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  • US draws a line on protecting CIA-backed rebels in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-13-15 4:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Russian military intervention to prop up Syria's government has brought new scrutiny of the CIA's secret support to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. But how far is the U.S. willing to go to empower its proxies to take on Vladimir Putin's allies?

  • Russian Embassy shelled in Syria as insurgents hit back story has photos
    Updated: Oct-13-15 2:40 pm

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The Russian Embassy in Damascus was shelled Tuesday as pro-government demonstrators gathered outside, and Syria's largest insurgent coalition announced an offensive to counter Moscow's airstrikes that have injected new fury in the conflict.

  • France, Saudi Arabia deepen alliance with 10B euros in deals story has photos
    Updated: Oct-13-15 2:02 pm

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - France has signed deals worth 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) with Saudi Arabia, said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday, underscoring the shared foreign policy stances that have helped deepen the two countries' military and economic ties.

  • Amid Russian airstrikes, a Putin craze takes hold in Mideast 
    Updated: Oct-12-15 2:54 pm

    BEIRUT - Amid the ornate walls of Damascus' famed Omayyad Mosque, preacher Maamoun Rahmeh stood before worshippers last week, declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin a "giant and beloved leader" who has "destroyed the myth of the self-aggrandizing America."

  • EU criticizes Russia's military moves in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Oct-12-15 1:33 pm

    LUXEMBOURG - European Union nations on Monday criticized Russia's military intervention in Syria, with the bloc's top diplomat calling it a worrying "game changer." But EU countries maintained Moscow's efforts wouldn't keep President Bashar Assad in power.

  • NATO chief accuses Russia of prolonging war in Syria 
    Updated: Oct-12-15 8:25 am

    STAVANGER, Norway - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has accused Russia of prolonging the war in Syria by supporting President Bashar Assad and calls on Moscow to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

  • Officials: CIA-backed Syrian rebels under Russian blitz story has photos
    Updated: Oct-10-15 11:14 am

    WASHINGTON - CIA-backed rebels in Syria, who had begun to put serious pressure on President Bashar Assad's forces, are now under Russian bombardment with little prospect of rescue by their American patrons, U.S. officials say.

  • US weighing Russian response on Syria flight safety 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 8:50 pm

    ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Russian leaders have responded to a proposed draft of safety guidelines for military aircraft flying missions in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria, the Pentagon said Friday.

  • GLANCE: Tunisia, Nobel winner, shines as Arab Spring success 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 3:30 pm

    The Nobel Peace Prize announced Friday pointed to the relative success of Tunisia in building toward democracy after a 2011 uprising ousted a longtime dictator. That makes it a resounding exception among the nations of the Arab Spring revolts.

  • Defense secretary confirms Russian missiles crashed in Iran 
    Updated: Oct-09-15 10:03 am

    LONDON - The U.S. has indications that four Russian cruise missiles crashed in Iran rather than Syria, suggesting there were malfunctions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Friday.

  • The Latest: Slain Iran general was key figure in Syria war story has photos
    Updated: Oct-09-15 9:16 am

    DAMASCUS, Syria - The latest developments as Syrian troops and other nations battle militants in Syria. (All times local in Syria).

  • NATO talks tough on Russia in Syria, with scant action story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 2:23 pm

    BRUSSELS - NATO talked tough Thursday about Moscow's expanding military activity in Syria, but the U.S.-led alliance's chief response to the Russian airstrikes and cruise missile attacks was a public pledge to help reinforce the defenses of member nation Turkey if necessary.

  • Turkey warns Russia over trade ties 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 7:13 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia that its military action in Syria is endangering trade ties with Turkey.

  • Syrian militant group recasts itself as moderate option 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 2:11 am

    BEIRUT - The militants brought the two men into a square in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, then announced their punishment for failing to attend Friday prayers: 25 lashes delivered by a hose-wielding militant that left their backs covered in welts and dark bruises.

  • Some Syrians chart pre-approved path to European asylum story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm

    CRETEIL, France - Her slain husband, bombed-out Damascus home and refugee life are behind her. The recipient of a coveted asylum-seeker visa, Syrian teacher Amena Abomosa is settling into a new life in France with her family. But now what?

  • Iran lobbied for Russian campaign in Syria , officials say 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:58 pm

    BAGHDAD - Iran played an integral role leading up to Russia's move to launch its air campaign in Syria and play a stronger role in Iraq, with one of Tehran's most powerful generals meeting for three hours with President Vladimir Putin to push for intervention, Iraqi government officials tell The Associated Press.

  • Carter: US not cooperating with Russia against Islamic State story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 2:18 pm

    ROME - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his strongest message to date, said Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition will not agree to cooperate with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and no collaboration is possible as long as Moscow continues to strike other targets.

  • The Latest: US aircraft rerouted over Syria, avoids Russians story has photos
    Updated: Oct-07-15 1:08 pm

    BEIRUT - The latest developments after Syrian troops, emboldened by Russian airstrikes, launch a ground offensive against insurgents (all times local).

  • Syrian rebels face a new reality amid Russian air campaign 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 5:32 pm

    BEIRUT - The U.S.-backed rebel group Tajammu Alezzah has been fighting the Syrian military outside the city of Hama for months, but a new player has joined the fray: Russian warplanes, which have repeatedly hit their front-line positions, followed by airstrikes from government planes.

  • Russian entry into Syria's air wars raises worries story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 2:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - Russia's entry into the crowded and sometimes uncoordinated air wars in Syria is making the U.S. increasingly nervous, reflecting concern at the Pentagon and in Europe about the risk of accidents or unintended conflict.

  • Turkey seeks EU backing for Syria no-fly, buffer zones 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:37 pm

    BRUSSELS - Turkey's president sought European backing on Monday for the creation of buffer and no-fly zones on the Syrian border, saying that such moves are key to ending the refugee crisis.

  • US officials question Russian flight incursion into Turkey 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 12:13 pm

    MADRID - The U.S. does not believe Russia's incursion into Turkey's airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident.

  • Syrian opposition says leader met UN chief on Russia strikes 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:45 am

    UNITED NATIONS - The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition opposition group said its leader met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and urged him to speak out against Russian airstrikes, as a U.N. gathering of world leaders neared its end Saturday.

  • Obama criticizes Russia on Syria, defends his own strategy story has video
    Updated: Oct-03-15 3:10 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is vehemently rejecting Russia's military actions in Syria as self-defeating and dismissing the idea that Moscow is strengthening its hand in the region. He vows not to let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia "proxy war."

  • Obama rejects Russian approach to ending Syrian war 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 4:34 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war.