Latest Syria News

US, Turkey agree on Turkish cease-fire with Syrian Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks' attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria to allow the Kurds to withdraw to roughly 20 miles away from the Turkish border. The arrangement appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey's position in the...

The Latest: Trump credits 'tough love' for cease-fire deal

Oct. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is crediting his threat of sanctions on Turkey as "tough love" that led the country to agree to a five-day cease-fire in its battle with Kurds in northern Syria. Talking to reporters in Fort Worth,...

Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria

Oct. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Pence says United States and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.

The Latest: Turkey: 71 Turkish-backed Syrian fighters killed

Oct. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. Turkey's state-run news agency says a total of 71 Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been killed since the start of a Turkish-led incursion into northeast Syria. Anadolu Agency said Thursday that another...

Trump portrays Mideast as a bloody sandbox, maligns Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is surfacing cultural stereotypes as he depicts the Middle East as a blood-soaked sandbox where people "play" violently because that's "what they do" in that part of the world. "It's unnatural for us, but it's sort of natural for them - to fight," he said. This from...

German official condemns violence at Kurdish protest rallies

Oct. 17, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German security official on Thursday condemned violence during protests by Kurds in Germany against Turkey's military operation in northern Syria. The interior minister of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, said that "the limits of our tolerance have clearly...

Kurdish commander: Trump OK'd deal with Moscow, Damascus

Oct. 17, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose the deal that Syrian Kurdish-led forces struck with Russia and the Syrian government to protect them against Turkey's offensive, the force's commander said Thursday, as his fighters battled a new push by Ankara-backed forces to seize a...

FM: Iraq will only repatriate IS fighters who are Iraqis

Oct. 17, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will only take back its own citizens and their families who fought with the Islamic State group in Syria, not those from other countries, Iraq's foreign minister said Thursday. Mohammed Ali al-Hakim said the home countries of other former IS members and their families should take the...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

Oct. 17, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown. And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House. It's a familiar ritual, with Trump and...