Civil wars

Kurdish women flash victory signs and shout slogans as they protest against possible Turkish military operation on their areas, at the Syrian-Turkish border, in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault. (AP Photo)
October 10, 2019 - 4:50 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's most powerful Kurdish group is grappling for friends after its ally, the United States, abandoned it to an invasion by Turkey, whose warplanes, tanks and artillery are raining shells onto its stronghold in the north of the country. The Kurdish fighters have few options. They...
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People help a wounded boy as they take cover after mortars fired from Syria, in Akcakale, Turkey, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. An Associated Press journalist said at least two government buildings were hit by the mortars in Sanliurfa province's border town of Akcakale and at least two people were wounded. (Ismail Coskun/HA via AP )
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October 10, 2019 - 3:40 pm
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey pressed its assault against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Thursday for a second day, pounding the region with airstrikes and an artillery bombardment that raised columns of black smoke in a border town and sent panicked civilians scrambling to get...
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Syrians flee shelling by Turkish forces in Ras al Ayn, northeast Syria, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday the start of a Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria. (AP Photo/Baderkhan Ahmad)
October 10, 2019 - 12:56 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians are fleeing by the tens of thousands yet again, a recurring nightmare of hastily packed bags, traffic-clogged highways and an uncertain fate. Families who just a few years ago fled from an Islamic State onslaught are now running from a Turkish offensive against the same...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 09, 2019 - 11:15 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on Turkish offensive in Syria (all times local): 6 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he's worried Turkey's campaign in Syria will lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State group. He told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday that he was "deeply...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from a fire inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Turkey launched a military operation Wednesday against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria after U.S. forces pulled back from the area, with a series of airstrikes hitting a town on Syria's northern border.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 09, 2019 - 9:34 pm
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey launched airstrikes, fired artillery and began a ground offensive against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria on Wednesday after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, paving the way for an assault on forces that have long been allied with the United States. Turkish...
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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, a flag of Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, flies on a building in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Turkey's vice president says his country won't bow to threats in an apparent response to U.S. President Donald Trump's warning to Ankara about the scope of its planned military incursion into Syria aiming to create a zone that would allow Turkey to resettle Syrian refugees there. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
October 08, 2019 - 8:14 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey will not bow to threats over its Syria plans, the Turkish vice president said Tuesday in an apparent response to President Donald Trump's warning to Ankara the previous day about the scope of its planned military incursion into northeastern Syria. Trump said earlier this week...
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President Donald Trump speaks after a signing ceremony for a trade agreement with Japan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 08, 2019 - 3:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from northern Syria (all times local): 8:50 p.m. President Donald Trump is casting his decision to abandon Kurdish fighters in Syria as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from "endless war" in the Middle...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena smiles during an interview with the Associated Press at his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sirisena has opted not to seek a second term, as officials began accepting nominations Monday for next month’s election. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
October 07, 2019 - 9:02 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to seek reelection next month after failing to fulfill many of the promises of his first term. A record 35 candidates filed nominations Monday for the Nov. 16 election, with former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2018 file photo, a U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council soldier passes a U.S. position near the tense front line with Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria. Syria’s Kurds have been America’s partner in fighting the Islamic State group for nearly four years. Now they are furious over an abrupt U.S. troop pull-back that exposes them to a threatened attack by their nemesis, Turkey. The surprise U.S. pull-back from positions near the Turkish border, which began Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, stung even more because the Kurds have been abandoned before by the U.S. and other international allies on whose support they'd pinned their aspirations. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
October 07, 2019 - 2:07 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — For Syria's Kurds, the United States' abrupt pull-back from positions in northeast Syria carries a sharp sting, reviving the community's memories over being abandoned in the past by the Americans and other international allies on whose support they had pinned their aspirations. The...
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FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 file photo, women and girls walk back after getting food in Bentiu, a 38 kilometers (24 miles) journey using a path through the bush, for fear of being attacked on the main road, near Nhialdu in South Sudan. South Sudan's government is failing to provide justice for victims of atrocities committed during the country's five-year civil war, Amnesty International said in a new report Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)
October 07, 2019 - 5:49 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government is failing to provide justice for victims of atrocities committed during the country's five-year civil war, Amnesty International asserted in a new report Monday. A lack of political will to hold warring parties accountable for crimes including rape...
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