Latest Syrian civil war News

Militants bomb, derail phosphate train in central Syria

Jul. 21, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's transport ministry said a freight train carrying phosphate derailed and caught fire Sunday after getting hit by explosives planted on the tracks by militants in the country's center. The government-owned train was transporting phosphate from mines in Khunayfis in Homs...

Activists say Russian, Syrian strikes kill 11 in rebel area

Jul. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescuers and activists say 11 civilians, including two families of four, have been killed in government and Russian airstrikes inside Syria's last rebel stronghold. First responders known as White Helmets said airstrikes in Kfarya village Saturday killed a mother, her baby and another...

Stalled Idlib campaign shows limits of Syrian, Russian power

Jul. 13, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two months of intensive airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies, coupled with a fierce ground assault on rebel-controlled Idlib province, have killed hundreds of people and caused massive displacement while achieving little to no gain for President Bashar Assad....

At least 8 killed in Syria government raids on rebel enclave

Jul. 12, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescue workers say at least eight civilians have been killed in government bombing of the country's last rebel stronghold. The strikes Friday included rare air raids on Idlib city, already home to large numbers of people displaced by the 10-week offensive on the rebel-held area. Teams...

Blast in Turkey-administered Syria town kills at least 9

Jul. 11, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A car bomb exploded Thursday at the entrance to a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkish forces and allied Syrian fighters, killing at least nine people, Turkish state media and Syrian rescuers said. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the bomb in a fuel truck exploded in Afrin,...

UN envoy arrives in Syria amid violent clashes in the north

Jul. 9, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a "door opener for the broader political process." Geir Pedersen spoke with reporters in the Syrian capital...

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Jul. 4, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted an Iranian supertanker Thursday that was believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran's crude oil to war-ravaged Syria. A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States. Iran's...

Fighting in northwest Syria kill scores of fighters

Jun. 28, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and insurgents fought fierce battles that left dozens dead in the country's northwest Friday as troops tried to regain control of two villages they lost earlier this month, state media and an opposition war monitor said. Syrian state news agency SANA said the army...

Rights group says Syria co-opting humanitarian efforts

Jun. 28, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies," an international rights group said Friday, calling on donors and investors to ensure their contributions are used for the good of the Syrian people....

US says Syria is stalling peace, urges new way to elections

Jun. 27, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States accused the Syrian government Thursday of stalling political negotiations and called for a new route to U.N.-monitored elections and a nationwide cease-fire that would end the country's eight-year conflict. Acting U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Cohen called for Russia and...