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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 …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 3:19 p.m.

White House says Russia sanctions still under consideration

The White House says a decision on new economic sanctions against Russia will be made soon – not committing to an announcement Monday that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had said …


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to …


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.


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Syria’s allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country’s …


Kathleen Parker: The dogs of war are howling

As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

U.N. rejects Russian attempt to condemn U.S. aggression in Syria

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday.


Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before U.N. report

The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that …


European allies France, U.K. gamble, join Trump against Syria

Europe’s two biggest military powers took a gamble in lining up behind U.S. President Donald Trump to bombard Syria. Now they need to make sure it doesn’t backfire.


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Defiant Syrians say West hasn’t shaken their resolve

Hundreds of Syrians poured into the streets of Damascus on Saturday, dancing and chanting in defiance of what they called the West’s “failure” to shake their nation’s resolve with airstrikes …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared “Mission Accomplished” for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left …


Trump uses phrase that haunted Bush: ‘Mission Accomplished!’

As he declares the U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria a success, President Donald Trump is adopting a phrase that a previous president came to regret – “mission accomplished.”


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Trump still mulling Syria strike; Russia assails gas photos

Russia and Britain exchanged sharp accusations Friday over the suspected poison gas attack in Syria, and the U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range as …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, noon

UN chief warns that Mideast ‘chaos’ threatens global peace

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such “chaos” that it has become a threat to international peace and security – and Syria “represents the most …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by U.K.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow’s stern …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Trump: Syria attack ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all,” arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation …


Trump says all calm at White House, vents about Russia probe

President Donald Trump insisted that all was “very calm and calculated” at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russia probe, complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Trump warns Russia: “Get ready” for attack on Syria

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack. Defense Secretary …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Trump and allies mull possible joint response in Syria

Trump administration officials consulted with global allies Tuesday on a possible joint military response to Syria’s alleged poison gas attack, as President Donald Trump canceled a foreign trip in order …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Trump says U.S. has many options in pondering military strike in Syria

President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond “forcefully” to Saturday’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other …


Syrian news reports missile attack; U.S. denies it fired them

Missiles struck an air base in central Syria early Monday, its state-run news agency reported. Although the agency said it was likely “an American aggression,” U.S. officials said the U.S. …