Latest Syria government News

Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria

Jun. 19, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

AL-BAB, Syria (AP) — A newly paved road links the Turkish town of Elbeyli to the Syrian town of al-Bab, across the border. In al-Bab, Turkish and Syrian flags line the streets, and signs on government buildings are in Arabic and Turkish. One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the...

Syrian army drops leaflets over southern region amid tension

Jun. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets Tuesday over rebel-held parts of the country's south calling on civilians to help the military clear the area of militants amid an increase of violence in the region that was among the first to rise against the government seven years ago. The...

Iraq Foreign Ministry condemns strikes it says killed Iraqis

Jun. 19, 2018 7:10 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq condemned on Tuesday the targeting of pro-Syria paramilitary troops in eastern Syria after an airstrike killed mostly Iraqi Shiite forces deployed to fight the Islamic State group. In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry expressed "rejection and condemnation of airstrikes targeting...

US-led coalition hits Syrian army post, causing casualties

Jun. 18, 2018 12:11 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that the U.S.-led coalition has struck a military position in the country's east, leaving several troops dead and wounded. The report early Monday says the airstrike occurred around midnight in the village of al-Hari near the town of Boukamal. It gave no breakdown...

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Jun. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is...

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

Jun. 15, 2018 7:59 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Eid al-Fitr (all times local): 3 p.m. Syrian activists say two people were killed when the government shelled a cemetery where they were visiting the graves of their relatives on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Mahmoud al-Hamawi says three others were...

Assad says Iran's presence in Syria is not negotiable

Jun. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad says Iran's presence in Syria and its relations with Damascus are not negotiable and repeated the assertion that Iran has no fixed bases in Syria. In an interview with Iran's Al Alam TV broadcast Wednesday night, he says reaching a settlement in the southwestern...

The Latest: Russia says it and Syrians stop rebel advance

Jun. 11, 2018 10:17 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): Russia's military says Syrian forces backed by Russia aircraft turned back an attempt by a large group of rebels advancing toward the city of Palmyra. Five rebels were killed in the Monday morning clash near Al-Tanf, said a statement from the...

Assad says West is fueling Syria war, hoping to topple him

Jun. 10, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Sunday that the West is fueling the devastating war in his country, now in its eighth year, with the aim of toppling him. Assad told The Mail on Sunday that Western nations have lied about chemical attacks in Syria and supported...

Rare tensions between Assad's backers as Syria's war unwinds

Jun. 9, 2018 2:24 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Russian force deployment on the Syria-Lebanon border this week in a Hezbollah stronghold sparked protests by the Lebanese militant group, prompting the force to withdraw from its positions only a day later in a rare sign of tension between the allies. The Russian move was not expected as...