Latest Syria News

Syria's Assad: OPCW faked a report on attack near Damascus

Dec. 9, 2019 4:26 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview aired Monday that the global chemical weapons watchdog has faked and falsified a report over an attack near the capital Damascus last year "just because the Americans wanted them to do so." Assad's comments to Italy's Rai News 24 came after...

Syrian president's uncle faces Paris money laundering trial

Dec. 9, 2019 2:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The trial of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s uncle, who is accused of illegally using Syrian state funds to build a French real estate empire, opened Monday in Paris. The trial opened five years after Transparency International and French anti-corruption group Sherpa filed a complaint...

Kosovo files IS terror charges against man, wife and mother

Dec. 9, 2019 10:39 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors filed terrorism charges Monday against three ethnic Albanians who returned to the small European country in May after allegedly joining the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors said the three are a man, his wife and his mother. They alleged the man fought...

Turkey deports 11 French suspected IS members

Dec. 9, 2019 8:06 AM EST

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkey has deported 11 French nationals who are suspected of being members of the Islamic State group, the Interior Ministry said Monday. A brief ministry statement said 11 "foreign terrorist fighters" were returned to their home country. It didn't provide details or identify the...

Cheney warns disengagement in Mideast benefits Iran, Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 7:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned Monday that “American disengagement” in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region. While stressing that he's no longer...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

Dec. 7, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National...

Airstrikes in northwest Syria kill at least 18 people

Dec. 7, 2019 1:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes on areas in the last major rebel stronghold in northwest Syria on Saturday killed at least 18 people, including women and children, and wounded others as a three-month truce crumbles, opposition activists said. The airstrikes on Idlib province have intensified over the past few...

US envoy: US has `other tools' if Iran's bad actions go on

Dec. 6, 2019 3:23 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft warned Iran on Friday that the Trump administration will keep up its maximum pressure campaign and use “other tools” if Tehran continues its “malicious behavior.” Craft also told her first press conference since arriving at the...

US considers sending several thousand more troops to Mideast

Dec. 5, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region. John Rood, defense undersecretary for...