 in her jaw and other several injuries on her body during clashes between Syrian government forces and the rebels in the al-Waer neighborhood in the Syrian province of Homs, wipes tears as she tells her injury story, at her home in Bebnine town, north Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
May 05, 2017 - 2:55 am
BIBNINE, Lebanon (AP) — Alaa plays the horrifying video she kept on her phone that shows her moments after she was riddled with bullets, her jaw shredded, hand punctured, and chest bleeding. "Did you not see the video?" the Syrian teenager asks visitors, in defiance of its cruelty, to show how far...
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This undated image posted online Monday, May. 1, 2017, by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, purports to show an Islamic State fighter firing his weapon during clashes with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish activists said Tuesday, May 2, 2017, that a surprise attack in northeastern Syria carried out by IS has killed over 20 people, including displaced civilians. Arabic banner reads, "Targeting gatherings of the infidel PKK with automatic weapons north of the province." (Militant Photo via AP)
May 02, 2017 - 12:28 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday at a crossing frequently used by Iraqi and Syrian civilians seeking safety in northeastern Syria, killing at least 37 people, mostly civilians, Kurdish officials and activists said. The pre-dawn attack took place after...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to their talks at Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin expected to focus on the unresolved conflict in Ukraine and the civil war in Syria. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
May 02, 2017 - 9:56 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 4:55 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Speaking during a joint news conference Tuesday with Germany's...
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