Latest Syria News

  • Australia sending more troops to Iraq to train local forces 5 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will send more troops to Iraq to help train local security forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday. More »

  • Syrian army and Kurdish forces fight ISIL on two fronts
    Syrian army and Kurdish forces fight ISIL on two fronts 5 hours ago

    Fighting rages in the province of Hasakah, a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders. More »

  • Civilians killed and police wounded in Cairo bomb blast
    Civilians killed and police wounded in Cairo bomb blast 5 hours ago

    Little-known group claims responsibility for explosion near High Court in Egyptian capital that left two people dead. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday
    10 Things to Know for Tuesday 6 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More »

  • US will 'protect' Syrian rebels when time comes: envoy
    US will 'protect' Syrian rebels when time comes: envoy 8 hours ago

    The United States will be ready to "protect" moderate Syrian rebels possibly with air power once they enter into combat, a top US official said Monday. More »

  • Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad …
    Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decad … 9 hours ago

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday. Interviewed at the White House, Obama moved to dial back tensions over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on Tuesday opposing the Iran deal, saying it was a distraction that would not be "permanently destructive" to U.S. Israeli ties. Talks between major powers and Iran to restrict Tehran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for an easing of sanctions have reached a critical stage ahead of an end of March deadline for a framework deal and a June 30 date for a final agreement. More »

  • U.S., partners conduct 9 air strikes against Islamic State - task force 9 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its coalition partners conducted four air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five in Iraq on Sunday and Monday, according to the U.S. military. In a statement on Monday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said one strike near Dayr az Zawr in Syria hit a crude oil collection point. The others, near Kobani, destroyed a bunker and vehicle, and hit a tactical unit. In Iraq, air strikes near Al Asad, Bayji and Kirkuk hit tactical units, checkpoints, fighting positions, and boats and vehicles. ... More »

  • Watchdog: 2 Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed 9 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer. More »

  • Emwazi Was 'Vulnerable' At School: Ex-Teacher
    Emwazi Was 'Vulnerable' At School: Ex-Teacher 9 hours ago

    Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born Londoner unveiled as Islamic State fighter 'Jihadi John', has been described as a vulnerable pupil who needed the approval of others. A teacher, who was close to Emwazi from the age of 14 until he left Quintin Kyanston school in west London aged 18, said he was in other respects an ordinary pupil. More »

  • Only female mayor in history of Salt Lake City dies at 70
    Only female mayor in history of Salt Lake City dies at 70 10 hours ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Deedee Corradini, the only female mayor in the history of Salt Lake City who helped bring the Winter Olympics to Utah, has died. She was 70. More »

  • Donations dry up for IS group: US spy chief
    Donations dry up for IS group: US spy chief 10 hours ago

    Donations to Islamic State jihadists have dramatically declined in the wake of brutal executions by the group that have shocked public opinion in the Middle East, the chief of US intelligence said Monday. More »

  • Gunmen kill brother of Alawite politician in Lebanon
    Gunmen kill brother of Alawite politician in Lebanon 10 hours ago

    Gunmen killed a brother of the founder of Lebanon's main Alawite party in an attack in the country's north on Monday, security sources and a spokesman for the party said. More »

  • Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIL
    Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIL 11 hours ago

    Thousands of troops, Shia fighters and armed Sunni tribesmen launch large-scale offensive on Saddam Hussein's hometown. More »

  • U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned 11 hours ago

    About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday.     Clapper said not all those who went to Syria, where Islamic State militants and other factions are fighting each other and the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, had engaged in the Islamist campaign. Some might have been aid workers, he said.      The United States and its allies believe that more than 20,000 foreign fighters from more than 90 countries have gone to Syria. More »

  • Fallen to the IS: Iraqi and Syrian towns
    Fallen to the IS: Iraqi and Syrian towns 11 hours ago

    Below are the main towns and cities in Iraq and Syria which have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group: More »

  • Sweden eyes fingerprint scans to stop passport fraud
    Sweden eyes fingerprint scans to stop passport fraud 11 hours ago

    Sweden needs to beef up its border security to stop passport fraud, a government inquiry argued Monday as the country grapples with unprecedented levels of immigration. More »

  • Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
    Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State 11 hours ago

    By Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. The offensive is the biggest military operation in the province since the Sunni Islamist radicals seized swaths of north Iraq last June and advanced towards the capital Baghdad. Progress in Salahuddin will affect plans to recapture Mosul further north. An official from the U.S. ... More »

  • Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming
    Syria's civil war linked partly to drought, global warming 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming, a new study says. More »

