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Warplanes strike Syrian opposition-held southwest: monitor

BEIRUT Warplanes struck an opposition-held area in Syria's southwestern Deraa province on Tuesday, a war monitor and local activists reported, a military escalation in territory where government forces are threatening a major offensive.

Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. denies

BEIRUT Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible.

Iraq condemns strikes targeting forces fighting Islamic State

CAIRO Iraq on Tuesday condemned air strikes targeting forces fighting Islamic State in Iraq or Syria after Syrian state media said that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries.

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij

ANKARA Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey's military said on Monday.

World, Jun 18 2018

U.N. special envoy Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Iraq

DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq The world is failing to properly invest in the Syrian refugee crisis and families, women, and children are suffering terribly as a result, U.N. refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie said on Sunday. | Video

World, Jun 18 2018

Syrian army bombards rebels in flashpoint southwest region

BEIRUT The Syrian army and its allies bombarded rebels in the southwestern Deraa region on Friday, killing at least six people, a war monitor said, in a region widely seen as a potential flashpoint for further escalation in the conflict.

World, Jun 15 2018

U.S. to take 'firm, appropriate measures' against Syria violations

The United States will "take firm and appropriate measures" in response to Syrian government violations in a designated de-escalation zone in the country's southwest, the State Department said on Thursday.

World, Jun 15 2018

International community 'dismayed' at Lebanese allegations on Syrian refugees

BEIRUT The international community is "dismayed by repeated false accusations" that it is working to settle Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Germany's ambassador in Beirut said on Thursday.

Human Rights Watch: Turkey-backed forces seizing property in Syria's Afrin

BEIRUT Turkey-backed rebels in northwest Syria's Afrin have seized, looted and destroyed Kurdish civilians' property after taking control of the region in March, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Turkey, Jun 14 2018

U.N. sees movement in Syria talks, U.S. weighing in

GENEVA U.S. officials will join talks in Geneva this month on forming a Syrian constitutional committee, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Thursday, signalling movement in a process that had appeared at risk of stalling.

World, Jun 14 2018

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits Mosul

Angelina Jolie met with displaced families during a visit to the city of Mosul, in Iraq and spoke of the devastation she witnessed on her tour of the city. Rough cut (no reporter narration).