Latest Damascus News

Syria's Aleppo symbol of Assad's wins and of enduring war

Aug. 13, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Members of the al-Ali family were walking home from shopping when several shells slammed into the busy street on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The blast tore through them, killing 2-year-old Salam and one of her cousins, and incinerated a car nearby with a woman and...

Syrian troops capture key village in rebel-held Idlib

Aug. 11, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured an important village in the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday, drawing close to a major town in the last rebel stronghold in the country, state media and opposition activists said. The capture of Habeet opens up an approach to southern regions of...

Activists say pro-Syrian government journalist released

Aug. 10, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian pro-government journalist has been released nearly eight months after he was detained by security agents and held incommunicado, activists and family members said Saturday. The brother of Wissam al-Teer thanked Syria's President Bashar Assad for the release in a Facebook post, in an...

Turkey says deal with US for safe zone in Syria a good start

Aug. 8, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Thursday the deal it has reached with Washington to set up a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria is a good start but warned against delays in implementation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after the U.S. and Turkey announced they...

Report: Blast at Syrian air base kills 26 soldiers

Aug. 4, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian pro-government newspaper is reporting 26 soldiers, including seven officers, have been killed in an explosion blamed on a technical error in central Syria. Al-Watan quoted a military official as describing Saturday's explosion at the Shayrat air base in the Homs province as...

Western sanctions push war-weary Syrians deeper into poverty

Aug. 2, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Mohammed Haji Abed drives his yellow taxi through the busy streets of the Syrian capital for about 12 hours a day, toiling in the sweltering summer heat but earning barely enough for his family of five to get by. It was easier for him to make ends meet at the height of his country's...

Syrian state media report Israeli strike on country's south

Jul. 23, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state media is reporting an Israeli attack on the country's southern province of Daraa, saying it did not inflict any casualties. State news agency SANA and state TV added that the "Israeli aggression" struck al-Harra hill that is home to Syrian army posts adding that it only...

Pope urges concrete measures to protect Syrian civilians

Jul. 22, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians in Idlib province. The Vatican said Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Francis' top advisers, hand-delivered the...

UN envoy speaks of 'solid progress' after meetings in Syria

Jul. 10, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said "solid progress" was made following discussions with officials in the Syrian capital Wednesday, adding that talks are "very close to an agreement" on establishing a constitutional committee. Geir Pedersen spoke to reporters following two...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...