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Swiss Hand Grenades Turn Up Where?

AP | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

BERLIN -- An investigation has concluded that Swiss hand grenades exported to the United Arab Emirates several years ago found their way to Syria afte...

Turkey Sends Newly-Born Syrian Twins Back To Border

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 09.08.2012 | World

BAB AL-SALAMEH, Syria -- Pregnant with twins, Fatima Abdallah survived shelling, hid under relatives' beds and went without food during a treacherous ...

U.S. Sends Agents, Diplomats To Syrian Borders

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 09.06.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is beefing up its presence along the Syrian border with Turkey. U.S. officials say they are sending more intelligence agents a...

Syrian Opposition Leader Calls For Post-Assad 'Marshall Plan'

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 11.04.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused both the Syrian government and the opposition Tuesday of large-scale human rights vi...

'People Fear For Their Lives Every Minute Of The Day'

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2012 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Syrian civilians' living conditions are worsening dramatically, as it becomes harder t...

Assad Wants More Time

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

BEIRUT — In a striking admission, President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that his armed forces will need time to defeat...

Syria Dramatically Ramps Up Deadly Airstrikes

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI and SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- Its forces stretched thin on multiple fronts, President Bashar Assad's regime has significantly increased its use of air power against Syria...

The Battle For Aleppo

Reuters | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Mariam Karouny AMMAN/BEIRUT, July 27 (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's artillery pounded rebel-held a...

Is A Breakaway State Assad's Last Resort?

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- In the recent sectarian violence in Syria, some observers see a grim pattern: Alawite fighters from President Bashar Assad's minority sect, ...

Defected Syrian General Speaks Out

Posted 07.24.2012 | World

By PAUL SCHEMM, The Associated Press BEIRUT — A top Syrian military commander, a close friend of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has confirmed his...

Assad Reshuffles Top Security Posts

Posted 09.23.2012 | World

By PAUL SCHEMM, The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria -- President Bashar Assad on Tuesday reshuffled the generals at the core of his regime's highl...

Iraq Opens All Borders To Syrian Refugees

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

AL-WALEED, Iraq, July 23 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told Iraq's border officials to allow Syrian refugees into the county, ...

Security Council Extends U.N. Monitor Mission In Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER and ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday renewing the 300-strong U.N. observer force in Syria for 30 ...

Russian Envoy To France: Assad Ready To Step Down

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

PARIS -- Russia's ambassador to France said Friday that he believes Syria's president is ready to step down "in a civilized way." But the Syrian gover...

Syria: Beyond the UN Veto

Richard N. Haass | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Richard N. Haass

The failure to renew the diplomatic mission being led by Kofi Annan (with its associated group of observers) is no great loss. The peace plan under which Annan was operating had and has no chance of being accepted.

Where Is Assad?

Posted 09.18.2012 | World

BEIRUT - Bashar Assad attended the swearing-in of his new defense minister Thursday, Syrian state TV said, the first sign of the president since an au...

T. E. Lawrence and Foreign Intervention in Syria

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

With growing international pressure for military intervention in Syria, T.E. Lawrence's analysis, although written by an outsider of an imperialist Western power, and almost a hundred years old, may caution us to think carefully.

Annan, Assad Hold Talks In Damascus

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2012 | World

By Marwan Makdesi DAMASCUS, July 9 (Reuters) - U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan said he and President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Monday on a...

Wikileaks Starts Publishing 2 Million Syria Emails

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2012 | World

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) - The WikiLeaks website said on Thursday it had begun publishing more than 2 million emails from Syrian government official...

President: Syria In Real State Of War

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2012 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, June 26 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared on Tuesday that his country was at war and ord...

In Syria, Civilians Pay Devastating Price

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 08.23.2012 | World

KHAN SHEIKHOUN, Syria — Her daughter, 8, often hides in a closet, terrified of flying bullets. Her son, 6, still asks for his father months afte...

Gunfire And Explosions Rock Syria's Homs

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 08.18.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian forces shelled the central city of Homs on Monday during a fierce offensive to root out rebels as the country's most important a...

Report: Troops Frighten Rebels Into Submission

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.13.2012 | World

Beirut — Syrian forces and militias dragged men from their homes, executing them and burning their bodies as their families watched – a ca...

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 ...

Angry Crowds Attack U.N. Observers In Syria, Shots Fired

AP | Posted 06.12.2012 | World

BEIRUT — Angry crowds blocked U.N. observers from reaching an embattled rebel-held town in Syria on Tuesday, hurling stones and metal rods at the mo...