Latest Syrian civil war News

Suspected IS militants kill 7 Syrians at Ramadan iftar meal

Apr. 28, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants attacked a Ramadan gathering hosted by a former official of a U.S.-backed group in eastern Syria, killing seven people and wounding four, opposition activists said Thursday. The Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for the...

Syrian fighters ready to join next phase of Ukraine war

Apr. 18, 2022 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — During a visit to Syria in 2017, Vladimir Putin lavished praise on a Syrian general whose division played an instrumental role in defeating insurgents in the country’s long-running civil war. The Russian president told him his cooperation with Russian troops “will lead to great...

Chemical weapons use from Syrian war stokes Ukraine's fears

Apr. 13, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The chilling scenes from Syria of victims twitching and gasping for air after chlorine cylinders were dropped from helicopters in towns and villages were broadcast over and over in the course of country's civil war. Legal and moral taboos were shattered. Hundreds were...

IS supporter given life sentence for murdering UK lawmaker

Apr. 13, 2022 09:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An Islamic State supporter was given a whole-life sentence Wednesday for stabbing a British lawmaker to death in revenge for his voting in support for airstrikes on Syria. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, was convicted Monday of murdering Conservative lawmaker David Amess and...

Suspect tells court he killed UK lawmaker over Syria vote

Apr. 07, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a British lawmaker to death during a regular meeting with his constituents told a court Thursday he targeted the politician because he voted for air strikes on Syria. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, is accused of murdering veteran Conservative lawmaker...

Shelling of rebel village in northern Syria kills 4 students

Apr. 04, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

MAARET AL-NAASAN, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces on Monday shelled a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria, the country’s last major opposition stronghold, killing four students on their way to school, opposition activists said. The shelling targeted the village of...

Syria's Assad visits UAE, 1st trip to Arab country since war

Mar. 18, 2022 21:12 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad was in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, his office said, marking his first visit to an Arab country since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011. In a statement posted on its social media pages, the office says that Assad met...

Generals say Afghanistan, Somalia pullouts hurt terror fight

Mar. 15, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The complete U.S. military withdrawals from Afghanistan and Somalia last year have made it more difficult for the United States to counter terror groups that aspire to attack America and its allies, senior commanders told Congress on Tuesday. And they said Russia...

EXPLAINER: Will Russia bring Syrian fighters to Ukraine?

Mar. 11, 2022 14:15 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — With Russia's war on Ukraine now in its third week, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday approved bringing in volunteer fighters from the Middle East, particularly Syria. Syria clearly has a rich pool of fighters to draw from. Russia's military is deeply...

EXPLAINER: Humanitarian corridors, from Syria to Ukraine

Mar. 08, 2022 00:10 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As more Ukrainian towns and cities come under siege, concern is mounting for millions of civilians in the crossfire. Russia has announced the establishment of safe corridors to allow civilians to leave, but there appeared to be few takers. Evacuation routes led mostly...