Latest Syria government News

Dutch court: Syrian brothers guilty of Jabhat al-Nusra roles

Sep. 20, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court on Monday convicted two Syrian brothers of holding senior roles in the Jabhat al-Nusra extremist group in their home country between 2011 and 2014, the first time Dutch judges have convicted a suspect of leadership in a Syrian extremist...

Syrian, Jordanian defense officials discuss border security

Sep. 20, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

AMMAN (AP) — Syria’s defense minister met on Sunday with Jordan's army chief in Amman, the Jordanian capital, after Syrian troops captured several rebel-held areas near Jordan’s border, state media reported. The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan’s...

Russia's Putin slams presence of foreign troops in Syria

Sep. 14, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the presence of foreign troops in Syria, saying they are there against the will of the Syrian government and are blocking the consolidation of the war-torn country, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Putin was...

Syria city back to a kind of normalcy after cease-fire

Sep. 12, 2021 12:41 PM EDT

DARAA, Syria (AP) — The badly damaged old section of the southern Syrian city of Daraa, which until recently was held by opposition gunmen, appeared to slowly return to some sense of normalcy Sunday. The capture of Daraa al-Balad marked another victory for President...

Turkey: Attack on troops in Syria kills 2 soldiers, wounds 3

Sep. 11, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — An attack on Turkish troops in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province Saturday left two soldiers dead and three others wounded, Turkish officials said. The assault happened following a search and screening operation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the...

Syria troops enter rebel-held district as part of truce

Sep. 08, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces Wednesday entered the rebel-held district of a volatile southern city as part of a truce negotiated by Russia to end weeks of fighting, according to state media, the opposition and a war monitor. The troops are to set up checkpoints and...

Amnesty: Syria refugees suffered abuse, torture upon return

Sep. 08, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A number of Syrian refugees who returned home have been subjected to detention, disappearance and torture at the hands of Syrian security forces, proving that it still isn't safe to return to any part of the country, Amnesty International said Tuesday. In...

Syria says it has shot down Israeli missiles near capital

Sep. 03, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria says it shot down Israeli missiles as they approached the capital Damascus on Friday, saying it had countered an “aggression” from its longtime adversary with its own air defenses. State news agency SANA said Syria shot down most of the...

Russian-brokered cease-fire takes hold in southern Syria

Sep. 01, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian-negotiated cease-fire took effect Wednesday in a volatile southern city, according to the Syrian opposition and state media. Violence in the area in recent weeks between government forces and opposition fighters had threatened to undo years of...

Fighting in southern Syria city kills 4 soldiers, 1 civilian

Aug. 30, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held parts of a volatile southern city Monday killing at least one person, while insurgents killed four soldiers after Russia-brokered talks to end the presence of opposition fighters in the area collapsed. Syria’s...