Syrian state TV: Drone destroyed over Damascus suburb
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV is reporting that a drone was destroyed over a suburb of the capital, Damascus.
The broadcast gave no further details about Thursday night's incident...
UN faces rival cease-fire resolutions in Syrian rebel area
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is facing rival resolutions calling for a cease-fire in Syria's last rebel stronghold in Idlib, "to avoid a further deterioration of the already...
US warns businesses against taking part in Damascus fair
BEIRUT (AP) — The United States warned businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in the Syrian capital opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the...
Israel says it thwarts imminent Iranian attack from Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military attacked targets near Damascus late Saturday in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an...
Syrian troops surround Turkish post in country’s northwest
MOREK, Syria (AP) — A heavily fortified Turkish observation post in the northwestern village of Morek stood surrounded on all sides by Syrian troops Saturday, a testament to the rapid advance of...
Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian authorities opened Thursday a "humanitarian corridor" so civilians from a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave and move to parts of the...
Syrian troops capture key village in rebel-held Idlib
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces captured an important village in the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday, drawing close to a major town in the last rebel stronghold in the country,...
Report: Blast at Syrian air base kills 26 soldiers
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian pro-government newspaper is reporting 26 soldiers, including seven officers, have been killed in an explosion blamed on a technical error in central...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Mohammed Haji Abed drives his yellow taxi through the busy streets of the Syrian capital for about 12 hours a day, toiling in the sweltering summer heat but earning barely...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state media is reporting an Israeli attack on the country's southern province of Daraa, saying it did not inflict any casualties.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter expressing his "profound concern" for the humanitarian situation in Syria and in particular the plight of civilians...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said "solid progress" was made following discussions with officials in the Syrian capital Wednesday, adding that talks are "very close to...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N.'s special envoy for Syria said Tuesday he is looking forward to constructive discussions with Syrian officials on the formation of a constitutional committee as a...
Omani foreign minister makes rare visit to Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Oman's foreign minister made a rare visit to Syria on Sunday to discuss with President Bashar Assad ways of restoring stability and security in the region.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near Damascus killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media...
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a bomb exploded in a car in Damascus, wounding a woman and her son. Activist groups said the victims were the wife and son of a pro-government...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that "foreign bodies" have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country's south.
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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's Transport Ministry says Iraqi Airways is set to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time since the war there erupted in 2011.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is scrambling to deal with its worst fuel crisis since the war began in 2011, aggravated by U.S. sanctions targeting oil shipments to Damascus.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a visiting North Korea delegation has expressed interest in helping Damascus with reconstruction efforts.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday accused the United State and the European Union of practicing "economic terrorism" against his country by imposing what he...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run media say a bomb has killed a civilian and wounded five other people in a Damascus neighborhood.
The official SANA news agency says the bomb had been...
Report: Over 4,300 vacate Syria displaced camp
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that more than 4,300 residents of a remote displaced people's camp near the border with Jordan have returned to government-controlled areas...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria early Saturday wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings, Syria's state news agency SANA...
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. military said Monday that it is not preventing Syrians from leaving a remote displacement camp near an American base in Syria and is urging Russia and Damascus to help...
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin told Israel's visiting prime minister on Thursday that the Russian military helped locate the remains of an Israeli soldier missing since 1982 with Syrian...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Thursday that the Trump administration "lies" all the time about withdrawing its troops from the country, and that its decision to recognize...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Thousands of Syrians gathered Tuesday in different cities to protest President Donald Trump's formal recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew...
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):
Russia's defense minister has visited Damascus to deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while...
Assad: Only the state can protect groups in northern Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Only the Syrian state can protect groups in northern Syria and the army will "liberate every inch of Syria" from foreign troops, Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday.
He did not specifically mention the planned withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from northern Syria, but in a televised speech in Damascus he said no one should bet on protection from the Americans.
Rights groups hail arrest of 3 Syrian torture suspects
BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups on Wednesday hailed the arrests in Europe of three suspects in bloody secret police crackdowns on Syrian opposition activists, including a senior figure in the Syrian security service alleged to have run a facility where detainees were systematically tortured.
Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties.
SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post.
Last month, the Israeli military confirmed attacking Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
Aid convoy headed to isolated Syrian camp near Jordan
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are dispatching more than 100 trucks of humanitarian aid from Damascus to Syrians stranded near the border with Jordan.
The convoy is described in a statement Wednesday by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as the largest to reach more than 40,000 residents of the Rukban camp. It's carrying food, medicine and educational materials.
Legislator blasts verdict blaming Syria for journalist death
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A U.S. court verdict that blamed the Syrian government for the killing of an American journalist was based on "fortune telling" rather than an investigation in accordance with the law, a senior Syrian legislator said Friday.
Syria's deputy Parliament Speaker Najdat Anzour reiterated to The Associated Press previous statements by government officials that Marie Colvin had entered the country illegally.
Syria air defenses target suspected drones over Russia base
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria state media said Sunday the country's air defense systems intercepted and destroyed three "hostile" targets over a Russian air base in the country's coastal region.
There were no more details about the suspected attack or who was behind it, but it comes amid rising violations of a cease-fire in Syria's west negotiated by Turkey and Russia and in place since September.
Syria wants Turkish withdrawal to revive security agreement
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria called on Turkey on Saturday to withdraw its troops from Syria's northern territories and end support for armed opposition groups in order to revive a two-decade-old bilateral security agreement.
Russia has encouraged Turkey and Syria to refer to the 1998 treaty to deal with security concerns along their shared borders in the wake of a planned U.S troop withdrawal from northern Syria.
Fire kills 7 siblings in Syrian capital Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Seven siblings were asleep in their apartment in the Syrian capital when a fire broke out and spread quickly, suffocating six in their bedroom and burning to death the seventh, a girl, who was stuck under a false ceiling that collapsed as she tried to flee, first responders said.
Syria: Blast in coastal city of Latakia kills 1
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a busy intersection in the coastal city of Latakia on Tuesday, killing a civilian and wounding 14, Syrian state-run media said.
The blast was the second in government-controlled areas of Syria in two days, shattering a sense of relative calm in government-controlled areas that had somewhat stabilized after major advances by troops against insurgents in different parts of the country with Russian and Iranian help.
Syrian businessman on US sanctions list hosted by UAE
BEIRUT (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has hosted a Syrian trade delegation led by a businessman and lawmaker on the U.S. Treasury sanctions list since the country's civil war erupted in 2011.
The high-profile meeting comes weeks after the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus for the first time in seven years __ a break with its US ally which shuns restoring ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
Israel confirms attacking Iran forces in Syria
In rare move, Israel confirms attacking Iran forces in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an extraordinary statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
The statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in the wake of the airport raid.
The Latest: Israel announces attacks on Iran forces in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):
In a very unusual move, the Israeli military has issued a statement saying it is attacking Iranian military targets in Syria. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel.
The army issued the statement early Monday, hours after Israel carried out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus international airport.
Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East
CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts.
The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian capital Damascus by evening, after a day of heavy rain and strong winds. All ports on the Syrian coast were closed due to the prevailing weather conditions.
Erdogan pledges Syria ‘safe zone’ as new UN envoy arrives
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Turkey's president said Tuesday that his troops will establish a 20-mile- (32-kilometer-) wide "safe zone" in northern Syria, adding that Turkey would seek logistic and financial assistance from the United States and other allies to create the zone.
The announcement by Recep Tayyip Erdogan came as the United Nations' new special envoy for Syria arrived in Damascus, his first visit to the war-torn country since he took over in January.