Latest Syrian civil war News

Fighting between Syrian forces, rebels escalates in south

Jul. 29, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the country’s southern province of Daraa escalated this week, with reports saying three civilians were killed there on Thursday, as well as eight government troops and five rebel fighters. ...

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out strike, 2nd this week

Jul. 22, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province early on Thursday, the second such attack this week. The aerial attack caused material damage, it said. The country's state news agency quoted an unidentified Syrian military...

Syrian government forces hit last rebel enclave, killing 9

Jul. 15, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government rockets hit two villages in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least nine civilians, including three children, rescue workers and a war monitor said. The U.N. Children's agency confirmed three...

Syrian refugee swimmer makes his mark at the Paralympics

Jul. 14, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — When Ibrahim Al Hussein fled Syria in 2012 after being wounded by an explosion during his country's civil war, his life was turned upside down. Nearly a decade later, Al Hussein is preparing for his second Paralympic Games in Tokyo and credits...

Bases housing US troops in Iraq, Syria attacked, 2 injured

Jul. 07, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters and American troops foiled an attack with drones Wednesday on a base housing members of the U.S.-led coalition in eastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces said. In neighboring Iraq, rockets hit a base housing U.S. troops, inflicting two minor...

US military denies American troops in Syria were attacked

Jul. 04, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A facility housing U.S. troops in eastern Syria came under attack late Sunday when rockets were fired from nearby areas, an opposition war monitor, state media and a spokesman for U.S.-backed fighters said, though the U.S. military denied there was any attack. ...

US warns that Islamic State extremists still a world threat

Jun. 28, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As the U.S. works on its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, members of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group met Monday to chart future steps against the extremist group. The meeting came just a day after the U.S. launched airstrikes...

UN envoy calls for new international talks on Syrian war

Jun. 25, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With no progress toward ending the 10-year Syrian conflict, the U.N. special envoy for Syria called Friday for new international talks on concrete steps like exchanging prisoners and a nationwide cease-fire that the government and opposition could agree on as initial...

Violence in north Syria kills 10, mostly in rebel-held areas

Jun. 21, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and insurgent groups exchanged shell fire in northwestern Syria on Monday that killed at least 10 people, the vast majority of them in rebel-held areas, state media and opposition activists said. The area has seen rising violence...

Syria's last aid crossing in balance as Biden to meet Putin

Jun. 15, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

President Joe Biden will seek to stave off another surge of civilian suffering in the devastating war in Syria when he meets President Vladimir Putin this week, appealing to Putin to drop a threat to close the last aid crossing into that country. Russian forces have...