Latest Syria News

The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish fighters withdrawing

Oct. 21, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Turkey's military says it is closely observing the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria and says it has recorded at least 125 vehicles, carrying the fighters, leaving the area. In a statement on...

US Defense Secretary says troops to stay near Syria's eastern oilfields during US pullout which will take weeks

Oct. 21, 2019 6:34 AM EDT
KABUL (AP) — US Defense Secretary says troops to stay near Syria's eastern oilfields during US pullout which will take weeks.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates scope of cease-fire deal

Oct. 21, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Residents of a Kurdish-dominated city in northeastern Syria pelt US troops with potatoes as they drive through.

Oct. 21, 2019 6:03 AM EDT
BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of a Kurdish-dominated city in northeastern Syria pelt US troops with potatoes as they drive through.

US troops in Syria heading to Iraq, not home as Trump claims

Oct. 21, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — While President Donald Trump insists he's bringing home Americans from "endless wars" in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren't...

Turkey warns Kurdish forces to withdraw, ahead of deadline

Oct. 21, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister has renewed warnings that his country will resume its military offensive in northeast Syria if Kurdish fighters don't vacate the region before the end of a U.S.-brokered cease-fire Tuesday evening. Speaking in Istanbul Monday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "If they don't...

The Latest: Kurdish fighters pull out of Syrian border town

Oct. 20, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 6:10 p.m. A spokesman for the main Kurdish-led group in Syria says their fighters have evacuated the northern town of Ras al-Ayn, saying they have no armed presence there anymore. Kino Gabriel of the Syrian...

Kurds evacuate Syrian town in 1st pullout of cease-fire

Oct. 20, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Dozens of vehicles rolled out of a besieged Syrian border town, evacuating Kurdish fighters and civilians and opening the way for Turkish-backed forces to take over in the first pullback under a three-day-old U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Kurdish officials say the evacuation of the town...

Pelosi in Jordan for 'vital discussions' amid Syria crisis

Oct. 20, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of American lawmakers on a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria amid a shaky U.S.-brokered cease-fire. The visit came after bipartisan criticism in Washington has slammed President Donald Trump for his decision to...

The Latest: Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border

Oct. 20, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged...