Latest Civil wars News

Lebanon's 'lung' to Gulf markets choked by politics

Nov. 13, 2018 11:24 AM EST

AL-MASNAA, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese exporters rejoiced last month when the Syrian government opened a key land crossing with Jordan that had been closed by years of war, restoring a much-needed overland trade route to lucrative Persian Gulf markets. But lingering disputes between Lebanon and Syria, and...

Lebanon to form body to probe civil war disappearances

Nov. 12, 2018 3:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's parliament on Monday approved the formation of an independent commission to help determine the fate of thousands of people who went missing during the country's civil war, which ended nearly three decades ago. The long-awaited law would empower an independent national commission to...

Syrian president approves changes to property law

Nov. 12, 2018 10:09 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has approved amendments to a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the civil war. The amendments, published by state news agency SANA late Sunday, say residents now have a full year instead of one month to...

The Latest: Syria amends property law after criticism

Nov. 12, 2018 7:18 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Syrian President Bashar Assad has issued a decree amending a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the civil war. The amendment, published by state news agency SANA late...

Rebel minister who fled Yemen hit by shoe at news conference

Nov. 11, 2018 6:52 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A minister who served in Yemen's rebel government before defecting to Saudi Arabia was struck by a shoe hurled by a Yemeni journalist at a news conference in Riyadh. Abdul-Salam Ali Gaber, who served as information minister, is the most senior member of the Houthi administration to defect...

Ex-IS captive says son died in her lap from militant fire

Nov. 10, 2018 12:14 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate them more than 100 days after they were kidnapped. Najwa Abu Ammar, 35, was kidnapped with her two sons and...

Civilian death toll in Yemen mounting despite US assurances

Nov. 10, 2018 5:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen are on a pace to kill more civilians than last year, according to a database tracking violence in the country, despite the United States' repeated claims that the coalition is taking precautions to prevent such bloodshed. The database gives an...

Ex-IS captive recalls captivity, seeing her son killed

Nov. 9, 2018 3:10 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian woman liberated from captivity said Friday that Islamic State militants held her and more than two other dozen women and children in different hideouts for nearly three months, once keeping them captive in a moving car for over twelve hours without knowing where they were...

Syria says military freed 19 hostages held by IS since July

Nov. 8, 2018 12:42 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a months-long crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze religious minority, state media reported Thursday. An opposition war...

Yemeni rebels say they halted Saudi-led forces at port city

Nov. 6, 2018 12:06 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's rebels claim they halted advances of their adversaries, the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led Arab coalition, at a key battlefield around a strategic Red Sea port city. Fighting continued around Hodeida on Tuesday despite the statement from the Shiite rebels, also known as Houthis, that a...