Latest Civil wars News

Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

Dec. 18, 2018 3:18 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire on Tuesday halted months of heavy fighting in Yemen's port city of Hodeida, raising hopes that the latest U.N.-led peace efforts can end the civil war and alleviate the world's worst humanitarian crisis. But the truce in the Red Sea city remains fragile, and it's unclear if...

Major powers report progress on new Syria constitution body

Dec. 18, 2018 12:26 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed Tuesday to facilitate convening the first session of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution early next year, saying they hoped it will lead to the launch of a "viable and lasting" peace process. In a joint statement read out by...

In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down

Dec. 18, 2018 1:14 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As the Middle East ushers in 2019, the decade's ruinous conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq seem to be winding down after exacting a painful price — many thousands killed, millions uprooted from their homes and entire cities reduced to rubble. Yet the potential for unrest...

Cease-fire in Yemen's port goes into force after fighting

Dec. 17, 2018 6:51 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A cease-fire went into force early Tuesday in Yemen's Red Sea port of Hodeida after intense fighting between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels erupted shortly before the U.N.-brokered truce took hold in the contested city, Yemeni officials said. They said artillery shelling and...

Turkey sees 'positive' signals from US on northern Syria

Dec. 17, 2018 2:15 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's leader said Monday he received "positive answers" from President Donald Trump on the situation in northeastern Syria, where Turkey has threatened to launch a new operation against American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkey has vowed to launch a new offensive against the...

Sudan president lands in Syria in 1st visit by Arab leader

Dec. 16, 2018 5:02 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Sudan's president on Sunday became the first Arab League leader to visit Syria since civil war erupted there nearly eight years ago. Omar al-Bashir was greeted at the Damascus airport by Syrian President Bashar Assad before they both headed to the presidential palace, where they held...

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces

Dec. 16, 2018 1:17 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people and wounded two dozen Sunday, activists and local security said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish...

Fighting around Yemen's Hodeida leaves 12 dead, 25 wounded

Dec. 16, 2018 1:02 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighting has erupted between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government near the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida, leaving at least 12 people dead and 25 others wounded from both sides, officials said on Sunday, just two days ahead of the...

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

Dec. 15, 2018 4:12 AM EST

BENTIU, South Sudan (AP) — For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future. Seated at a restaurant in Bentiu town, the 29-year-old teacher said life has started to change "with peace." He is opening a printing shop...

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Dec. 14, 2018 2:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. Although the resolutions are largely...