Latest Syria News

Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

Sep. 25, 2018 3:45 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in...

The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

Sep. 24, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran's exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by...

'Rocket Man' to 'Terrific': Trump lauds Kim in UN return

Sep. 24, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump raised hopes at the United Nations on Monday that a second meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un could occur "quite soon," striking a conciliatory tone one year after he used his debut at the U.N. to deride the autocrat as "Little Rocket Man" and threaten to...

US warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

Sep. 24, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves. National security adviser John Bolton said Monday that delivery of...

Russia to provide Syria with new S-300 air defense missiles

Sep. 24, 2018 2:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria's government with sophisticated S-300 air defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions. The Russian Il-20 military...

National Security adviser Bolton: US troops not leaving Syria 'as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders'

Sep. 24, 2018 11:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — National Security adviser Bolton: US troops not leaving Syria 'as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders'

Turkey promises 'safe zones' in Kurdish-held parts of Syria

Sep. 24, 2018 9:33 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Sunday it would take steps to create "safe zones" across northern Syria, including in areas held by Syrian Kurdish fighters who are allied with the United States but who Ankara views as terrorists. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking in New York ahead of the U.N. General...

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

Sep. 23, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on...

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Sep. 23, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions. Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned...

Russia blames Israel for downing of plane by Syrian forces

Sep. 23, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry on Sunday again blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane by Syrian government forces, adding that Israel appeared "ungrateful" for Moscow's efforts to rein in Iran-backed fighters in Syria. Syrian government forces mistook the Russian Il-20 reconnaissance...