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Stories with subject: Civil wars
  • US begins armed drone flights from Turkey 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 3:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government.

  • Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 9:06 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria.

  • After 3 years, Jordan refugee camp for Syrians now a city 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 7:49 am

    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Only empty desert three years ago, the Mideast's largest camp for Syrian civil war refugees has grown from a town of tents into a bustling city.

  • Youngest refugees bear brunt of Syrian war woes 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 5:09 am

    MAFRAQ, Jordan - Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown.

  • UN says too soon for new Syrian peace conference 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 8:14 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. point man on Syria said Wednesday it's too soon for another peace conference in Geneva and invited Syrians to hold intensive preparatory talks on key issues including a political transition and fighting terrorism.

  • Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 4:31 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds.

  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 3:35 pm

    TRIPOLI, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi's son and onetime heir apparent was convicted and sentenced to death on Tuesday by a court in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on charges of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 uprising.

  • AP News Guide: Turkish-US deal may have far-reaching effects 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 11:46 am

    BEIRUT - In a major policy shift, Turkey has agreed to allow the United States to use a key base to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State group and agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the extremists from a stretch of Syrian territory along the Turkish border.

  • Turkish troops target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:34 am

    BEIRUT - Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State group with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, Syria's main Kurdish militia and an activist group said Monday.

  • Q&A: Kurds fight Islamic State and endure attacks story has photos
    Updated: Jul-25-15 6:28 pm

    BAGHDAD - Turkish jets struck camps belonging to Kurdish militants in northern Iraq Friday and Saturday in what were the first strikes since a peace deal was announced in 2013.

  • In shift, Turkish jets strike Islamic State targets in Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 2:52 pm

    ANKARA, Turkey - In a major tactical shift, Turkish warplanes struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria on Friday, a day after IS militants fired at a Turkish military outpost. A Syrian rights group said the airstrikes killed nine IS fighters.

  • Syria opposition groups agree on 'roadmap' to end civil war story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:38 am

    BRUSSELS - Syria's two main political opposition groups, long at odds, announced Friday that they have agreed on a "roadmap" to end their country's long-running civil war, starting with establishment of a transitional governing body.

  • Turkey allows US to use key air base to strike Islamic State story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 12:04 am

    WASHINGTON - Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict.

  • Bombing shows Turkey a vulnerable target for Islamic State 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 2:09 pm

    ISTANBUL - Officials have raised concerns that a deadly bombing in southeastern Turkey is part of a campaign of retaliation by the Islamic State group for a recent crackdown on its operations in the country.

  • Israeli-Canadian woman fought IS to stop 'genocide' 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 1:24 pm

    JERUSALEM - A Canadian-born Israeli woman who joined a Kurdish militia to fight against the Islamic State group said that after a stint in prison, she felt compelled to do something positive with her life and battle against the "genocide" unfolding in Syria and Iraq.

  • In Arab world, worries that deal will boost Iran's power story has photos
    Updated: Jul-15-15 6:03 am

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The nuclear deal with Iran was met with a profound wariness in the Arab world, where concerns are widespread that the easing of its international isolation could tip the already bloody contest for power in the region toward Shiite-led Tehran.

  • South Sudan hopes IOC recognition will unite newest nation 
    Updated: Jul-15-15 4:35 am

    JUBA, South Sudan - Torn by civil war and facing a humanitarian crisis, South Sudan is finding hope on the sporting front: The world's newest nation is in line for international recognition that would allow it to send a team to next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • More than 4 million refugees have now fled Syria, UN says story has photos
    Updated: Jul-09-15 10:25 am

    ISTANBUL - More than 4 million Syrians have fled abroad since the 2011 outbreak of civil war, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 years, the United Nations said Thursday.