Syrian civil war

FILE-- In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, surface-to-surface missiles and a portrait of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are displayed by the Revolutionary Guard in an exhibition marking the anniversary of outset of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran. On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move against a national armed force. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went from being a domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational fighting force. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
April 08, 2019 - 3:13 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of...
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FILE-- In this Sept. 24, 2017 file photo, surface-to-surface missiles and a portrait of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are displayed by the Revolutionary Guard in an exhibition marking the anniversary of outset of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran. On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Trump administration designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “foreign terrorist organization” in an unprecedented move against a national armed force. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps went from being a domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational fighting force. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
April 08, 2019 - 1:43 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of...
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In This Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 photo, Mohammad Bakhsh, an ethnic Hazara bicycle repairman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Herat, Afghanistan. Iran paid, trained and armed thousands of Afghan Shiites to fight in Syria to defend its ally, President Bashar Assad. Most were impoverished members of the minority Hazara community unable to find jobs. Returning home as Syria’s war winds down, they face suspicion and fear. "We don't like that they go but at least in Syria they earn money," he said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 31, 2019 - 6:51 am
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Where he ended up was entirely different: On the battlefields of Syria's civil war, in a militia created by Iran. Mehdi was one of tens of...
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In This Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, photo, Afghans return to Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border with Iran, in the western Herat Province. Security officials worry that Iranian-backed Afghan veterans of the war in Syria will one day become a secret army for Tehran in Afghanistan itself, particularly after a U.S. withdrawal. Iran paid, trained and armed thousands of Afghan Shiites to fight in Syria to defend its ally, President Bashar Assad. Returning home as Syria’s war winds down, they face suspicion and fear. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
March 31, 2019 - 6:46 am
HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. He never made it there. Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria's civil war, a conflict...
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FILE - In this file photo released on April 25, 2015, by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, young boys known as the "caliphate cubs" hold their rifles as they parade after graduating from a religious school, in Tal Afar, near Mosul city, north Iraq. The Arabic words, center, read: "A parade of caliphate cubs after their graduation from a religious school." (Militant website via AP, File)
March 23, 2019 - 4:05 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate." Its territorial rule, which at its height in 2014 stretched across...
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Zaed Mustafa, in wheelchair, brother of Hamza and son of Khalid Mustafa killed in the Friday, March 15 mosque shootings reacts during their burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 20, 2019 - 10:54 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and...
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In this Sunday, March 17, 2019, photo, the Islamic State group's last pocket of territory in Baghouz, Syria, as seen from a distance. On Tuesday, a spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting IS in Syria says his fighters are in control of an encampment in the village of Baghouz where IS militants have been besieged for months. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
March 20, 2019 - 10:27 am
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces are conducting search operations in tunnels a day after seizing an encampment where Islamic State militants had been making their last stand in Syria. Ciyager Amed, an official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, says they are searching for...
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A worker carries a coffin away from the grave site of a victim in the Friday, March 15, mosque shootings for burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 20, 2019 - 9:49 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and...
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A worker carries a coffin away from the grave site of a victim in the Friday, March 15, mosque shootings for burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 20, 2019 - 8:41 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and...
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Zaed Mustafa, in wheelchair, brother of Hamza and son of Khalid Mustafa killed in the Friday March 15 mosque shootings reacts during the burial at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 20, 2019 - 2:21 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and...
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