Latest Syria News

Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south

Jun. 24, 2018 11:55 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces advanced deeper into the southern province of Daraa Sunday under the cover of airstrikes, entering new villages amid reports that the U.S. has told rebels not to expect an American intervention to defend them from the army's offensive. Syrian government forces have...

Israel fires missile at drone near Syria frontier

Jun. 24, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier in the Golan Heights. The army said Sunday that the missile did not hit the drone, and the aircraft "retreated from the border." It was not immediately clear...

Syria army widens offensive on rebel-held areas in southwest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops advanced on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes Saturday, state media and opposition activists said, in a widening offensive that has shattered a U.S.-backed truce. Syrian State news agency SANA reported fierce clashes in...

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 12 barrel...

The Latest: US condemns truce violations in southern Syria

Jun. 22, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The U.S. envoy to the U.N. has condemned the reported cease-fire violations in southern Syria. In a statement Friday, Ambassador Nikki Haley said "The Syrian regime's violations ?of the ceasefire in southwest Syria need to stop. We...

Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

Jun. 22, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state "very early on" and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war. Corbyn spoke during his first international trip outside Europe...

German chancellor says migration meeting a 'first exchange'

Jun. 22, 2018 10:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said an upcoming meeting of European leaders in Brussels would be a "first exchange" toward finding solutions and agreements to problems connected with migration. Speaking at a press conference in the Lebanese capital, she characterized Sunday's...

Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

Jun. 22, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians. Russia's foreign and defense ministries also charged the international chemical weapons watchdog with failing to objectively...

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Jun. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

Jun. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday the world body is calling on all parties...