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Russian talks with rebels over south Syria collapse

Negotiations between the Russians and Syrian rebels to end days of violence in the country’s south collapsed Saturday after opposition forces rejected surrender conditions proposed by Moscow, a rebel spokesman …


Watchdog gets authority to assign blame in chemical attacks

Member nations of the global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday voted to give the organization the authority to apportion blame for attacks, expanding its powers following a bitter dispute between …


Fighting in Syria’s south escalates, displaces 50,000 people

Fighting escalated in southern Syria as government forces on Tuesday pushed deeper into rebel-held territories in Daraa province in a weeklong offensive that the United Nations estimates has displaced up …


Russia says evidence of Syria chemical attacks was faked

Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians.


Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world’s oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious …


Watchdog: Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria in March 2017

The global chemical weapons watchdog says the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria in late March 2017.


Airstrike on rebel-held northwestern Syrian village kills 35

Warplanes attacked a rebel-held northwestern village in Syria, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more, including children, in one of the deadliest incidents in that part of the …


Putin: Russia military not building long-term in Syria

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia has no plans to pull its military out of Syria, but isn’t building permanent facilities there.


Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate U.S.-Turkey deal

An American-backed Syrian Kurdish militia said Tuesday it will leave the strategic town of Manbij under a delicate U.S.-Turkey deal that could ease tensions between the NATO allies and force …


Syria FM: Iran has no combat forces, bases in the country

Syria’s foreign minister said Saturday Iranian military advisers are embedded with Syrian troops but Tehran has no combat forces or fixed bases in the country.


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.


Report: Airstrikes on Syria pro-government positions kill 12

Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led …


Syrian official rejects U.S. demand for Iranian withdrawal

Syria on Wednesday dismissed American calls for the withdrawal of Iranian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah militants from the war-torn country.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 11:37 a.m.

Syria says capital is free of militants after defeat of IS

Syria’s military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government …


Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Syria’s Assad meets with Putin in Russia

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.


Monitor: 42 killed by Israeli strikes in Syria this week

A wave of Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians, a Syria war monitor reported Saturday.


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: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

Israel hits dozens of Iranian targets in Syria after barrage

The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran’s military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 2:55 p.m.

Syrian TV reports Israeli attack near capital Damascus

Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack …


Airstrikes kill 23 in IS-held territory in Syria

Airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians on Tuesday in one of the last pockets of Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria, according to Syrian state media and an opposition-linked monitoring group, …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Trump administration struggles to win Arab support for helping rebuild Syria, leaving U.S. pullout uncertain

The Trump administration is struggling to assemble a coalition of Arab military forces to replace U.S. troops battling Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a roadblock that could indefinitely delay …


Reports: Fighting near Syrian capital kills, wounds dozens

Fighting between Syrian troops and Islamic State group fighters in southern neighborhoods of the capital Damascus left dozens of people dead or wounded on Friday, according to a war monitor …


Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader

One month ago President Donald Trump surprised many, including some in his own administration, by announcing, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take …


Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria’s Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government’s chemical …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 8:17 a.m.

U.N. officials in Sweden for talks on North Korea, Syria

The U.N. secretary-general and Security Council officials were meeting in Sweden on Saturday to discuss a range of international issues, including developments on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria.


Pentagon: Sarin likely at Syria sites, but questions remain

The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria – the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

Syria envoy says U.N. security team visits alleged attack site

Syrian media said international chemical weapons inspectors on Tuesday entered the town of Douma, where an alleged poison gas attack was carried out earlier this month, but a Syrian diplomat …