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Russia's Wobbly Stance on Syria

Tik Root | Posted 08.17.2012 | World
Tik Root

Given the regime's history of suppressing dissent, high mutual levels of mistrust and the failure of Annan plan, sincere dialogue between the sides appears to be a pipe dream at this point. So, where does this leave us?

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...

EYES ON SYRIA: The Week In Review

Posted 06.15.2012 | World

Each week, HuffPost World will provide the top stories out of Syria and a recap of events in the country's year-long uprising, as President Bashar Ass...

Russia Denies Talks On Post-Assad Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2012 | World

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW, June 15 (Reuters) - Russia is not discussing plans for a Syrian political transformation following the exit of...

Assad's Aide Speaks Out For First Time After Controversy

Posted 06.15.2012 | World

The young woman who achieved notoriety for a short stint as media adviser to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad downplayed the significance of her role ...

A Close Look At Syria's Russian Weapons

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

MOSCOW — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sparked controversy this week when she accused Russia of escalating the conflict in Syri...

U.N. Observers Enter Embattled Haffa

AP | BASSEM MROUE and DIAA HADID | Posted 08.14.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death greeted U.N. observers who entered the nearly deserted Sy...

WATCH: Amnesty Accuses Syria Of War Crimes

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

By Tim Castle and Tessa Unsworth LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organised attacks on to...

Putin Hits the "Re-Reset" Button With Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

All of Putin's bold defiance on behalf of the Assad regime is another wake-up call for this administration that he is determined to "re-reset" U.S.-Russian relations, and face down anyone who stands in the way of Russia reasserting its position in the Middle East.

The Right Path for Washington in Syria

Saul Landau | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Saul Landau

Washington should weigh in now with Russia, China and the western powers -- not Saudi Arabia and Qatar -- to pressure both sides in the Syrian conflict to stop shooting and start serious talking.

'If You Can't Call It A Civil War, There Are No Words To Describe It'

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian forces overran a mountain enclave near the Mediterranean coast Wednesday, seizing the territory back from rebels as a serious es...

Smuggled Arms Keep Fight Alive

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

By Mariam Karouny ISTANBUL, June 13 (Reuters) - Newly armed with mortars, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades smuggled across ...

In Official Syrian World, No Civil War

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

(Adds quotes, details and background) BEIRUT, June 13 (Reuters) - Syria's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that United Nations peace...

Russia Sends Assad Helicopters, Clinton Warns Of 'Escalation'

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 08.12.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Tuesday that Russia is sending attack helicopters to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and warne...

Syria Violence Intensifying, UN Says

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS, June 11 (Reuters) - The violence in Syria is getting worse as the military steps up assaults on civilian centers and the opposition in...

Syria's Assads Turned To West For Polished P.R. | BILL CARTER and AMY CHOZICK | Posted 08.11.2012 | Media

For some journalists, Syria has been one of the least hospitable countries in the Middle East, a place where reporters -- if they can get in -- are ro...

Syrian Regime Allegedly Using Helicopters Now

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.11.2012 | World

BEIRUT — The United States accused the Syrian government of using "new horrific tactics" Monday, as U.N. observers reported Syrian helicopters w...

'Mortars Came Down By The Dozens'

AP | DIAA HADID and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.10.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syria's main opposition group on Sunday picked a secular Kurd as its new leader after criticism that the former head was too autocratic...

Ten Reasons We Should Be Cautious About Military Intervention in Syria

Steven Strauss | Posted 08.09.2012 | World
Steven Strauss

The barbarity of Assad's regime in Syria has generated an understandable urge for a quick military solution. However, for the sakes Americans and Syrians, military intervention should be our last resort and should be carefully planned.

Reporter Accuses Syrian Rebels Of Luring Him Into Death Trap

AP | RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 08.08.2012 | Media

LONDON — A British journalist claims Syrian rebels set him up to die in no man's land near the Lebanese border, saying Friday he believes they w...

UN Observers in Syria Trigger Needed Reactions From Global Community

Peter Yeo | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

There is likely a long road ahead before we can truly enable Syria's political transition, and until then, innocent lives cry out for the global community to collectively speak out against a regime lacking in fundamental human rights.

'The Stench Of Flesh Is Still Strong'

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2012 | World

BEIRUT, June 8 (Reuters) - United Nations monitors entered the Syrian hamlet of Mazraat al-Qubeir on Friday, where opposition activists say at least...

The Missing Russian Deliveryman

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 08.08.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Kofi Annan was too diplomatic to say it in public, but his meaning as he "briefed" the United Nations General Assembly Thursday on the continuing strife in Syria was unmistakable: Russia has failed.

Annan Blames Syria For Peace Plan Failure

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS — International envoy Kofi Annan warned Thursday that Syria is drifting toward full-blown civil war and blamed the failure of his...

Video Shows Charred Bodies At Massacre Site

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

A video posted online by Syrian activists purports to show the aftermath of a pro-Assad attack on the village of Mazraat al-Qubair in Syria’s Hama p...