Latest Syrian civil war News

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

Syria violence interrupts food distribution in some areas

Jun. 11, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held towns and villages in the country's northwest Tuesday and the World Food Program said weekslong violence has hampered some of its activities in the area. WFP said in a statement that due to the latest wave of violence that broke out on April 30, the U.N....

Syrian soccer goalie who became rebel icon dies in battle

Jun. 8, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian soccer goalkeeper who became an icon of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces, the rebels said Saturday. Abdelbaset Sarout, 27, rose to fame as a player for his home city of Homs and won international titles...

Syria uses familiar tactic in rebel Idlib: Bombing civilians

Jun. 7, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The father could hardly bear seeing his 18-month-old daughter's panic every time the Syrian government warplanes flew over their home. Every day for a month, she ran to him to hide in his arms, tearful and breathless. Abdurrahim had refused to flee his hometown throughout years of violence,...

Syria rebels launch attack on government forces in northwest

Jun. 6, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian insurgents launched an offensive Thursday against government forces in northwestern Syria, armed opposition and a war monitoring group said, part of a see-sawing battle for control of the edge of the rebel-held territory there. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebel...

Syrian troops take village in last rebel stronghold

Jun. 3, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops captured on Monday a village in the last rebel stronghold in the northwest province of Idlib, while a government airstrike killed at least three people, opposition activists and state media said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor,...

Turkey, Russia face conflicts over Syria's push into Idlib

Jun. 1, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Ankara and Moscow are again facing an escalation of violence in Syria's last rebel-held territory, a development that puts their cooperation to the test even as they support opposing sides in the eight-year war that has devastated Syria. An all-out offensive by Syrian government forces to...

Syrian boy survives bombing that killed his mother, siblings

May. 30, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A 13-year-old boy emerged with a bloodied arm and swollen red eyes from under the rubble to the cries of rescue workers. He didn't yet know that his mother and two siblings were dead — killed by bombs that opposition activists said were dropped by Syrian government warplanes on a...

Crop fires, a weapon of war, ruin Iraqi, Syrian harvests

May. 30, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — It was looking to be a good year for farmers across parts of Syria and Iraq. The wettest in generations, it brought rich, golden fields of wheat and barley, giving farmers in this war-torn region reason to rejoice. But good news is short-lived in this part of the world, where residents...