Latest Syrian civil war News

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Dec. 14, 2018 12:22 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said. The fall of Hajin marks an end to the extremist...

UNICEF: 2 million children in Syria still out of schools

Dec. 13, 2018 1:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Even though Syria's civil war is winding down, 2 million of the country's children are still out of schools and it will likely take years and a lot of funding to help overcome the scars of the seven-year conflict, the head of the U.N. children's agency said Thursday. UNICEF's Executive...

Russia says 114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018

Dec. 11, 2018 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. U.N. agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syria's...

UN sends aid to hundreds of thousands in war-torn Syria

Dec. 9, 2018 10:37 AM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The United Nations has begun sending desperately needed aid from Jordan to hundreds of thousands of civilians in war-torn Syria. The U.N.'s humanitarian office said on Sunday that 369 trucks will carry one month's worth of supplies to Syria. It's the first cross-border aid shipment...

US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

Dec. 7, 2018 4:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday accused forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack. The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured....

Lego Foundation donates $100mln to aid Rohingya, Syrian kids

Dec. 5, 2018 9:10 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The Lego Foundation says it will donate $100 million to U.S. non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop to fund projects aimed at helping young children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and the civil war in Syria. The Danish foundation said Wednesday that the...

Pope lights candle to promote peace in Syria

Dec. 2, 2018 9:14 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lit a candle decorated with the faces of Syrian children suffering from war from his balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square on Sunday, launching a global campaign calling for peace in the country "martyred by a war that has lasted for nearly eight years." Francis told...

Syria state TV says air defenses repelled missile attack

Nov. 29, 2018 4:33 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's air defenses confronted an aerial "aggression" over the country's south late Thursday, shooting down several targets and preventing them from carrying out their mission in the first such attack since Syria received a Russian air defense system last month, state TV said. The...

The Latest: UN and Russia at odds on cross-border Syrian aid

Nov. 29, 2018 3:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in and related to Syria (all times local): 10:40 p.m. The U.N. humanitarian chief is urging the Security Council to approve the "critical" delivery of aid across borders and conflict lines in Syria for another year, but Russia is calling for an "adjustment" to the...

UN: No progress on forming Syria constitutional committee

Nov. 29, 2018 2:00 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's warring sides and the mediators meeting in Kazakhstan failed to agree on the formation of a committee meant to draft a new constitution which is key to ending the seven-year civil war, the U.N. special envoy to Syria said Thursday, calling it a "missed opportunity." Staffan de Mistura...