Latest Syrian civil war News

Syria activists: After 3 months, Russian strikes hit Idlib

Jun. 3, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Russian warplanes carried out early Wednesday the first airstrikes in three months on the last remaining rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria, opposition activists said. There was no immediate word on any casualties. The airstrikes, along with ground bombardment over the past few days,...

Report: Airstrikes in east Syria kill Iran-backed fighters

May. 17, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes attacked Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, killing several of the Iraqi militiamen, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday. The strikes late Saturday targeted a base near the border town of Boukamal, killing seven fighters, according to the...

In this April 13, 2020 photo, Tariq al-Obeid, displaced from the eastern countryside of Idlib, Syria, shows a lesson for his children on a mobile phone in Kelly, a town in northern Idlib. Al-Obeid received the education material from a teacher on a private WhatsApp group. As the world moves online, the Syrians in opposition-held areas are too. In the time of coronavirus, the internet is becoming an educational tool, and one to salvage bonds essential for surviving the brutal conflict. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Online English classes revive ties severed by war in Syria

May. 17, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Who got married? Who had a baby? Have we lost anyone? Through crackling internet lines and jumpy connections, a group of Syrian students recently reunited after nearly two years, recreating their English language classes and their small community online from pockets of opposition-held areas. ...

Militants attack Syrian troops on edge of rebel stronghold

May. 10, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

Beirut (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked fighters attacked Syrian government positions Sunday on the edge of the country's last rebel stronghold, triggering intense clashes that killed nearly three dozen combatants across both sides, opposition activists said. The fighting was among the worst since early March, when...

Gunmen kill 9 police in recaptured, but unruly south Syria

May. 4, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Unknown gunmen killed nine Syrian policemen on Monday in a southern village close to the border with Jordan, state media and an opposition war monitor said. The attack occurred in the province of Daraa where Syria’s anti-government uprising began in March 2011 before morphing...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people stand near a car that was damaged due to flying debris from a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse, in the country's central province of Homs, Syria, Friday, May 1, 2020. Explosions rocked a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse Friday in the country's central Homs province, and a local official said the cause was not immediately clear. (SANA via AP)

Explosions hit Syrian military warehouse, 10 civilians hurt

May. 1, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Explosions at a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse Friday were the result of “human error" while moving ammunition, the defense ministry said. Ten civilians outside the base were hurt, a local doctor said. However, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a...

UN warns that 'tragedy beckons' in Syria from virus

Apr. 30, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday that more than 40 cases of COVID-19 and at least three deaths have been reported in Syria, signaling that “tragedy beckons” after nine years of war that has left the country’s health care system decimated. Mark Lowcock...

Activists: Turkish troops shoot dead 2 protesters in Syria

Apr. 26, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish troops fired tear gas and live bullets at protesters blocking a major highway in northwest Syria early Sunday, killing two people and wounding others, opposition activists said. The protesters have been blocking part of the highway near the government-held village of Nairab in Idlib...

One of the defendants, Eyad A. (43), is sitting on the bench of the Higher Regional Court behind Corona protective screens, hiding his face under a hood in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Two former members of Syria's secret police go on trial Thursday in Germany accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where large numbers of opposition protesters were tortured.(Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)

Germany: Syrian ex-secret police go on trial for war crimes

Apr. 23, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two former members of Syria's secret police appeared in court in Germany on Thursday accused of crimes against humanity for their role in a government-run detention center where thousands of opposition protesters were tortured. The trial of Anwar R. and Eyad A., whose last names weren't...

Turkey says Syria violating truce in rebel-held north

Apr. 20, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president on Monday accused the Syrian government of taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation with the coronavirus pandemic to increase attacks in rebel-held northwestern Syria in violation of a truce. In an address to the nation following a Cabinet...