Latest Syria News

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family's lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with The Times newspaper,...

'Taking their last breath': IS hides among Syrian civilians

Feb. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — From a self-proclaimed caliphate that once spread across much of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has been knocked back to a speck of land on the countries' shared border. In that tiny patch on the banks of the Euphrates River, hundreds of militants are hiding among civilians...

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...

The Latest: Qatari minister warns of remaining IS threat

Feb. 17, 2019 9:13 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local): 2:55 p.m. Qatar's foreign minister is cautioning that the Islamic State group will continue to be a threat even after its last pocket of resistance in Syria is shut down. IS once controlled territory in large parts of Syria and...

US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near

Feb. 16, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air. At the base in this small village, fighters from the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces coordinate with their comrades about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away who are closing in on Islamic State militants...

Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS

Feb. 16, 2019 12:04 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria. Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah...

Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civilians

Feb. 15, 2019 2:34 PM EST

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday. The U.S.-backed force known as...

New UN Syria envoy sees opportunity in constitution process

Feb. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. envoy for Syria said Friday that the long-delayed formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria is "a potential door-opener for the political process" and he hopes to see it meet in Geneva "as soon as possible." But Geir Pedersen stressed that the...

UN and Syrian Red Crescent deliver aid to isolated camp

Feb. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have delivered badly-needed humanitarian assistance to more than 40,000 displaced people in a tent settlement near the Jordanian border, the U.N. said Friday, as Russia offered to help relocate those willing to move to government-held areas in Syria....

US: Time to expand the international coalition against IS

Feb. 15, 2019 12:27 PM EST

MUNICH, Germany (AP) — The top Pentagon official said Friday he foresees a "bigger and stronger" American-led international coalition combatting the Islamic State group globally as the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Pat Shanahan, on his first trip abroad as the acting secretary of defense, made his...