Latest Syria government News

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Report: Syria holding 2 Lebanese security agents

Jun. 18, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Syrian troops are holding two Lebanese security agents who crossed by mistake into the neighboring country. NNA reported Tuesday that the two members of the State Security Department were captured two days earlier while on a hiking trip in a...

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

Syria says Israel hit military position in country's south

Jun. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency said Wednesday that Israel attacked a military position in southern Syria, causing material damage. SANA said Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles before they reached their target during the early morning attack on al-Harra...

Syrian soccer goalie who became rebel icon dies in battle

Jun. 8, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian soccer goalkeeper who became an icon of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces, the rebels said Saturday. Abdelbaset Sarout, 27, rose to fame as a player for his home city of Homs and won international titles...

Syria uses familiar tactic in rebel Idlib: Bombing civilians

Jun. 7, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The father could hardly bear seeing his 18-month-old daughter's panic every time the Syrian government warplanes flew over their home. Every day for a month, she ran to him to hide in his arms, tearful and breathless. Abdurrahim had refused to flee his hometown throughout years of violence,...

Sudan's deadly crackdown evokes Arab Spring bloodshed

Jun. 5, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

In the Middle East, it has often begun the same way: a popular swell of street protests against long-entrenched autocrats and demonstrators inspired by burgeoning aspirations for democracy and freedom. But then the military moves in. Its ruthless, harsh force helps prop up the leader and his family, or safeguard...

Syrian troops take village in last rebel stronghold

Jun. 3, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured on Monday a village in the last rebel stronghold in the northwest province of Idlib, while a government airstrike killed at least three people, opposition activists and state media said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor,...