Latest Syria News

UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area

Sep. 18, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already catastrophic humanitarian situation." Germany, Belgium and Kuwait put their text in a final form Wednesday...

UN says deal reached on committee for new Syria constitution

Sep. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Wednesday that a long-sought agreement has been reached on the composition of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria, an important step toward hopefully ending the more than eight-year conflict. The U.N. chief told...

The Latest: Saudi minister: 50% of crude reduction restored

Sep. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's energy minister says 50% of the production cut by the attack on its oil processing plant has been restored. Prince...

10 fighters killed in new, unclaimed strikes in east Syria

Sep. 17, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Unknown aircraft attacked a weapons depot belonging to Iranian-backed paramilitary forces in an eastern town near the Iraqi border early Tuesday, killing at least 10, a Syria war monitor and an Iraqi security official said. The airstrikes took place in Boukamal, in the eastern province of...

Russia, Iran, Turkey say Syrian constitution committee ready

Sep. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran announced Monday that an agreement has been finally reached on the composition of a committee tasked with rewriting Syria's constitution as part of a political solution to the country's civil war, now in its ninth year. Turkish President Recep...

IS leader calls on fighters to free detained comrades

Sep. 16, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group released a new alleged audio recording Monday calling on members of the extremist group to do all they can to free IS detainees and women held in jails and camps. The purported audio by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in which he also said that his group is...

Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences

Sep. 15, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said. Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions — most recently last year — since Syria's crisis...

Syria govt offers way out of rebel area; no one shows up

Sep. 14, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media is accusing militant groups of preventing civilians on Saturday from leaving the last rebel-held stronghold in the country's northwest through a corridor government troops are securing. The government has used such passageways before to allow residents to flee areas it is...

UN chief launches Syria inquiry amid protests over secrecy

Sep. 13, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres selected a Nigerian general Friday to lead a U.N. investigation into attacks on hospitals and other civilian sites in Syria's last opposition stronghold in the northwest amid protests that its findings will be kept secret. U.N. spokesman Stephane...

Syrian activists: Car bomb in northern town; several wounded

Sep. 13, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say a car bombing in a town in northern Syria controlled by Turkey-backed opposition fighters has wounded several people. There were no reports of deaths in the explosion. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said Friday's...