Latest Syrian civil war News

Syria army widens offensive on rebel-held areas in southwest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops advanced on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes Saturday, state media and opposition activists said, in a widening offensive that has shattered a U.S.-backed truce. Syrian State news agency SANA reported fierce clashes in...

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 12 barrel...

Corbyn: Labour government would quickly recognize Palestine

Jun. 22, 2018 1:05 PM EDT

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said Friday that a government under his leadership would recognize a Palestinian state "very early on" and push hard for a political solution to the Syrian civil war. Corbyn spoke during his first international trip outside Europe...

Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

Jun. 21, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

The Latest: UN 'deeply concerned' about Syrians in the south

Jun. 21, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. A spokesman says the U.N. is "deeply concerned" about the safety of an estimated 750,000 people in southern Syria amid an unraveling cease-fire. Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Thursday the world body is calling on all parties...

Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

Jun. 21, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month. She arrived later in the Lebanese capital Beirut, another major Middle Eastern refugee host...

UN: State, rebels committed war crimes in Syria's Ghouta

Jun. 20, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday that the Syrian government and rebel forces both committed war crimes during the five-year government siege of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and the two-month offensive to retake the area from insurgents earlier this year. In a report released in...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...

Iraq Foreign Ministry condemns strikes it says killed Iraqis

Jun. 19, 2018 7:10 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq condemned on Tuesday the targeting of pro-Syria paramilitary troops in eastern Syria after an airstrike killed mostly Iraqi Shiite forces deployed to fight the Islamic State group. In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed "rejection and condemnation of airstrikes targeting...

Syria says US-led strike hits troops in east, US denies

Jun. 18, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Iraqi Shiite forces and Syria accused the United States on Monday of targeting their troops inside Syria with an airstrike, a charge the U.S. denied but that ratcheted up tensions in the area. Iraq's Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, the units' umbrella organization, said in a...