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Syrian Regime Launches Air Strikes, Warns Rebels Via Text Message

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 06.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT — After weeks of rebel gains in the south, the Syrian regime launched a counteroffensive on Sunday with widespread airstrikes and an oper...

Assad Warns Of 'Domino Effect' From Regime Change

AP | BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 06.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad warned the fall of his regime or the breakup of Syria will unleash a "domino effect" that will fuel Middle East ...

Syria Blames Oil Well Fires On Rebels

AP | Posted 05.31.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Heavy shelling in a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo sent civilians fleeing for their lives on Sunday, and the state news ag...

What You Need To Know 2 Years Into Syria's War

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

After more than two years of brutal conflict, there is no end in sight for the bloody war between the regime of President Bashar Assad and opposition ...

On Conflict's Second Anniversary, Syrian Rebels Say They 'We Will Not Give Up'

AP | ZEINA KARAM and KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.15.2013 | World

BEIRUT — On the second anniversary of Syria's uprising, there were only small protests and a few firecrackers defiantly popping in the capital o...

Opposition: 72 Found Executed & Burned In Village Near Aleppo

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

The Syrian opposition has accused government forces of having executed 72 people and burned their bodies in a village near the embattled northern city...

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

Fierce Clashes Engulf Syrian Air Base

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 03.05.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Twin airstrikes by government jets on a large, rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Thursday sheered the sides off apartment towers and lef...

Damascus Air Strike Kills And Wounds Dozens

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 03.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT -- Activists say dozens of people have been killed or wounded in an air raid on a gas station near the capital Damascus. The Britain-based S...

WATCH: Video Shows Stabbing And Stoning Blamed On Assad Militia

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Internet video posted by Syrian rebels appears to show fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stabbing two men to de...

Syria Using Scud Missiles Against Rebels

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.19.2013 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the Syrian government is continuing to fire Scud missiles at rebels and regime opponents as they mak...

Assad Still Has A Few Moves Left

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 02.13.2013 | World

BEIRUT — With rebels trying to penetrate Syria's capital, Damascus, President Bashar Assad may appear to be heading for a last stand as his weak...

Syria, Iran and the Specter of Sarin Gas

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

The most effective and notorious weapon in any arsenal of destruction was the existence and capabilities of the nerve gas sarin. That large stocks of sarin gas are held by the Syrian government is unnerving in the extreme.

Syrian Regime Agrees To Holiday Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 12.25.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Syria's army command said it will suspend military operations to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, declaring a ceas...

Assad Visits Aleppo, Orders More Troops

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is visiting the city of Aleppo to take a first-hand look at the fighting between governme...

Japanese Journalist Killed In Aleppo, Dozens Of Rebels Die Near Damascus

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.21.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A Syrian government official warned the United States Tuesday that military intervention in Syria could lead to regional turmoil as reg...

U.N. Slams Syrian Government Forces, Militias Over War Crimes

Reuters | Posted 10.15.2012 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and allied shabbiha militia have committed wa...

Sharks Bleeding Syria for its Carcass

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 10.08.2012 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

The West and its allies in the region have tried to avoid playing an ugly role in this bloodshed, but the pressures in and out of Syria are leading us to begin a descent into unconscionable interference.

Clinton: Assad Regime Will Not Survive

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.07.2012 | World

PRETORIA, South Africa — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, visiting the country with the world's highest rate of HIV infection, sa...

Major Bombings Against Assad Regime

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

-- A list of some of the major bombings in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March 2011: ...

Who Is Who In Assad's Inner Circle

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

(Reuters) - As fighting rages in Damascus, and the Assad family that has ruled Syria for four decades struggles for its life against a growing rebelli...

Syria's Shadowy Enforcer

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - The world saw only a handful of pictures of Assef Shawkat. Few knew what he really did, ...

Civilian Evacuations Ready, Says Syrian Government

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.19.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's government said Tuesday it was ready to act on a U.N. call to evacuate civilians trapped in the rebellious central city of Homs...

Homs In Dire Straits, Say Activists

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.17.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian troops intensified shelling of rebel-held neighborhoods in Homs Sunday according to activists who said humanitarian conditions i...

Why Kick Sand in Moscow's Face?

Eric Margolis | Posted 08.14.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Avoiding confrontations with a major nuclear power is obvious. Yet the United States and Russia are ignoring such common sense in their increasingly heated war of words over Syria's civil war.