Latest Syria government News

Troops celebrate as US-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

Mar. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in...

The Latest: Russia defense minister meets with Syria's Assad

Mar. 19, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Defense Ministry said that during Tuesday's visit, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and...

For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

Mar. 12, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — While the final battle to retake the Islamic State group's last pocket of territory rages in eastern Syria, violence is escalating in the country's northwest, pitting al-Qaida-linked militants against Syrian government forces. The alarming violence in the Idlib region threatens to unravel a...

UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

Mar. 11, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's...

Cheney criticized Trump foreign policy in closed-door event

Mar. 11, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy, even comparing it with that of former President Barack Obama, in a striking rebuke of the president by a member of his own party. Speaking with Vice President Mike Pence this weekend at a closed-door...

US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on Islamic State

Mar. 10, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Sunday, lighting the skies over the besieged village as artillery shelling and heavy gunfire rang out in the distance. Warplanes and drones circled over the...

The Latest: US-backed Syrian fighters to resume attack on IS

Mar. 10, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed force fighting the Islamic State group says a deadline for the extremists to surrender has ended and the Kurdish-led force will resume its attack on the last area held by the...

US-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against IS

Mar. 9, 2019 12:34 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume an offensive against the Islamic State group in the last area they control in Syria, an official said Saturday, adding that the battle against the extremists is expected to take three days. Aras Orkesh of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces...

Syria rejects watchdog report saying chlorine used in Douma

Mar. 7, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's government has strongly criticized a report issued by the global chemical weapons watchdog that said chlorine was likely used as a weapon in a deadly attack on the Syrian town of Douma last year. In a statement Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the report was "full...