Latest Syrian civil war News

Syria: Everyone else's battleground, in both war and peace

Sep. 25, 2018 3:45 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in...

The Latest: Russia says 3,000 Syrians back home in last week

Sep. 20, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local): 8:35 p.m. The Russian military says that over 3,000 Syrians have returned to their homes over the past week. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said Thursday that 2,180 internally displaced people and 937 refugees have come home during the...

With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

Sep. 19, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.   Hassan Nasrallah...

Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

Sep. 19, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations said that in the first 12...

Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

Sep. 18, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Both Syria's government and its opposition welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a de-militarized zone around the major rebel stronghold Idlib, saying Tuesday the agreement stemmed more bloodshed. Still, the government vowed it will keep up its campaign against "terrorism," either...

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

Sep. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances." The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the...

The Latest: Mattis says plane downing won't affect IS fight

Sep. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local): 12 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the shootdown of a Russian military aircraft by Syrian forces complicates relations between President Bashar Assad...

Turkey, Russia agree on demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

Sep. 17, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces. The zone will be established by Oct. 15 and be 15-20...

Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

Sep. 17, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions. They issued calls to arms, urging young men to join in the defense of Idlib, the Syrian province where opposition fighters expect to make their last stand against Russian- and...

The Latest: Putin announces demilitarized zone in Syria

Sep. 17, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a meeting between Russian and Turkish leaders on Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says a demilitarized zone to separate Syrian forces and rebels in the Idlib region will be established by Oct. 15. Putin made the announcement Monday after...