Syria

The MV Cape Ray is escorted by tug boats as it arrives at Gioia Tauro port, southern Italy, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

US starts destruction of Syria chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray began Monday. Army Col. Steve Warren says it will take about 60 days, depending […]

07/07/2014

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Activists: Syrian air raid in eastern city kills 5

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say that government warplanes have struck an eastern city that is a stronghold of an Islamic militant group, killing five civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says […]

06/25/2014

In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, signs reading "Toxic" are seen on the containers carrying Syria's dangerous chemical weapons aboard the Danish cargo ship, Ark Futura, transporting the chemical weapons out of the strife-torn country, in Cyprus coastal waters. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday, June 23, 2014, the final shipment of stockpiled chemical weapons has been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships for transportation out of Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been […]

06/23/2014

In this photo taken Saturday, June 21, 2014, militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) patrol in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq. Sunni militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, officials said Sunday, in what is shaping up to be a major offensive in one of Iraq's most restive regions. (AP Photo)

Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants on Sunday captured two border crossings, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, security and military officials said, as they pressed on with their offensive in […]

06/22/2014

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaida breakaway group, on Monday and Tuesday took over much of Mosul in Iraq and then swept into the city of Tikrit further south. An estimated half a million residents fled Mosul, the economically important city. (AP Photo)

What is going on in Iraq and why?

(AP) – An al-Qaida breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an […]

06/12/2014

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott following the conclusion of their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 12, 2014. The two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia's leadership in the G-20 this year, and the future of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: Iraq will need additional US assistance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday Iraq will need more help from the United States as it seeks to push back a violent Islamic insurgency that has captured two key cities and is […]

06/12/2014

Pope Francis is flanked by a royal house representatives upon his arrival at Amman's airport, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014. The pontiff is in Jordan on the first of a three day trip to the Middle East that will also take him to the West Bank and Israel. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

Pope opens Mideast trip lamenting Syrian conflict

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Pope Francis called on Saturday for an “urgent” end to the Syrian civil war and lamented the refugee crisis it has spawned as he opened a three-day trip to the Middle […]

05/24/2014

Journalists get into a fight when discussing the Syrian Civil War are shown in this video posted to YouTube.

When good journalists go bad (Video)

Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally overturned the tables on each other during an on-air brawl. The speakers broke apart the studio’s table they had […]

05/08/2014

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a group of nuns who were freed after being held by rebels, greet church officials at the Syrian border town of Jdeidat Yabous, early Monday, March. 10, 2014. Rebels in Syria freed more than a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns on Monday, ending their four-month captivity in exchange for Syrian authorities releasing dozens of female prisoners. The release of the nuns and their helpers, 16 women in all, is a rare successful prisoner-exchange deal between Syrian government authorities and the rebels seeking to overthrow the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

Nuns freed after hostage ordeal arrive in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Greek Orthodox nuns freed after being held hostage by al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels arrived in Damascus Monday morning, ending their three-month ordeal in a rare prisoner exchange with the government. The 13 […]

03/10/2014

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Carney answered questions including ones on Syria and North Korea. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama struggling to find winning formula in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — With peace talks failing, Syria’s government on the offensive and moderate rebels pushed aside by al-Qaida-linked militants, the Obama administration is struggling for new ideas to halt a savage civil war. Extending […]

02/18/2014

Jan. 19, 2014, file photo provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian citizens inspect an unexploded barrel of explosives which was dropped from a Syrian forces helicopter, on a street in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)

Syria puts a crude weapon to deadly use

BEIRUT (AP) — They are known as barrel bombs — makeshift, shrapnel-packed explosive devices that Syrian forces have been dropping on rebel-held neighborhoods from helicopters. Residents have another name for them: “barrels of death.” It’s […]

02/06/2014

In this citizen journalism image made from Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 video provided by Nur Media Center, an anti-government activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, men dig 14-month-old Ghina Khalil out of rubble in Aleppo, Syria. The toddler was pulled out after men pulled aside rocks, concrete rubble and dust to free her, caught under a smashed building, bombed by the government forces in the area of Masaraniyeh in Aleppo. (AP Photo/Nur Media Center)

Watch video of dramatic rescue of baby buried in rubble in Syria

Fourteen-month-old Ghina Khalil is recovering with her family in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after being buried in rubble. The stunning rescue, caught on video, corresponds to Associated Press reporting of events. The footage […]

01/30/2014

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