This Tuesday, July 9, 2013 citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian rebels running during heavy clashes with Syrian soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Salah al-Din neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria. Syria is entering its third year of a war that began as an uprising against the rule of President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A newspaper reports that U.S. officials say Israel targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles near Syria's principal port city in an air attack carried out earlier this month.
The New York Times reports that the U.S. officials say the attack on July 5 near Latakia targeted a type of Russian-made missile called the Yakhont. The officials tell the Times that Russia had sold the missiles to the Syrian government.
The officials are not providing details on the strike, including the extent of the damage and how many missiles were used. The Times reports that the officials decline to be identified because they are discussing intelligence reports.
Israel maintains it's not involved in Syria's 2-year-old civil war except to stop weapons transfers.
The Times posted the report on its website Saturday night.
BEIRUT (AP) -- Western-backed opposition fighters and a faction of al-Qaida-linked rebels have been battling each other in Syria's largest city. Activists say the two rebel factions turned their guns on each other Saturday as they fought for control of a key checkpoint in Aleppo.
Earlier this week, al-Qaida-linked militants seized the checkpoint and closed it for several days, cutting the flow of food supplies to the city and triggering the confrontation.
The rebel-on-rebel fighting underscores the opposition's inability to unite around a unified command more than two years into the campaign to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
Turkey redefines armed forces' duties
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's parliament has amended an armed forces regulation which once-powerful military leaders have held up in the past as justification for intervening in politics.
In a vote late Friday, legislators amended the regulation which defined the military's duty as watching over and protecting the Turkish republic, changing it to "defending the Turkish nation against external threats."
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government has already significantly curtailed the military's clout through reforms asserting civilian control and the amendment was seen as being largely symbolic.
The Turkish military, which long regarded itself as protector of the country's secular system, forced four governments out of power between 1960 and 1997.
The vote follows a spate of anti-government protests in June, which Erdogan has labeled a conspiracy against his democratically-elected government.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say a bomb has exploded at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 11 worshippers and wounding 35.
Police say the blast late Saturday struck near the gate of the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood. A hospital official confirmed the casualty toll.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information to journalists.
The bombing is the latest in a string of attacks that have rocked Iraq since the holy month of Ramadan began earlier in the week. They are part of a months-long spike in violence that has claimed more than 2,600 lives since the start of April.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Authorities in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk have ordered all cafes to be shut down a day after a suicide attack killed 39 people when a bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded coffee shop.
Police chief Maj. Gen. Jamal Tahir said on Saturday that his troops cannot secure dozens of teahouses and coffee shops scattered across the city. Kirkuk is 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.
Tahir says he has not yet decided when the coffee shops will be able to open again.
Iraq is being rocked by its deadliest and most sustained wave of bloodshed in half a decade.
More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April, raising fears that the country is once again edging toward the brink of civil war.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected American drone has killed two alleged militants in the country's northwest.
The two officials said the militants were riding on a motorcycle Saturday when two missiles hit them.
The incident happened in the village of Musaki outside of Mir Ali, one of the main towns in North Waziristan province.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
It was the second strike in Pakistan this month. An earlier attack killed 16 suspected militants in North Waziristan.
U.S. drone strikes have become a serious source of tension between Washington and Islamabad. The Pakistani government regularly denounces the strikes as a violation of the country's sovereignty.
BRETIGNY-SUR-ORGE, France (AP) -- An official says a faulty rail joint may have caused a train derailment outside Paris that left six people dead.
Pierre Izard, an official with the SNCF rail company, told reporters Saturday that investigators found that the joint had moved from its normal position.
Officials said that another train had traveled through the station just before the accident without incident. An investigation will determine why the rail joint, which is part of the switching system that moves trains from one track to another, detached.
A packed train traveling south from Paris derailed Friday night during the busy holiday weekend before Sunday's Bastille Day celebrations.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Police say a cow fell through the roof of a small house in southeastern Brazil killing a man and narrowly missing his wife.
A police officer in the town of Caratinga says Joao Maria de Souza and his wife were sleeping when the one-ton cow fell through the asbestos roof and on top of the victim. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
The officer said Souza died of internal bleeding at a nearby hospital. The incident occurred on Wednesday.
He said the cow apparently was grazing on a small hill above Souza's home.
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