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UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 9:57 a.m.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor.


Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt

For the first time in more than seven years, the Syrian government raised its flag Thursday over Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad in 2011 and …


U.S. warns Syrian government not to advance on south

The United States warned it would take “firm and appropriate measures” to protect a cease-fire in southern Syria if President Bashar Assad’s forces move against rebels there.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

Unprecedented tension between Iran and Israel

In the escalating confrontation between Israel and Iran, Israel’s defense minister called on Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Friday to rid his country of Iranian forces based there – warning …


Israel calls on Syria’s Assad to ‘get rid’ of Iranian forces

Israel’s defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to “get rid” of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble.


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons.


Josh Rogin: Trump strikes Syria – but Assad’s war crimes continue

The Trump administration is declaring victory after striking three Syrian government chemical weapons sites. But the White House hasn’t learned the lessons of last year’s “pinprick” strikes on the Assad …


Hunger at the doors of Damascus, as government blocks aid

At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad’s forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking …


Syria’s government team won’t talk with opposition in Geneva

Syria’s government team at the U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva said on Thursday that there will be no dialogue with the opposition as long as it insists on the removal …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:45 a.m.

Syria gov’t envoy blasts ‘irresponsible’ opposition comments

The head of Syria’s government delegation on Friday blasted the opposition for statements made ahead of the current round of talks in Geneva, saying there can be no progress in …


Opposition calls for direct talks with Syria government

Syria opposition representatives meeting in the Saudi Arabian capital called Thursday for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Syrian government over the more than 6-year civil war that would lead …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 8:16 a.m.

Syria’s Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked to come to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by Russia, Iran and Turkey as Russia prepares to scale …


Tillerson again insists Syrian leader Assad must go

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doubled down Thursday on Washington’s call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, looking past recent battlefield gains by his Russian-backed forces to …


Turkey’s president announces operation in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey’s president announced Saturday that the country has launched a “serious” operation in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for de-escalation in the war-torn …


U.N. envoy calls for new round of Syria talks in about a month

The U.N.’s top envoy for Syria announced Wednesday that new talks between Syria’s government and opposition will take place “in about a month” and said this eighth round must finally …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 7:20 p.m.

Aleppo still badly scarred by war, months after rebel defeat

“Aleppo is in my eyes,” says a billboard depicting President Bashar Assad looking out over two men and a boy repaving the main Saadallah al-Jabiri Square – once a front …


U.N. probe finds Syrian government behind April sarin attack

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force conducted a sarin-gas attack that killed at least 83 civilians in April, one of 20 chemical weapons attacks perpetrated by the Syrian government in …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

Syrian troops breach 3-year IS siege on eastern city

Syrian troops and allied forces reached the eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Tuesday, breaching a three-year-old Islamic State siege on parts of the contested city near the Iraqi border, …


What sanctions? Assad allies got $18 million in U.N. Syria payouts

The United Nations paid at least $18 million last year to companies with close ties to Bashar Assad, some of them run by cronies of the Syrian president who are …


Syria says shells hit Russian embassy compound

Shells hit the Syrian capital of Damascus Sunday wounding seven while two of the projectiles hit the Russian embassy and a nearby area causing material damage, state media said.


Tillerson ready to let Russia decide Assad’s fate

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a private State Department meeting last week that the fate of Syrian leader Bashar Assad now lies …


Syrian President Bashar Assad will be face of new bank note

A new 2,000 Syrian Lira ($3.9) bank note with the face of President Bashar Assad will go into circulation Sunday, the Syrian Central Bank announced.


White House warns Syria’s Assad against chemical attack

The White House issued a stern warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday night as it claimed “potential” evidence that Syria was preparing for another chemical weapons attack.


Krauthammer: Pay attention to Syria tipping point

We need a national debate before we commit too deeply. Perhaps we might squeeze one in amid the national obsession with every James Comey memo-to-self.


Syrian troops advance against Islamic State

Syrian government forces are marching toward the last town held by the Islamic State group in the central province of Homs in the latest push by President Bashar Assad’s troops …


US-led coalition strikes pro-Assad forces in Syria

The Pentagon says the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has struck what it calls pro-government forces in Syria.


Putin: Syria chemical attack was provocation against Assad

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Friday that the Syrian leader didn’t use chemical weapons against his people, saying the recent attack that killed scores of civilians …


Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria

The presidents of Russia and Turkey said on Wednesday they support the creation of safe zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks …


UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Defense Secretary Mattis: Syria still has chemical weapons

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 3:19 p.m.

After U.S. strikes, Trump’s Syria plan starts coming into view

Though still evolving, President Donald Trump’s plans for Syria have come into clearer view since he ordered cruise missiles fired on a Syrian air base to punish Assad for a …