Latest Damascus News

Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday. He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a...

Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects

Feb. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured. The Tuesday...

Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties

Feb. 11, 2019 1:51 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties. SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post. Last month, the Israeli...

Aid convoy headed to isolated Syrian camp near Jordan

Feb. 6, 2019 9:46 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are dispatching more than 100 trucks of humanitarian aid from Damascus to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan. The convoy is described in a statement Wednesday by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as the largest to reach more...

Legislator blasts verdict blaming Syria for journalist death

Feb. 1, 2019 11:57 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A U.S. court verdict that blamed the Syrian government for the killing of an American journalist was based on "fortune telling" rather than an investigation in accordance with the law, a senior Syrian legislator said Friday. Syria's deputy Parliament Speaker Najdat Anzour reiterated...

AP Interview: Syrian Kurds say US seeking deal with Turkey

Jan. 29, 2019 2:33 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States is seeking to broker an agreement between Syrian Kurdish forces and Turkey to prevent them from going to war in northeastern Syria once American forces withdraw, a senior Kurdish official said. Ilham Ahmed, the co-chair of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Council, said in...

Syria air defenses target suspected drones over Russia base

Jan. 27, 2019 11:41 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria state media said Sunday the country's air defense systems intercepted and destroyed three "hostile" targets over a Russian air base in the country's coastal region. There were no more details about the suspected attack or who was behind it, but it comes amid rising violations...

Syria wants Turkish withdrawal to revive security agreement

Jan. 26, 2019 11:05 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria called on Turkey on Saturday to withdraw its troops from Syria's northern territories and end support for armed opposition groups in order to revive a two-decade-old bilateral security agreement. Russia has encouraged Turkey and Syria to refer to the 1998 treaty to deal with...

Report: US-backed Syrian fighters clash with IS, many killed

Jan. 24, 2019 2:38 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group failed Thursday to break a siege imposed by U.S.-backed fighters in the last area they control in Syria, leading to fierce fighting that inflicted casualties on both sides, Syrian opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...

Fire kills 7 siblings in Syrian capital Damascus

Jan. 23, 2019 9:50 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Seven siblings were asleep in their apartment in the Syrian capital when a fire broke out and spread quickly, suffocating six in their bedroom and burning to death the seventh, a girl, who was stuck under a false ceiling that collapsed as she tried to flee, first responders said. It...