Latest Damascus News

Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

The Latest: 8 die as Israeli planes hit Gaza

Nov. 12, 2019 3:52 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes on Tuesday (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Israel has targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it steps up its battle against Iran and its proxies across...

Israel targets Islamic Jihad leader, sending message to Iran

Nov. 12, 2019 3:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday targeted two senior commanders from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, killing one in the Gaza Strip and missing the second in Syria as it stepped up its battle against Iran and its proxies across the region. The death of Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife as they...

Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate

Nov. 12, 2019 1:13 AM EST
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run news agency says Israeli airstrike hit Damascus home of Islamic Jihad commander; no word on his fate.

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

Albanian boy freed from IS camp on way home to Italy

Nov. 7, 2019 12:36 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An Albanian boy who was taken to Syria by his mother when she joined the Islamic State group has been freed from a crowded detention camp in northeastern Syria and is on track to return home to Italy with his father, Red Cross and Red Crescent officials said Thursday. The story of 11-year-old...

Team to report on perpetrators of Syrian chemical attacks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The investigation team in charge of identifying perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria will produce its first report "in the next few months," the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Tuesday. Fernando Arias gave the update to reporters...

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain near Syrian border

Nov. 5, 2019 10:38 AM EST

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Tuesday for Russia and the United States to keep to their promises and ensure that Syrian Kurdish fighters pull out of a so-called safe zone along Syria's northern border with Turkey. In his weekly speech to ruling party legislators,...

Syrian refugee turns to food to rebuild his life in US

Nov. 2, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When he came to the United States as a refugee from Syria during that country's bloody civil war, there was a lot Diaa Alhanoun didn't know, starting with English. There was one thing he was fairly certain of, though — whatever else the future held in store for him and his family, he...

US filmmaker Oliver Stone praises Putin for role in Syria

Oct. 30, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — American filmmaker Oliver Stone on Wednesday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "stabilizing force" in the Middle East, particularly in Syria as Moscow fills a void left by U.S. forces pulling out and leaving behind their Kurdish allies. Stone, the 73-year-old...