Latest Syria News

Syria says Israel has carried out new attack near Damascus

May. 20, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Friday night, which Syrian media said were the result of a new Israeli attack near Damascus. State-run news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses confronted “hostile targets” in the skies in the Damascus...

Massacre video reopens wounds for missing Syrians' families

May. 20, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the Siyam family clung to hope they would one day be reunited with their son Wassim, who they believed was being held in a Syrian government prison after he went missing at a checkpoint nearly a decade ago. That hope evaporated the moment they saw him in a...

Rebutting Turkey, Biden lauds NATO bids of Sweden, Finland

May. 19, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by the leaders of Finland and Sweden, President Joe Biden forcefully supported their applications to join NATO on Thursday as Russia's war in the heart of Europe challenges the continent's security. The U.S. president rejected Turkey's opposition, insisting the two...

NATO chief sure spat over Sweden, Finland will be resolved

May. 19, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's leader flatly opposes having Sweden and Finland join NATO, but the military alliance's chief said Thursday he was confident the standoff would be resolved and the two Nordic nations would have their membership requests approved soon. Turkey’s approval of...

Israel approves ultranationalist Jewish march in Jerusalem

May. 18, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday said they have given the go-ahead for flag-waving Jewish nationalists to march through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem's Old City later this month, in a decision that threatens to re-ignite violence in the holy city. ...

EXPLAINER: Why is Turkey wary of Nordic states' NATO bid?

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says...

War Crimes Watch: Targeting schools, Russia bombs the future

May. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As she lay buried under the rubble, her legs broken and eyes blinded by blood and thick clouds of dust, all Inna Levchenko could hear was screams. It was 12:15 p.m. on March 3, and moments earlier a blast had pulverized the school where she’d taught for 30 years. ...

Hezbollah weapons at the heart of Lebanon's elections Sunday

May. 14, 2022 08:50 AM EDT

BAALBEK, Lebanon (AP) — It was a sea of yellow as thousands of men, women and children waving Hezbollah flags and wearing the group’s trademark yellow caps rallied on a giant plot of land in the ancient eastern city of Baalbek in support of the heavily armed militant group. One...

Syria: Israel fires missiles on central town, killing 5

May. 13, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli missiles targeted central Syria on Friday, killing five people, including a civilian, and ignited fires in farmlands in the area, Syrian state media reported. The official news agency SANA said the missiles were fired at the town of Masyaf in the...

Qatar, key US ally, faces new accusations of terror funding

May. 13, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Qatar, a key U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, is facing increased scrutiny over its alleged financial ties to terrorism in a lawsuit from relatives of a slain American journalist and a separate federal investigation into a member of the country’s royal family. The family of Steven...