  • Syria's opposition, rebels reject UN envoy's plan for Aleppo 12 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition and rebel factions in the northern city of Aleppo have rejected a proposal by the U.N. envoy to freeze fighting in parts of the city as the United Nations said Monday it will not stop seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict. More »

  • Russia's Lavrov says crimes against  Mideast Christians 'genocide&# …
    Russia's Lavrov says crimes against Mideast Christians 'genocide&# … 12 hours ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday crimes committed against Christians in the Middle East were tantamount to "genocide", joining other high-ranking diplomats in calling for action. More »

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay
    AP EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Guantanamo detainees struggle in Uruguay 12 hours ago

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Every day during the 12½ years he was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as a suspected al-Qaida operative, Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi dreamed of freedom. More »

  • Netanyahu, Iran, and what he wants out of his speech to Congress 12 hours ago

    The partisan politics around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to Congress about Iran tomorrow has been amply covered. Mr. Netanyahu's bid to sway Congress to oppose President Obama's effort to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear program has been painfully divisive. Netanyahu – whose apocalyptic predictions date back years – gave a flamboyant preview of his Congress speech this morning in Washington, at the annual meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. More »

  • Drought linked to Syria civil war
    Drought linked to Syria civil war 12 hours ago

    A record breaking drought may have helped push Syria into all-out civil war, according to new research. More »

  • EU pushing for unity to end row over Greek PM comments
    EU pushing for unity to end row over Greek PM comments 13 hours ago

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at the Syriza party headquarters in Athens on February 28, 2015 More »

  • Bomb blast in downtown Cairo kills 1, wounds 10 people
    Bomb blast in downtown Cairo kills 1, wounds 10 people 13 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — A midday bomb blast in a boulevard in downtown Cairo killed one person and wounded 10 on Monday, the health ministry said. Shortly afterward, a little-known group claimed responsibility for the attack. More »

  • New Saudi king meets Turkey leader amid thaw in relations
    New Saudi king meets Turkey leader amid thaw in relations 15 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a meeting that marks a thaw in diplomatic ties, King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday discussed regional issues such as the ongoing war in Syria, Iran nuclear talks and turmoil in Yemen. More »

  • Turkey's Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi seeks 'Sunni unity'
    Turkey's Erdogan in Riyadh as Saudi seeks 'Sunni unity' 15 hours ago

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived Monday in Riyadh for a visit at the king's invitation in what is seen as a Saudi bid to unify Sunnis against Iran and jihadists. More »

  • PM vows to tackle terror threat
    PM vows to tackle terror threat 15 hours ago

    David Cameron has insisted he will do "whatever it takes" to protect the UK from terrorists as the Government faced further questions over how the extremist known as "Jihadi John" was able to travel to Syria. More »

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say 15 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. More »

  • Why is ISIS threatening Twitter employees with 'lions'?
    Why is ISIS threatening Twitter employees with 'lions'? 16 hours ago

    The Islamic State is not happy with Twitter. On Sunday, supporters of the extremist militant group called for the death of company employees in response to Twitter’s blocking of social media accounts associated with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Buzzfeed reported. “We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing our accounts on Twitter, but we always come back,” the post continued. Social media has been a vital tool for ISIS propaganda and recruitment since at least June, when the militants’ campaign of terror began in Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Syrian, Kurdish forces battle IS in key border area
    Syrian, Kurdish forces battle IS in key border area 16 hours ago

    Syrian regime forces and Kurdish militia fought separate battles with the Islamic State group on Monday in a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, a monitoring group said. More »

  • Reports: Turkey detains 10 IS militants 16 hours ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish media reports say police have detained 10 suspected Islamic State militants in raids. More »

  • Beleaguered Hamas struggles to mend damaged Iran ties
    Beleaguered Hamas struggles to mend damaged Iran ties 17 hours ago

    After years of strained relations over the Syrian conflict, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to mend ties with its traditional backer Iran. But reconciliation is proving far from simple. More »

  • 'Jihadi John' born into stateless family in Kuwait
    'Jihadi John' born into stateless family in Kuwait 17 hours ago

    KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to a family of undocumented residents in an impoverished corner of oil-rich Kuwait, two members of the country's so-called stateless community said Monday. More »

  • Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel
    Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel 19 hours ago

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its unfair and biased focus on the Jewish State that could undermine its credibility. His remarks came as the Obama administration attempts to blunt complaints that it has not been strong enough in its support for Israel, criticism now centered on its pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. More »