• Syria president says victory in Aleppo won’t end the war

    In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, a Syrian girl walks amid the wreckage of damaged buildings and shops in the western city of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government and rebel sides. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad at least, there is comfort in the growing sense of imminent victory in the city. A rebel defeat in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center, is likely to reverberate across the war-torn country, where opposition forces continue to hold out in smaller, more disconnected areas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said the Syrian army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and fighters reported no let-up in the bombing and shelling campaign on the opposition’s ever-shrinking enclave.

    Updated: 5:21 pm

  • The Latest: Turkish, Russian leaders discuss Aleppo truce

    This Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 photo, released by the International Committee for the Red Cross, shows members of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent laying a patient on stretcher after taking him out of a medical facility in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. The ICRC said it evacuated 148 disabled or civilians in need of urgent care from the facility, now under Syrian government control. ICRC said in a statement Thursday the evacuation was possible after fighting calmed down in the area. (Syrian Arab Red Crescent/Noor Hazouri via AP)

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

    Updated: 5:28 pm

  • Obama defending terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

    President Barack Obama waves before speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, about the administration's approach to counterterrorism campaign. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Closing out two terms as a president at war, Barack Obama staunchly defended his counterterrorism strategy as one that rejected torture, held to American values and avoided large-scale troop deployments, in an implicit effort to shape the strategy his successor might employ.

  • 2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria’s Aleppo

    Smoke rises following a Syrian government air strike on rebel positions, in eastern Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swaths of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive that began last week. The fighting was most intense Monday near the dividing line between east and west Aleppo as government and allied troops push their way from the eastern flank, reaching within less than a kilometer, about half a mile, from the citadel that anchors the center of the city. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said.

  • ‘We have lost everything’: Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

    In this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 photo, Amina Hamawy cries after she returned to her looted home in the Hanano district of eastern Aleppo, Syria. It's a painful homecoming shared by hundreds of Syrians who are returning to areas devastated by years of war and then retaken from the city's embattled rebels in a recent government offensive. More than 30,000 people have fled Aleppo since the latest government offensive began last month, joining the more than 10 million Syrians -- nearly half the population -- who have fled their homes since the conflict began. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. “Where am I? What happened?” she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. “We have lost everything.”

  • Syrian army tells rebels in eastern Aleppo: leave or die

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syria’s army says it is offering rebel fighters in besieged eastern Aleppo an opportunity to leave the city with their lives.

  • No more room for the dead as Syria’s Aleppo is crushed

    This frame grab from video provided on Oct. 17, 2016, by the Aleppo News Network, shows men standing in an graveyard during a burial ceremony in eastern Aleppo city, in Syria. The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago, the new one filled up this week, and now the dead are left in the besieged enclave's streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues. Dignity in death has been lost as the rebel-held enclave of eastern Aleppo that held out for four years collapses. (Aleppo News Network via AP)

    BEIRUT (AP) — The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave’s streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues.

  • Syrian and allied troops advance in besieged Aleppo

    A rainbow appears after a heavy rain over the Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.

  • Turkey and Russia want cease-fire in Syria: Turkish official

    This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Civil Defense workers carrying a victim on a stretcher after artillery fire struck the Jub al-Quba district in Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Syrian activists say at least 21 people have been killed in an artillery barrage on a housing area for those displaced in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday his country and Russia want a cease-fire in Syria, where the two nations support opposing camps in the conflict.