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Report: U.S.-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria

At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were killed Saturday by U.S.-led airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a war monitor and …


Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing …


Ex-IS captive says son died in her lap from militant fire

A Syrian woman captured by Islamic State militants said her 8-year-old son died in her lap after the extremists shot him and his cousin during a military operation to liberate …


IS gunmen kill 40 US-backed fighters in eastern Syria

The Islamic State group killed at least 40 U.S.-backed Syrian fighters, captured several alive and regained areas they lost earlier this month in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border in …


IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

The Islamic State group early Saturday released two women and four children they had been holding since July in the first part of an exchange with the Syrian government that …


Reports: Dozens killed or wounded in east Syria airstrikes

Syrian state media and a war monitor say airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition on a town held by the Islamic State group have killed and wounded dozens.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Syria FM: Victory over ‘terrorism’ is near, US must leave

Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” …


Israeli delegation in Moscow to share data on plane downing

A high-level Israeli military delegation visited Moscow on Thursday to present detailed information related to the downing of a Russian warplane by Syrian forces that responded to an Israeli air …


Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel …


U.S. warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will …


Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria’s Assad

In cities and towns across Syria’s last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad’s government in defiance of an expected offensive …


U.S. lacks leverage as assault on Syrian enclave looms

Despite dire U.S. warnings and fears of a humanitarian disaster, the Trump administration has little leverage to stop Russia, Iran and Syria pressing ahead with a massive military assault against …


Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

Syrian government and Russian warplanes on Saturday targeted the southern edge of Idlib province in what activists described as the most intense airstrikes in weeks, ratcheting up military pressure on …


Back to school, but not for all of Syria’s children

With fewer areas in active combat in Syria, more children are going back to school this year, the Syrian government said, putting the number at 4 million.


Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in a high stakes summit on Syria

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in a high stakes summit in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

White House warns Syria against chemical weapons use

The White House warned Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Tuesday that if he chooses to use chemical weapons, the U.S. and its allies “will respond swiftly and appropriately,” pushing back …


Syria rebels destroy bridges in anticipation of offensive

Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday linking areas they control to government-held territories in northwestern Syria in anticipation of a military offensive against their last stronghold in the country, …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 8:11 p.m.

U.S. ends Syria stabilization funding, cites more allied cash

The Trump administration is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as it moves to extricate the U.S. from the conflict, citing increased contributions from anti-Islamic State coalition partners.


Blast in northern Syria kills at least 36; cause unclear

An explosion in northern Syria killed at least 36 people Sunday and wounded many others, but the cause of the blast wasn’t immediately known, opposition activists said.


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.


Syria revels in recapture of town near Israel-occupied Golan

Syrian government officials and lawmakers celebrated Friday with music and an official flag raising ceremony the recapture of this symbolic southern town adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from armed …


IS fighters ambush city, villages in southern Syria

Islamic State fighters ambushed a city and several villages in southern Syria on Wednesday, triggering ferocious clashes between residents and the militants that provincial health officials said killed more than …


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 …