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Israel shoots down Syrian jet; Syrian forces reach Golan

Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had breached its airspace on Tuesday while advancing Syrian government forces retaking territory from rebels reached the Golan Heights frontier for …


UPDATED: Sun., July 22, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Syrian White Helmets evacuated to Jordan through Israel

The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in …


New evacuations in southwest Syria as offensive continues

A new group of rebels and their families began evacuating Saturday from the country’s southwest, activists and Syrian media said, where the government has gained new ground in its ongoing …


Syrian government, rebels clash over recon base near Israel

Syrian rebels and government forces clashed over a reconnaissance point near the frontier with Israel, a monitoring group said Monday, as the government pressed forward with military operations in the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

Home may be forever lost for displaced within Syria

JARABLUS, Syria – When Hikmat’s mother managed to sneak back into their home city of Aleppo, now controlled by government forces, she found a single word spray-painted in red on …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Syrian troops celebrate recapture of Jordan border crossing

Syrian soldiers fanned out across towns and villages in southern Syria on Saturday, celebrating the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan by raising portraits of President Bashar Assad …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 12:19 p.m.

Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan

Syrian government forces recaptured a vital border crossing with Jordan on Friday and raised the national flag for the first time in years, restoring sovereignty over a key region and …


Watchdog group says Syrians uncovering IS mass graves need help

Syrians working to uncover mass graves in an area once ruled by the Islamic State group need help to preserve evidence, identify human remains and shed more light on the …


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, …