Latest Syrian civil war News

Report: Car bomb in north Syria kills, wounds several people

Jul. 30, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded at checkpoint manned by Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters on Thursday in northeastern Syria, killing and wounding several people, Turkish state media and an opposition war monitoring group reported. According to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency, the bombing in the...

Group: Israeli strikes in Syria killed 5 foreign fighters

Jul. 21, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group said Tuesday that Israeli airstrikes the previous day on military posts south of the capital, Damascus, killed five foreign fighters and wounded several others. Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in a statement that one of its fighters, Ali Kamel Mohsen,...

Syria reports suspected Israeli air raids on capital

Jul. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian military said the country's air defenses responded on Monday to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that wounded seven soldiers and caused material damage, and residents said loud explosions rocked the capital. It was not clear what the targets were. The air raids, which...

Airstrikes on northwest Syria after blast wounds 3 Russians

Jul. 14, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warplanes carried out more than a dozen airstrikes in northwest Syria on Tuesday, opposition activists said, hours after a roadside landmine hit a joint Russian-Turkish patrol in the area wounding three Russian soldiers and an unspecified number of Turkish troops. The Russian military...

UN-backed experts point to new war crimes in Syria conflict

Jul. 7, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Investigators commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body say Syrian government forces and their Russian allies bombarded civilian sites in Idlib province indiscriminately, while rebels tortured and executed civilians in recent months, acts amounting to war crimes on both sides. ...

Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 6, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

Laure Ghosn, whose husband Charbel Zogheib has been missing for the past 37 years, speaks as she holds their wedding portrait during an interview at her home in Sarba, north of Beirut, Lebanon. Ghosn said her husband is held in Syria and hopes that a new wave of sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Syrian government will force Damascus to reveal the fate of hundreds of Lebanese citizens held in Syria, including that of her husband. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Jul. 4, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open. The elder Arnous was among...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell waits for the start of a meeting, Supporting the future of Syria and the Region, in videoconference format at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Donors: $7.7 billion to tackle Syria humanitarian crisis

Jun. 30, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and dozens of donor nations pledged a total of $7.7 billion Tuesday to help tackle the humanitarian crisis deepening in Syria and neighboring countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees as the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises compound the misery of nearly a...

FILE - In this January 13, 2010 file photo, Syrian employees stack packets of Syrian currency in the Central Syrian Bank in, Damascus, Syria. In Syria nowadays, there is an impending fear that all doors are closing. After nearly a decade of war, the country is crumbling under the weight of years-long western sanctions, government corruption and infighting, a pandemic and an economic downslide made worse by the financial crisis in Lebanon, Syria's main link with the outside world. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

UN envoy hopes for new Syria talks and warns of dire economy

Jun. 16, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he hopes that talks on drafting a new constitution for the country can be held in late August, warning the war-torn nation has plunged into economic crisis with rising fears among its people. Geir Pedersen told the U.N. Security Council...

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian White Helmet civil defense worker walking amid the rubble of houses hit by airstrikes, in Balyoun village, southern Idlib province, Syria, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Syrian activists and a war monitoring group say that dozens of suspected Russian airstrikes have pounded villages on the edge of the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria, sending thousands of civilians fleeing. The escalation began on Monday and is the most serious breach of a Russia-Turkey brokered cease-fire in place since March. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Airstrikes again hit Syria's rebel area, displace thousands

Jun. 9, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Suspected Russian airstrikes pounded villages on the edge of the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria, sending thousands of civilians fleeing, activists reported Tuesday — scenes unseen in the area since a cease-fire three months ago. The violence at the edge of Idlib province is...