The latest on Syria. Officially the Syrian Arab Republic, the current state formed in the mid-20th century after Ottoman rule and a brief French mandate. Originally called the Republic of Syria when it declared a parliamentary independence in 1945, the country was renamed the Arab Republic of Syria in 1961. Bashar al-Assad has been president since 2000, taking over after his father, Hafez al-Assad, served as president from 1971 until 2000. al-Assad and his ruling political party, the Ba'ath Party, have been condemned internationally for human rights violations and censorship.
Assad—From Regional Pariah to Regional Participant
Arab-majority countries, including America's partners, aren't waiting for the U.S. to resume normal diplomatic relations with Syria. And they don't seem to care much about Washington's disapproval.
It Is Time To Get Our Troops Home From Syria
Members of Congress don't swear an oath to the people of Syria or Ukraine. They swear an oath to the people of the United States.
The Unstable Foundation of Earthquake Diplomacy
The humanitarian response to a natural disaster can be an opportunity to demonstrate the power of human solidarity among states and communities in conflict. While the levels of animosity and mistrust between Armenia and Turkey are great, they share the same volatile seismic geography that has killed tens of thousands of people in the last 40 years.
Watch woman who survived earthquake reunite with cat that saved her life
"I owe her a lot," Rumeysa Gürbüz, a survivor of the powerful earthquake in Turkey, said of her beloved pet cat Leyla after being reunited. "There is hope."
Magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Turkey was an "unusually big" aftershock
The aftershock occurred just two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the region, killing over 46,000 people.
U.S. and partners kill ISIS leader in Syria raid, 4 soldiers, dog wounded
The news came less than a week after another raid conducted by the U.S. and partnered forces that resulted in the death of an ISIS official.
"I'm in Turkey. When rescuers find someone, hundreds stand in silence"
It was absolutely otherworldly; I'm still processing it.
U.S. military shoots down suspected Iranian-made drone over Syrian oil site
The U.S. has previously charged Iran with seeking to expand its influence in Syria through support for militias that have targeted U.S. forces.
U.S. planning terror attacks inside Russia, Foreign Intelligence claims
The Foreign Intelligence Service claimed that in January, 60 "terrorists" were selected and were training at the U.S. al-Tanf base in Syria.
No, the Turkey earthquake didn't shift the entire country 10 feet
Some on social media are saying the whole country has "moved" since the 7.8 magnitude quake hit the region on Monday. Scientists explain what really happened.
Help Save Earthquake Victims in Turkey and Syria
We must keep supplies moving to the region to save lives.
Facing unrest, Iran credits U.S. wars in helping Islamic Republic survive
"The U.S. unintentionally helped Iran through aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and supporting instability in Syria," Iran's U.N. mission told Newsweek.
Fact Check: Does Turkey earthquake video show birds acting strange before?
The viral video, posted to Reddit, shows birds flying around in circles before all landings in the branches of the few nearby trees.
Turkish earthquake could have been building for thousands of years
Scientists believe that the earthquakes of 1513, 1872 and 1893 may have built up the stresses on the fault line.
The deadliest earthquakes in history
Over 11,000 people have been killed in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey and Northern Syria on Monday. Some past earthquakes have been even deadlier.
Syria says U.S. "politicizes" earthquake after refusal to send aid to Assad
Syria's U.N. Mission told Newsweek that the U.S. was "bragging about providing billions of dollars," while also "looting and plundering the Syrian resources."
Video shows dad reuniting with young daughter pulled from Syrian rubble
More than 6,000 have been killed by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, and the numbers are expected to rise.
U.S. and Russian rescue teams may come face to face after Turkey earthquake
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have both vowed to send aid and dispatch search-and-rescue teams to the stricken country.
As Russia, Iran, Arab states aid quake-hit Syria, U.S. vows no Assad talks
"It would be quite ironic ... for us to reach out to a government that has brutalized its people," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
Turkey earthquake "planetary geometry prediction" slammed by skeptics
There is no evidence that planetary alignment—or any other method—can accurately and systematically forecast earthquakes, scientists told Misinformation Watch.
Eerie prediction about Turkey earthquake goes viral
A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday, killing at least 1,300 people.
Turkey earthquake death toll likely to be in the thousands
More than 2,300 people have now been confirmed dead across Turkey and neighbouring Syria after a 7.8 magnitude tremor struck in the early hours of Monday.
Turkey earthquake videos show buildings collapse like a "house of cards"
Footage on social media captures the scenes of devastation after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey.
Facing drone strikes, Iran warns any U.S. military action means war
"There is no doubt that Iran possesses the capability to defend its security and interests," Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations told Newsweek.
Iran Is Attacking the U.S., So Why Aren't We Striking Back?
The United States is not quite done with war in the Middle East. In fact, coalition troops in Syria regularly fall under attack by Iranian-backed forces.
How Russia arming Iran may be game-changer for U.S., allies in Middle East
"Such a super-maneuverable air-superiority fighter [as the Russian SU-35] would boost Tehran's control over the Iranian airspace," an analyst told Newsweek.
Exclusive: As Iran builds air defense network in Syria, Israel bombs it
A U.S. ally source tells Newsweek Iran is "promoting the deployment of aerial defense capabilities on its behalf in Syria at a cost of tens of millions."
The U.S. Must Step in to Help the Kurds of Syria
The White House is suffering from tunnel vision on Ukraine (only made worse by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Washington, DC) and has forgotten another crucial theater of war and threat to U.S. interests: Syria.
As Turkey bombs U.S. partners in Syria, White House says Russia capitalizes
"The Russians will try to take advantage of whatever divisions they can for their own benefit," the National Security Council's John Kirby said.
Biden walks NATO tightrope with Turkey over wars in Syria and Ukraine
Two senior SDF officials warned that U.S. criticisms of Turkey's plans to launch a new ground war in Syria were not enough "to deter the Turks."