Syrian civil war

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Syria Army Celebrates 'Total Recapture' of Damascus

Military in full control for first time since 2011

(Newser) - Syrian state TV says the military and police forces are celebrating recapturing the last neighborhoods in Damascus that were held by the rebels and ISIS militants. Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast footage of a ceremonial police motorcade entering the Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood with sirens blaring on Tuesday. The state broadcaster then showed... More »

Israel Hits 'Nearly All' Iranian Targets in Syria

It was biggest-ever confrontation between Israel, Iran

(Newser) - Israel's defense minister says the military has struck "nearly all" of the Iranian infrastructure sites in Syria. Avigdor Lieberman says Israel responded fiercely to an unprecedented rocket attack by Iranian forces in Syria against Israel. He says no one was harmed in Israel and all the rockets were... More »

Syria Slams 'US Aggression' as Missiles Hit Air Base

Activists say strike killed at least 14

(Newser) - In what Syria's state-run news agency says was probably an act of "American aggression," missiles hit an air base in central Syria early Monday. Syrian activists say the strike killed at least 14 people, including Iranian citizens and fighters with Iran-backed groups, the AP reports. The US... More »

In a Syrian Rebel-Held Town, a Fresh Horror

Rescuers say at least 40 are dead in apparent chemical attack

(Newser) - Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital has killed at least 40 people, reports the AP . The alleged attack in Douma occurred late Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce... More »

Children Are 'Dying Today in Full View of the World'

Rescue workers say Ghouta violence is 'insane'

(Newser) - A top UN aid official appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian backers for a cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta on Thursday when a second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the enclave in two, creating an evolving, unpredictable situation on the ground.... More »

UNICEF on Syria: 'We No Longer Have the Words'

Neighborhood of Eastern Ghouta is the latest flashpoint in civil war

(Newser) - The name Eastern Ghouta may not be a familiar one, but the neighborhood near the Syrian capital of Damascus is now making international headlines for all the wrong reasons. The enclave of 22 communities happens to be the last opposition-controlled region near the capital, and it's been the target... More »

US Launches Airstrikes on Syrian Regime-Backed Troops

It was self-defense, officials say

(Newser) - The US military launched airstrikes on Syrian government-backed troops Wednesday after as many as 500 attackers began what a US military official says appeared to be a coordinated assault on Syrian opposition forces accompanied by US advisers in Deir el-Zour province. The official says the strikes were in self-defense after... More »

US Speaks Out After Suspected Syria Chemical Attack

Officials suspect regime is 'evolving' new weapons

(Newser) - The Syrian regime not only kept some of its chemical weapons after a 2013 disarmament deal, it has apparently "evolved" new types of weapons and continues to use them on rebel-held civilian areas, Trump administration officials warn. The officials, speaking under condition of anonymity, tell Reuters that the administration... More »

'Capital of the Revolution' Now Looks Like This

4 years later, Homs is in sorry shape

(Newser) - Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent's apartment in Homs. The 38-year-old English-language teacher, who works in Damascus, visits by bus once a week to spend two days with her... More »

Study: US-Bought Weapons Quickly Landed in ISIS Hands

Government gave weapons to Syrian rebels

(Newser) - Weapons supplied by the US and Saudi governments to Syrian rebel groups landed in the hands of ISIS fighters, in some cases in a matter of just weeks, according to a Conflict Armament Research study. The organization's study of more than 40,000 items retrieved from ISIS positions in... More »

'The City Is Completely Liberated From Terrorism'

ISIS loses control of Deir ez-Zour in Syria

(Newser) - The Syrian army has liberated the eastern city of Deir ez-Zour from ISIS, according to Syrian state media. Friday's report says the military is now in full control of the long-contested city, which ISIS has controlled since 2014 and which the BBC calls ISIS' "last major stronghold" in... More »

Syria: Israeli Air Raid Killed 2 Soldiers

Regime says missiles were fired from Lebanese air space

(Newser) - The Syrian army says an Israeli air raid on a military position in western Syria has killed two soldiers and caused material damage. The army says the attack early Thursday hit a facility near the western town of Masyaf, close to the Mediterranean coast. The army says the Israeli warplanes... More »

Syria's First Trade Fair Since War Began Ends in Tragedy

Shelling kills 4, wounds 4 others

(Newser) - Activists and a local journalist say a shell has hit Syria's first international trade fair since the war broke out six years ago, killing and wounding several people. Sunday's shelling comes three days after the Syrian government opened the international trade fair, an event hailed by officials as... More »

US Issues Unprecedented 'Pre-Warning' to Syria

White House warns Assad's regime about carrying out another chemical attack

(Newser) - President Bashar al-Assad's regime will pay a "heavy price" if it carries out another chemical weapons attack in Syria, the White House said in an unusual warning Monday night. The White House statement said the US has "identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack" that would... More »

US Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft for First Time

It was 'collective self-defense,' Pentagon says

(Newser) - The US military shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet Sunday that bombed local forces aligned with the Americans in the fight against ISIS militants, an action that appeared to mark a new escalation of the conflict. The US had not shot down a Syrian regime aircraft before Sunday'... More »

Syrian Boy in Iconic Photo Resurfaces

Father says rebels used him as propaganda tool

(Newser) - The Syrian boy who drew worldwide attention last August after he was bloodied by an airstrike in Aleppo has resurfaced looking like any other healthy 5-year-old. But some are cautioning that looks can be deceiving. In interviews with pro-government outlets —including reporter Kinana Allouche , who once shared a selfie... More »

Fresh Airstrikes Hit Town Devastated by Chemical Attack

N. Korea calls US strike 'unforgivable'

(Newser) - North Korea has stepped up its anti-American rhetoric even more after the US strike on Syria, a country it considers a close ally. In a blistering statement issued Saturday, Pyongyang denounced the strike as " a clear and unforgivable act of aggression" that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons... More »

Russia: US Strike on Syria an 'Act of Aggression'

Pentagon says Russian forces were warned

(Newser) - The US hit a Syrian air base with almost 60 Tomahawk missiles early Friday in what President Trump says was a response to a chemical attack on civilians—and what Russia and Syria say was an act of aggression. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin told reporters Friday that Putin considers... More »

UN: Syria's Children Are at 'Rock Bottom'

New report says 2016 was worst year yet

(Newser) - In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday, warning that the situation has hit "rock bottom." There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds,... More »

Amnesty: Horrors at Syrian Prison Include Weekly Mass Hangings

Report details up to 13K executions at Saydnaya Prison

(Newser) - Every week, sometimes twice a week, a military facility in Syria executes more people than the United States executes in a year, according to a hard-hitting Amnesty International report on the "human slaughterhouse" that is Saydnaya Prison. Syria has been secretly killing up to 50 people at a time,... More »

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