Latest Syria News

Fighting rages after Syria rebels retake northwest village

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters said Wednesday they recaptured a village on the edge of their stronghold in northwestern Syria that had been seized two weeks earlier by government forces in an offensive that wrecked a months-old cease-fire in the densely populated area. State TV Al-Ikhbariya later...

UN envoy: Islamic State revival in Iraq must be prevented

May. 21, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq called Tuesday for "wide-based international support" to prevent Islamic State extremists from regaining a foothold in the country. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert also told the Security Council that if the issue of thousands of returning Islamic State fighters and...

Russia: Militants in Syria launch attack, have toxic agents

May. 21, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said al-Qaida-linked militants in northwestern Syria launched an attack on Syrian government forces Tuesday, including with tanks. Maj. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said the Syrian army was fighting back...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Amid Iran tensions, a look at Mideast's powers and proxies

May. 20, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

As long-simmering tensions heat up between the United States and Iran in the Middle East, a look at the various countries or players involved, and what could happen: UNITED STATES The U.S. has tens of thousands of troops scattered across military bases in the Middle East. It recently sent the USS Abraham Lincoln...

IS claims bomb attack targeting US-backed force in Syria

May. 20, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for a U.S.-backed force in Syria says a suicide bomber from the Islamic State extremist group detonated his explosives on a road in northern Syria, targeting a joint convoy belonging to the force and the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition. Mustafa Bali is a spokesman for the Kurdish-led...

Russia says Syrian government forces halt fire in Idlib

May. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Syrian government forces have unilaterally ceased fire in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold, Russia said Sunday, while opposition activists reported continued shelling and airstrikes. Fighting erupted in Idlib late last month, effectively shattering a cease-fire...

Report: 'Foreign bodies' enter Syrian airspace from Israel

May. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that "foreign bodies" have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country's south. The late Saturday report on state news agency SANA comes a day after a similar incident that caused loud explosions in Damascus SANA said Syrian defenses were...

Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy

May. 18, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly beaten....

Explosions near Syrian capital in apparent Israeli strikes

May. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state media reported. State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as...