Latest Syria News

Workers recover hundreds of bodies from Syrian mass grave

Jul. 15, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In an open field on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, workers in black uniforms, surgical masks and red hardhats toil under a scorching sun to dig up bodies from a large mass grave discovered last month. They have so far unearthed 313 bodies from the grave since it was discovered...

UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released

Jul. 14, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if Iran can provide guarantees the vessel would not breach European sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, Britain's top diplomat said, as European nations called for new talks to ease tensions in the Persian...

Syria says militant attack shuts down gas pipeline

Jul. 14, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Militants targeted a gas pipeline in government-controlled central Syria, putting it out of order Sunday, according to state media. The SANA news agency didn't name the attackers. The area in the central Homs province is close to where remnants of the Islamic State group are still...

Activists say Russian, Syrian strikes kill 11 in rebel area

Jul. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescuers and activists say 11 civilians, including two families of four, have been killed in government and Russian airstrikes inside Syria's last rebel stronghold. First responders known as White Helmets said airstrikes in Kfarya village Saturday killed a mother, her baby and another...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

At least 8 killed in Syria government raids on rebel enclave

Jul. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescue workers say at least eight civilians have been killed in government bombing of the country's last rebel stronghold. The strikes Friday included rare air raids on Idlib city, already home to large numbers of people displaced by the 10-week offensive on the rebel-held area. Teams...

Dutch leader to visit Trump for talks on trade, defense

Jul. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting U.S. President Donald Trump next week, but said Friday he can't yet give the president a response to American requests for assistance in Syria and the Strait of Hormuz. Rutte will meet Trump at the White House next Thursday to...

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Jul. 12, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a "dangerous game" and threatening retribution, while London announced it was sending a destroyer to the Persian Gulf. The comments from Iran's Foreign...

The Latest: Gibraltar police detain 2 more from Iran tanker

Jul. 12, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Police in Gibraltar say they have arrested the two second mates of an Iranian supertanker seized last week by the British navy on suspicion of carrying Tehran's oil to Syria. Police in the British...

Today in History

Jul. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the...