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War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case

Syrians rushed to stock up on food and fuel Monday amid fears that authorities would resort to even stricter measures after reporting the first coronavirus infection in the country, where …


Turkey vows strong military action if Syria truce violated

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that his military would launch its harshest retaliation yet if the Syrian government breaks a fragile truce in Idlib province brokered last week.


Turkey’s leader presses EU for help amid migrant standoff

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the European Union on Monday for more help caring for Syrian refugees after EU officials accused him of “blackmail” for waving migrants through to …


Truce brings some relief but no joy for Syrians in Idlib

Activists report an absence of Russian and Syrian government warplanes in Idlib after a cease-fire deal has halted a terrifying bombing campaign in the last rebel stronghold in Syria


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Russia, Turkey reach cease-fire deal in northwestern Syria

The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreement on a cease-fire to begin at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from …


Russia-Turkey talks a last chance to avert Idlib calamity

A summit between the Turkish and Russian leaders on Thursday may be the last chance to work out a deal that avoids further calamity in Syria’s northwest.


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Turkey shoots down two Syrian warplanes

BEIRUT – Turkey shot down two warplanes and inflicted heavy losses on ground forces in northwestern Syria on Sunday as the two countries edged closer to an all-out war. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

Turkey, Russia talk tensions in Syria as migrants push west

The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke by phone Friday to try to defuse tensions that rose significantly in Syria after 33 Turkish troops were killed in a Syrian government …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

33 Turkish soldiers killed in northwest Syria air strike

A Turkish offical says 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian government forces in northeast Syria


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Syrian father teaches daughter to laugh when the bombs fall

Syrian father Abdullah Mohammed would do anything for his 3-year-old daughter Salwa – even forcing himself to laugh with her at the sound of exploding bombs


Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. Russian and U.S. convoys crisscross each other on remote …


Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria

A Syrian passenger jet landed in Aleppo on Wednesday from Damascus as domestic flights resumed between Syria’s two largest cities for the first time since 2012, while the government continued …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

The United Nations human rights chief urged Syrian government forces and their allies Tuesday to allow safe corridors in conflict areas in northwestern Syria, where a military offensive has unleashed …


After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a …


Trump calls on Russia to stop supporting ‘atrocities’ in Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Russia to stop its support for what he called the Syrian government’s “atrocities” in the country’s conflict. In a statement released …


Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria’s Idlib

Turkey’s foreign minister says a Turkish delegation will hold talks in Russia on Monday on the situation in Syria’s Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

U.S. troops clash with pro-government group in northeast Syria

A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern …


Rebels shoot down Syrian helicopter as fighting intensifies

Rebels shot down a Syrian military helicopter in northern Syria on Tuesday, killing its crew members in a fiery crash, while the government kept up its relentless bombing campaign on …


Syrian advance sends hundreds of thousands fleeing in Idlib

Turkey on Friday sent more troops and tanks to bolster its military presence in northwestern Syria, where President Bashar Assad’s forces have been advancing in a devastating, Russian-backed offensive that …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

UN chief warns ‘a wind of madness is sweeping the globe’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday that “a wind of madness is sweeping the globe,” pointing to escalating conflicts from Libya and Yemen to Syria and beyond.


‘Sesame Street’ comforts children displaced by Syrian war

“Sesame Street” in the past year has tackled everything from foster care to substance abuse. Now its latest effort is trying to help children suffering as a result of the …


UN report lays out agonies faced by Syrian children amid war

A new report by U.N.-backed investigators into Syria’s war is for the first time focusing solely on the plight of the children caught up in the conflict: rape of girls, …


US allies fear Mideast strategy vacuum that Putin can fill

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a busy week, stepping into the aftermath of the American drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Putin’s visit Tuesday to Syria was …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia vowed Monday to retaliate for U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 of its fighters and wounded dozens, raising concerns of new attacks …


Relief group: 216,000 have fled homes in northwest Syria

More than 200,000 men, women and children fled their homes in northwest Syria in buses, trucks and cars in recent weeks, amid intense air and ground bombardment by government forces, …


Syrian army captures village, missile kills 8 civilians

Syrian activists say a missile has struck a school building in northwestern Syria, killing eight civilians, including five children and a woman.


Residents of NW Syria flee new government offensive

Syrian government forces pressed ahead Monday with a new military assault on the country’s last rebel stronghold that began last week. The offensive has triggered a mass exodus of civilians …


Congress takes aim at Syrian war crimes, Russian aggression

Congress has ratcheted up pressure on Syria, Russia and China while making it more difficult for the Trump administration to reduce commitments to allies from Europe to Asia.


Russia eyes major commercial projects in Syria

Russia is considering a slew of major commercial projects in Syria, a senior Russian official said Tuesday.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Officials: Germany foils alleged attack plan after US tip

German special police forces arrested a Syrian man in a raid on his apartment Tuesday after receiving intelligence from American officials that he was planning an extremist attack, authorities said.