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Turkish army and allies in ‘total control’ of Syria’s Afrin

The Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters it backs have “total control” of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to the country’s official news agency on Saturday, …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 2:50 p.m.

Hundreds gather to leave second pocket in Syria’s Ghouta

Hundreds of members of a rebel group and their relatives boarded 17 buses in preparation to leave eastern Ghouta to opposition-held areas north of the country Saturday as part of …


Deal reached to evacuate second pocket of Syria’s Ghouta

An agreement was reached Friday to evacuate the second of three pockets held by opposition fighters east of the capital Damascus hours after the main rebel group in the area …


Trudy Rubin: Putin is testing Trump on Syria. Is he even aware?

Want to view the costs of President Donald Trump’s persistent pursuit of Vladimir Putin? Look no further than Syria, where the Kremlin is determined to drive out U.S. forces that …


Defeated rebels begin leaving enclave near Syrian capital

Carrying their light arms, hundreds of defeated rebels began evacuating with their families Thursday from a devastated town in eastern Ghouta, an effective surrender under a deal with the government …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Rocket attack on Syrian capital kills 35 people

Rockets fired on a market in a government-controlled neighborhood of Damascus on Tuesday killed 35 people and wounded more than 20 others, Syrian state-run media said, marking one of the …


EU criticizes Turkey’s offensive in Syrian town of Afrin

The European Union’s top diplomat criticized Turkey on Monday over its military offensive in a northern Syrian town, calling on Ankara to ensure that fighting eases in the conflict-torn country.


UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Turkey forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta

Syrian troops captured a major rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus Saturday and took large parts of another, squeezing insurgents and forcing thousands to flee to regions controlled by …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 2:17 p.m.

At least 100 killed in Syria attacks as more people flee

Airstrikes in Syria killed more than 100 people Friday as civilians, weary and many wounded, fled besieged areas for the second straight day.


Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military …


Seven years on, Syrians despair over a country in pieces

For Syrians marking seven years of war, their country has never looked as helpless or fragmented.


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Turkish forces surround Kurdish town in northern Syria

Turkey said Tuesday its troops and allied Syrian fighters have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians under siege and marking a …


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

U.S. woman trapped in Syria’s Ghouta wants action from Trump

An American woman living in the besieged suburbs of the Syrian capital on Monday called on President Donald Trump to put more pressure on Russia to “stop bombing us” amid …


More civilians leave Syrian rebel enclave as army advances

A small group of Syrian civilians left the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus on Monday while the area’s largest armed rebel group said it agreed with …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:42 a.m.

Pentagon head warns Syrian forces on use of chemical weapons

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday warned the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and said the Trump administration has made it clear that …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

Aid delivered to Syria’s Ghouta amid renewed violence

An aid convoy crossed into the embattled rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Friday, delivering desperately needed aid despite heavy fighting that broke out “extremely close” to the convoy and renewed …


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 11:21 a.m.

Reports: Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital

Government forces carried out punishing airstrikes against an opposition-held suburb of Damascus Wednesday, seeking to divide the besieged enclave in two and further squeeze rebels and tens of thousands of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Russian cargo plane crashes in Syria, 39 dead

A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

U.N. begins aid delivery to rebel-held suburbs of Damascus

Desperate for food and medicine, Syrian civilians in the war-ravaged eastern suburbs of Damascus hoped for relief Monday as a 46-truck aid convoy began entering the rebel stronghold, the first …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 9:52 a.m.

Syrian troops advance in rebel-held region near capital

Syrian troops and allied militias have captured a number of villages and towns in a rebel-held region near the capital, in the largest advance since a wide-scale offensive began last …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Turkey tightens its grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey’s prime minister said Saturday that Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening its grip on Kurdish militia in the sixth week …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 10:24 a.m.

U.S., Russia clash over blame for Syria chemical attacks

The United States and Russia are again clashing over an expert body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria, with Washington circulating a new draft U.N. resolution and Moscow …


U.N. official: Pauses in Syria suburb unilateral, ‘not enough’

The five-hour daily pauses in fighting in Syria’s embattled eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus – laid out under a “unilateral” plan by Russia – are not enough to take …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Russia and Syria clash with U.S. and West on Syria cease-fire

Russia and Syria clashed with the U.S. and its Western allies Wednesday over responsibility for the failure of a cease-fire to take hold in Syria as the U.N. said humanitarian …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

U.N. experts: North Korea sent banned chemical items to Syria

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. experts say North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of U.N. sanctions, and …


U.S. general: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria

Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in …


Czechs release Syrian Kurdish politician, angering Turkey

A Czech court ruled on Tuesday that the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party detained by authorities in Prague will be released from detention despite Turkey’s request for his …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Two lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge

Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh …


Turkey formally requests Syrian Kurdish leader’s extradition

Turkey has submitted documents to the Czech authorities formally requesting the extradition of the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday.