More Syria Articles

  • Syrian rebels attack defense minister's village

    BEIRUT (AP) — Rebels attacked the Syrian defense minister's village on Friday, capturing parts of it after killing at least 18 soldiers and pro-government gunmen, activists said. The assault began with a suicide bombing against an army checkpoint in government-controlled Rahjan, which is in the...

  • UN: Europe holds 4 percent of Syrian refugees

    GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Europe has taken in 123,600 Syrians since the conflict began in March 2011, including over 11,000 who were rescued off the coast of Italy this year. The agency's tally shows just 4 percent of all the 2.9 million Syrian refugees wind up in Europe,...

  • Senate Republicans call on Obama to send military advisers to Jordan

    Senate Republicans want President Obama to sent military advisers to Jordan to help the country develop a defense against the Islamic militant group now fighting to take over Iraq and other areas of the Middle East.

  • Islamic militants on offensive against Kurds

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants using weapons they recently seized in neighboring Iraq intensified an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria as they fight to expand the territory under their control, activists said Thursday. The clashes came as a Syrian watchdog group said the death...

  • Diplomats: Staffan de Mistura is new Syria envoy

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Veteran Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been chosen by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the international point man on Syria, diplomats said Wednesday. The diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an expected...

  • Obama skitters, scampers and scuttles away from failure

    Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you'd previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Scuttle as much as the Constitution as you can.

  • Holder: Threat from Syria endangers Europe, US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder called on European nations Tuesday to deal more aggressively with the threat posed by the thousands of Westerners who have traveled to Syria to join the fighting there. In a speech for Norwegian diplomats in Oslo, Holder encouraged European...

  • 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 on the weather and sea conditions, to destroy the approximately 600 metric tons of material...

  • Syrian army tries to choke off rebels in Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops advanced in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, in what appears to be an attempt to lay siege to opposition-held parts of the country's largest city, activists said. The troops faced rebels stretched thin by a two-front fight against government forces...

  • Iraq's oil potential goes untapped

    Anxiety over the turmoil in Iraq disrupting oil output is easing as Iraqi forces push back against the Sunni extremist insurgency, but long-term fears remain that the instability could cause painful aftershocks -- especially if it scares off multinational oil companies that had begun investing in...

  • UN warns of serious threat in Syria refugee crisis

    GENEVA (AP) — The spiraling refugee crisis from Syria's civil war could pose a serious threat to Lebanon's security and destabilize the entire region unless donors quickly provide the unfunded 70 percent of the $3.74 billion needed for emergency needs, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António...

  • US ship sails off to destroy Syrian weapons at sea

    GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — A United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons left an Italian port Wednesday to destroy the arms at sea as part of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile. The MV Cape Ray steamed out of the...

  • Militants try to tighten their grip in Iraq, Syria

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Fresh from success in Iraq, a Sunni extremist group tried to tighten its hold Wednesday on territory in Syria and crush pockets of resistance on land straddling the border where it has declared the foundation of an Islamic state. Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki...

  • Chechen in Syria a rising star in extremist group

    BEIRUT (AP) — A young, red-bearded ethnic Chechen has rapidly become one of the most prominent commanders in the breakaway al-Qaida group that has overrun swaths of Iraq and Syria, illustrating the international nature of the movement. Omar al-Shishani, one of hundreds of Chechens who have been...

  • US ship arrives in Italy port for Syria weapons

    GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — The U.S. ship MV Cape Ray sailed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Tuesday to handle the unprecedented transfer and destruction of about 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons. The 648-foot (197.5-meter) U.S. government cargo ship has been fitted with two...



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