Latest Syria News

Saudi Khashoggi saw Turkey as base for a new Middle East

Oct. 20, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Friends say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a proud Arab who wanted to set up a base in his ancestral homeland of Turkey, contributing to the growing community of exiled Arabs who have taken refuge there. For Khashoggi, a history lover, the growing Arabic community and Turkey's power...

IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

Oct. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that will set free dozens of women related to members of the extremist group, opposition activists said. The women and...

Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

Oct. 19, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and a war monitor say airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on a town held by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded dozens. State news agency SANA said the airstrikes on Sousa Thursday and Friday left several people dead or wounded. The Britain-based Syrian...

Turkey to host four-nation summit on Syria crisis

Oct. 19, 2018 12:32 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A summit between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia will be held in Istanbul this month to discuss the conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to the war in the Arab country, a Turkish official said Friday. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, in a written...

UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law

Oct. 18, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win — even in Syria." Jan Egeland...

The Latest: Putin: Iran pullout contingent on Syria security

Oct. 18, 2018 11:09 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia President Vladimir Putin's comments (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says any talks about the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria would be contingent on providing security guarantees for Syria. Putin said Thursday that Russia helped...

UN Syria envoy to try to move on constitution before leaving

Oct. 17, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said Wednesday that he will make a final effort before stepping down next month to advance toward a new constitution for Syria — a key step in ending the country's civil war. De Mistura announced at the end of a Security Council briefing...

Analysis: Trump's Saudi bet has become much riskier

Oct. 17, 2018 9:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump put a big and risky bet on Saudi Arabia and its 33-year-old crown prince. It's now become much riskier. From the early days of his presidency, Trump and his foreign policy team embraced the kingdom and Mohammed bin Salman as the anchors of their entire Middle East...

Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

Oct. 17, 2018 7:52 AM EDT

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication. ___ President Donald Trump: How is the business of the news?...

Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump

Oct. 17, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. "OFF THE RECORD" indicates where portions of the interview occurred that were not for publication. ___ President Donald Trump: How is the business of the news?...