Latest Syrian armed forces News

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

Aug. 18, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town. The state SANA news agency says government troops made advances on Sunday around the rebel-held town of...

Airstrikes on Syrian rebel stronghold kill family of 7

Aug. 17, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government and Russian airstrikes pounded the southern edge of a rebel stronghold in Syria's northwest on Saturday, killing at least seven members of one family, activists and a war monitor reported. The intense airstrikes were coupled with fierce ground clashes as the government, backed by...

Syrian troops advance in northwest amid intense bombardment

Aug. 15, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces gained more ground from insurgents in the country's northwest on Thursday, edging closer to a major rebel-held town a day after militants shot down a government warplane in the area. The government offensive, which intensified last week, has displaced nearly 100,000 people over...

Syrian troops push closer to major rebel-held northwest town

Aug. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured five villages in the country's northwest early Wednesday, inching closer to a major rebel-controlled town that was the scene of a deadly 2017 chemical weapons attack and forcing thousands to flee their homes to a safer area farther north, opposition activists...

Syrian troops capture key village in rebel-held Idlib

Aug. 11, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured an important village in the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday, drawing close to a major town in the last rebel stronghold in the country, state media and opposition activists said. The capture of Habeet opens up an approach to southern regions of...

Activists say pro-Syrian government journalist released

Aug. 10, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian pro-government journalist has been released nearly eight months after he was detained by security agents and held incommunicado, activists and family members said Saturday. The brother of Wissam al-Teer thanked Syria's President Bashar Assad for the release in a Facebook post, in an...

Russia: If 'terrorists' adhere to cease-fire it will happen

Aug. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says the moment "terrorists" adhere to a cessation of hostilities in Syria's northwestern Idlib province is when there will actually be another cease-fire. Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told reporters Friday the Syrian army observed the...

Attack on Turkish post in Syria injures 2 soldiers

Aug. 9, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says Kurdish fighters have attacked a Turkish base in a Turkish-controlled area in northern Syria, wounding two of its soldiers. Turkey's Defense Ministry says fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, attacked the base in Afrin with an anti-tank missile...

Turkey, US appear closer to establishing safe zone in Syria

Aug. 7, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States appeared Wednesday to be edging closer toward setting up a so-called safe zone in northeast Syria, saying they had agreed to form a joint operations center to coordinate and manage its establishment. The vague announcement issued at the end of three days of...

AP Explains: Turkish military move into Syria is high risk

Aug. 6, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's combative president is threatening to launch a military operation in northeastern Syria that is designed to push back U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish forces — an invasion that carries major risks for a highly combustible region in war-devastated Syria. An operation would mark the...