Latest Syrian armed forces News

US commander: Partnership with Kurds against IS still strong

Nov. 15, 2019 10:32 AM EST

ERBIL, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. coalition commander said Friday the partnership with Syrian Kurdish forces remains strong and focused on fighting the Islamic State group, despite an expanding Turkish incursion on areas of Kurdish control. The U.S-Syrian Kurdish relationship, which dates back to 2014, was...

Syrian troops begin deploying along border with Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 1:37 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces started deploying Thursday in areas close to the Turkish border in the country’s northeast as part of an agreement reached between Russia and Turkey, state media reported. News agency SANA said troops were deploying between the towns of Jawadiyeh and...

BRICS back Paris agreement, oppose Syria military solution

Nov. 14, 2019 12:44 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Members of the BRICS group of nations said Thursday that they are committed to implementing the Paris climate agreement and there cannot be a military solution to Syria’s conflict. The declaration issued by leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa at a summit...

US and Turkey have friendly talks but differences persist

Nov. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are “very good friends,” but their meeting Wednesday at the White House failed to resolve an issue that has badly strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump and Erdogan concluded a visit...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 12, 2019 6:26 AM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Top US general says 500-600 American troops to stay in Syria

Nov. 10, 2019 10:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says about 500 or 600 U.S. troops will remain in Syria to counter Islamic State fighters. President Donald Trump recently approved an expanded military mission to secure oil fields across eastern Syria. His decision locked hundreds of U.S. troops...

4 Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish-led forces

Nov. 9, 2019 2:10 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Intense clashes broke out Saturday between Syrian government troops and Turkish-led forces in northeast Syria, killing at least four Syrian soldiers, the country's state media and an opposition war monitor reported. Turkey invaded northeast Syria last month to push out Syrian Kurdish...

For east Syria, US troops are about much more than oil

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region —and keep the Syrian government out. Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as...

Senior US envoy in Syria highly critical of troop withdrawal

Nov. 7, 2019 10:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior American diplomat has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria last month, a decision that paved the way for an attack on U.S.-allied forces in the area, officials said Thursday. In an internal memo,...