Latest Syrian civil war News

Syria govt offers way out of rebel area; no one shows up

Sep. 14, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media is accusing militant groups of preventing civilians on Saturday from leaving the last rebel-held stronghold in the country's northwest through a corridor government troops are securing. The government has used such passageways before to allow residents to flee areas it is...

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...

Syria says Israel was behind airstrike in country's east

Sep. 9, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown warplanes targeted an arms depot and posts of Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, killing at least 18 fighters in a nighttime attack, Syrian opposition activists said Monday. A Syrian security official said Israeli jets staged the airstrikes, but denied...

Turkey, US conduct 'safe zone' joint patrols in north Syria

Sep. 8, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AP) — Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria on Sunday as part of a so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile Kurdish-administered region. Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30...

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Sep. 5, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Thursday threatened to "open the gates" and allow a flood of Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called "safe zone" is established inside Syria soon in negotiations with the Americans. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech to his ruling...

Caught in limbo, families of Syria's missing cling to hope

Sep. 5, 2019 2:10 AM EDT

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Six months after he was snatched from a road in central Syria, Iyad Suleiman was allowed by his kidnappers to make a Skype video call home. His children were startled at how he looked — skinny and exhausted, with a long beard. He told his wife to keep talking with his captors and...

US, allied Kurdish force conduct patrol on Syrian border

Sep. 4, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. troops and an allied Syrian militia conducted a joint patrol Wednesday in a town on the border with Turkey, a Kurdish news agency and a Syria war monitor reported. The move appeared to be part of an agreement to set up a safe zone along Syria's northeast border. Turkey sees the Syrian...

Kurdish official: Syria's 'safe zone' off to a good start

Sep. 4, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

DARBASIYAH, Syria (AP) — The creation of a so-called "safe zone" in northeastern Syria has gotten off to good start, with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces pulling back from a small, initial area along the Turkish border, a Syrian Kurdish official said — but calm can only prevail if Turkey also removes...

Calm prevails on Lebanon-Israel border day after brief clash

Sep. 2, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

MAROUN EL-RAS, Lebanon (AP) — The Lebanon-Israel border was mostly calm with U.N. peacekeepers patrolling the border on Monday, a day after the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel in response to earlier attacks, triggering Israeli artillery fire. The missile...

Israel, Hezbollah engage in brief, intense fighting

Sep. 1, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah militants on Sunday fired a barrage of anti-tank missiles into Israel, prompting a reprisal of heavy Israeli artillery fire in a rare burst of fighting between the bitter enemies. Although the shooting quickly subsided without casualties on either side, the situation remained...