Latest Syria News

Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

Dec. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey's president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group. Nuri Mehmud, spokesman of the People's Protection...

UNICEF: 2 million children in Syria still out of schools

Dec. 13, 2018 1:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Even though Syria's civil war is winding down, 2 million of the country's children are still out of schools and it will likely take years and a lot of funding to help overcome the scars of the seven-year conflict, the head of the U.N. children's agency said Thursday. UNICEF's Executive...

Turkey vows to take on US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria

Dec. 12, 2018 5:32 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey will launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria "within a few days," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States. In recent months, Turkey has shelled...

Israeli, Russian officials discuss Syria in Moscow meeting

Dec. 12, 2018 9:21 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military delegation has met with Russian defense officials in Moscow and discussed the situation in Syria. The military's statement on Wednesday says Israeli officers briefed Russian officials on an operation launched last week to "expose and thwart" Hezbollah attack tunnels...

Italian police identify IS cell suspected in 2013 kidnapping

Dec. 12, 2018 5:51 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Wednesday they had identified members of the Islamic State group believed to have been behind the 2013 kidnapping in Syria of Italian aid worker Federico Motka and Briton David Haines, who was later killed. Carabinieri police said they had issued arrest warrants against...

Turkish president says his country will launch a new military operation in Syria within days

Dec. 12, 2018 5:38 AM EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish president says his country will launch a new military operation in Syria within days.

Family: German journalist jailed in Venezuela as spy

Dec. 11, 2018 8:13 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — German freelance journalist Billy Six has circled the globe with a hand-held video camera asking people living through wars and strife to tell their stories. But when he turned his lens to Venezuela, documenting the economic collapse and mass migration from the socialist country,...

Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

Dec. 11, 2018 5:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. "In recent years, IS has committed horrifying atrocities against...

Russia says 114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018

Dec. 11, 2018 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. U.N. agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syria's...

Iraqi jets target Islamic State meeting dens in Syria

Dec. 11, 2018 12:12 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi military says its jets have bombed two Islamic State positions inside Syria that were being used for as meeting places for the jihadist group. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said in a statement on Tuesday that at least 30 IS members were present in one of the locations targeted...