Latest Syria government News

Syria's Assad attends holiday prayers at Damascus mosque

Aug. 21, 2018 3:14 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has attended prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in Damascus, the seat of his power. State-run television showed Assad saluting worshippers as he arrived Tuesday at the al-Rawda mosque and various footage of him praying and talking to people...

US ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

Aug. 17, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners. The State Department said it had notified Congress on Friday that it would not spend...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....

Russia to help restore UN patrols near Syria-Israel frontier

Aug. 14, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

TAL KROUM, Syria (AP) — The Russian military said Tuesday that its forces in Syria will help U.N. peacekeepers fully restore patrols along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, reflecting Moscow's deepening role in mediating between the decades-old foes. The Russian deployment in the area...

Kurds meet with Syrian government to discuss self-rule

Aug. 14, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Representatives from Syria's Kurdish-run northeastern region met with the government in Damascus last week to discuss self-administration in a postwar Syria, a leading Kurdish official said Tuesday. It was the second meeting between the two sides, and they agreed to continue their...

The Latest: UN: More than 130 killed in Syria in recent days

Aug. 13, 2018 1:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 8 p.m. The United Nations says at least 134 people, including many children, were killed over the weekend in northern Syria. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York on Monday that at least 59 civilians, including 17...

Syria vows to help refugees return, wants sanctions lifted

Aug. 13, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government officials vowed Monday to ensure the safe return of refugees and urged Western countries to encourage the process by lifting sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said the refugees' return is a top priority for Damascus, adding that "the Syrian government...

Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries

Aug. 13, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

DOUMA, Syria (AP) — Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland's civil war. One of Syria's most well-known rights activists, she was bold, outspoken and defiantly secular. Perhaps most dangerously, she was impartial. She chanted in protests against President Bashar Assad, but was also...

Syria: At least 22 killed in Idlib and Aleppo airstrikes

Aug. 10, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes on opposition-held territory in northwest Syria killed at least 22 people, a monitoring group said Friday, as the U.N.'s children's agency warned a new battle in the war-torn country could affect the lives of 1 million children. Government forces unleashed a wave of...

Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for reconciliation

Aug. 9, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian military helicopters on Thursday dropped leaflets over parts of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, calling on residents to reconcile with the government as warplanes pounded the region, opposition activists said. The message came as a top humanitarian adviser to the U.N....