Latest Syria News

Breakneck pace of crises keeps National Guard away from home

Aug. 01, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

SHADDADI, Syria (AP) — In the searing 108-degree heat, far from his Louisiana health care business, Army Col. Scott Desormeaux and his soldiers are on a dusty base near Syria’s northern border, helping Syrian rebel forces battle Islamic State militants and keeping an eye on Russian troops...

5 women, 14 children repatriated from Syria back to Albania

Aug. 01, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Five women and 14 children who were the families of Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq on Sunday returned to their homeland from Syria’s Al Hol camp. Flying from Lebanon they were accompanied by...

Albania repatriates 5 women, 14 children from Syria

Jul. 31, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania is repatriating five Albanian women and 14 children from Syria's troubled Al Hol camp who were related to Albanians who joined Islamist extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, the country's prime minister said Saturday. Albanian Prime...

Wildfire rages for 2nd day in Lebanon, spreads to Syria

Jul. 29, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

QOBAYAT, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese firefighters struggled for the second day on Thursday to contain wildfires in the country’s north that have spread across the border into Syria, civil defense officials in both countries said. The fires killed at least one person, a...

Fighting between Syrian forces, rebels escalates in south

Jul. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country’s southern province of Daraa escalated this week, with reports saying three civilians were killed there on Thursday, as well as eight government troops and five rebel fighters. ...

US sanctions hit Syria prisons, abusers including opposition

Jul. 28, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Biden administration announced Wednesday its first sanctions on Syria, targeting prison facilities and officials who run them, as well as armed groups, focusing on human rights abuses. The sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury are part of...

Germany charges Syrian doctor with crimes against humanity

Jul. 28, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian doctor has been charged in Germany with crimes against humanity for allegedly torturing people in military hospitals in his homeland and killing one of them, German federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe...

German woman indicted over her time with IS in Syria

Jul. 28, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group and whose husband bought a Yazidi woman as a slave has been charged with membership in a terror group and being an accessory to a crime against humanity, German prosecutors said Wednesday. ...

Russia marks Navy's 325th anniversary, Iranian ship joins in

Jul. 25, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia marked the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which included ships from the navies of Iran,...

2 Turkish soldiers killed in north Syria; 2 others wounded

Jul. 25, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Two Turkish soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack in northern Syria, Turkey’s defense ministry said Sunday. The ministry tweeted that a Turkish armored vehicle was attacked. The assault occurred Saturday in the so-called...