Latest Syrian armed forces News

Syria army widens offensive on rebel-held areas in southwest

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government troops advanced on rebel-held areas in the country's southwestern region amid intense clashes Saturday, state media and opposition activists said, in a widening offensive that has shattered a U.S.-backed truce. Syrian State news agency SANA reported fierce clashes in...

Activists: Syrian government steps up offensive in southwest

Jun. 22, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces kept up their pressure on the country's strategic southwest on Friday, using artillery, airstrikes and dropping barrel bombs that targeted rebel-held parts of the region, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 12 barrel...

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...

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...

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...

US, Russian military leaders meet in Finland for talks

Jun. 8, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The top U.S. military chief met Friday in Finland with his Russian counterpart to exchange views on U.S.-Russia military relations, Syria and the international security situation. The meeting between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Russia's chief of the...

Syrian Kurdish leader: No Turkish or allied forces in Manbij

Jun. 7, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — No Turkish troops or allied Syrian fighters will deploy inside the strategic Syrian town of Manbij following a Turkish-U.S. deal that is expected to see the local U.S.-backed Kurdish militia pull out of the area, the head of the local military council said Thursday. The comments by the head...

Putin says Russian military not building long-term in Syria

Jun. 7, 2018 2:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian troops will remain in Syria as long as Moscow thinks it's necessary, but Russia isn't building permanent facilities in the only Middle East country where it has a military foothold, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in his annual marathon call-in show. The troops "will stay there...