Latest Syrian civil war News

The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS fighting

Feb. 18, 2019 11:12 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local): 4:45 p.m. The International Rescue Committee says more than 60 people have died in recent weeks after making their way out of the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. Spokesman Paul Donohoe says exhaustion and...

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

Feb. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man on a...

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...

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...

Syrians act in playback theater to heal war trauma

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother's abduction in the early years of her country's civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life. The woman, who identified herself as Mae from a government stronghold in the...

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Feb. 14, 2019 5:39 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts in and...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects

Feb. 13, 2019 4:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured. The Tuesday...

Activists: More than 200 IS fighters surrender in east Syria

Feb. 13, 2019 3:03 PM EST

AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants, many of them foreigners, surrendered to U.S.-backed fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, bringing the Kurdish-led force closer to taking full control of the last remaining area controlled by the extremists, a Kurdish official and...