Latest Syrian armed forces News

Syria says Israeli airstrike on military position wounds 6

Apr. 13, 2019 4:23 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria's state news agency SANA reported. SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the airstrike near the town of Masyaf, in Hama province, hit a...

Militants kill 3 Syrian troops, bomb US-led coalition patrol

Apr. 9, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic militants in Syria, disguised as farmers and wearing suicide belts, attacked a military post belonging to government forces on Tuesday in the country's northwest, setting off clashes that killed three soldiers, state media reported. In a separate attack in the country's northeast,...

Putin says Russia helped locate Israeli soldier's remains

Apr. 4, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin told Israel's visiting prime minister on Thursday that the Russian military helped locate the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 with Syrian assistance, while Damascus denied any knowledge of the matter. The recovery of Zachary Baumel's remains closed a...

Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle back home

Mar. 31, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and find work. Instead, Mehdi ended up fighting in Syria's civil war, a conflict he had nothing to do with,...

Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as Iran's pawns

Mar. 31, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Where he ended up was entirely different: On the battlefields of Syria's civil war, in a militia created by Iran. Mehdi was one of tens of thousands of...

Russia says 3 of its soldiers killed in Syria

Mar. 25, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says three of its servicemen have been killed in an ambush in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday that the three soldiers died when militants ambushed their vehicle in late February in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. The ministry says the...

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...

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 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...