In Ruins, Syria Marks 50 Years of Assad Family Rule

BEIRUT — On Nov. 13, 1970, a young air force officer from the coastal hills of Syria launched a bloodless coup. It was the latest in a succession of military takeovers since independence from France in 1946, and there was no reason to think it would be the las...
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2 Americans Imprisoned in Iran, Lebanon Released

WASHINGTON — An American jailed for months in Lebanon was released from custody Thursday, while a Navy veteran was granted medical furlough from an Iran prison as the country struggles to curb the spread of cor...
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Syrian, Turkish Armies Engage in New Deadly Clashes in Idlib

ANKARA, Turkey — Two more Turkish soldiers were killed Wednesday in a Syrian government attack in Syria's northwest, the country's Defense Ministry said, as steady clashes between the two national armies continued to rack up casualties. “We expect to reach ...
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UN Says 140,000 Displaced in 3 Days Amid Syrian Offensive

BEIRUT — Over 140,000 Syrians have been displaced in the last three days alone by violence in the country's northwest, bringing the total of those uprooted in a Syrian government offensive against the last opposition stronghold to over 800,000, the United Nati...