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Syria Crackdown

What I Learned On The Ground In Syria

Ming Holden | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Ming Holden

I am anti-war. That's precisely why I support a US strike in Syria.

Amid Battle Cries: One Question

David Freudberg | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
David Freudberg

When all is said and done, when the chain reaction of events from an American strike on Syria has played out, how many more innocent men, women and children will have been killed or injured physically and psychologically? Alternatively, it is fair to ask how many will have been spared?

Syria Denies Reports Of Chemical Weapons Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Syria denied reports on Wednesday that chemical weapons had been used in an attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus whi...

Activists Accuse Syrian Forces Of Launching Gas Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

(adds details of bombardment) BEIRUT, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Syrian activists accused forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesd...

Syrian Civil War: Russia Forges Risky Ties With Islamists

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Russian President Vladimir Putin is countering foreign criticism of his pro-Assad policy and Russia's declining credibility in sections of Arab public opinion by forging ties with Islamist detractors.

Civil War in Syria: The Spillover Threat

James Dorsey | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Water tankers line the unpaved road outside a pre-fab United Nations meeting room in Za'atari, the Syrian refugee camp in a desert just south of the Jordanian-Syrian border that is home to 110,000 escapees from the brutal war in Syria.

Syria Bags Pyrrhic Victory on the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 02.21.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Supporters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad portrayed this weekend's winning of the West Asian soccer championship by defeating Iraq as a unifying,...

A Must Read: Decade of Lost Chances

Sami Moubayed | Posted 02.19.2013 | Books
Sami Moubayed

An avalanche of Syria books are on the market, nearly all written in haste, filled with speculation and predictions of dubious value, and highly commercial in nature. A refreshing exception is Carsten Wieland's book Syria: A Decade of Lost Chances.

'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...

Number Of Syrians Fleeing To Turkey Tops 50,000

Reuters | Posted 10.08.2012 | World

ISTANBUL, Aug 9 (Reuters) - More than 2,000 people fled violence in Syria to reach neighbouring Turkey in the past two days, bringing the total numb...

Syria's Christians, Caught in the Middle of Worsening Chaos

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Kurt J. Werthmuller

Members of Syria's diverse Christian communities are finding themselves engulfed in the fog of war and increasingly targeted.

What the Syria 62 Do Not Want Us to Remember

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Maybe the Syria letter-writers should rewrite their letter, and address it to Nuri Al-Maliki and Jalal Talabani, urging them to enable the creation of a "safe zone" along the Iraqi-Syrian border, something that could prove to be the tipping point in the Syrian civil war.

Are We in the Final Battle for Damascus?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.15.2012 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

It has been in the making, as consistently predicted in this blog, and now it is finally happening. The Sunni uprising against the Alawite-dominated regime of Bashar Assad is fast approaching the point of decision.

Syria Accused Of Running Torture Centers

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and ...

Helicopter Gunships Bombard Syrian Town

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis ANTAKYA, Turkey, June 29 (Reuters) - Helicopter gunships bombarded a strategic town in northern Syria overnight...

White House Condemns All Violence In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.27.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday condemned all acts of violence in Syria, including attacks by insurgents on supporters ...

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Reportedly Paying Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, June 23 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Qatar are paying salaries to rebel forces fighting in the Syrian revolt against President...

U.N.: More Than 1.5 Million Syrians Need Humanitarian Help

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2012 | World

GENEVA, June 22 (Reuters) - The number of people needing humanitarian assistance in Syria has risen to 1.5 million from the previous estimate of 1 m...

Red Cross Retreats From Embattled Syrian City

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

GENEVA, June 21 (Reuters) - Aid workers hoping to evacuate trapped civilians and wounded were unable to enter hard-hit areas of the Syrian city of H...

Obama, Putin Meet In Mexico

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2012 | World

By Matt Spetalnick and Gleb Bryanski LOS CABOS, Mexico, June 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir...

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...

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...

A Sleeping Dragon Awakes: Kurds Take Center Stage in West Asia

James Dorsey | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
James Dorsey

With no end to the violence in sight, the likelihood that Syria will further fragment politically and the possibility that the revolt will eventually undermine the country's territorial integrity, Syrian Kurds could well see a chance to carve out a political entity of their own on the model of Iraqi Kurdistan.

UN Investigators See Traces Of Syria Massacre

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

(Adds location in headline) UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (Reuters) - U.N. observers who on Friday visited the site of a reported massacre in...

Assad's Ruthless 'Ghosts' Spread Fear

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Tattooed youths with AK-47s descend from hilltops onto villages pounded by Syrian art...