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Syria Rebels

Syria Rebels Capture Key Village Amid Heavy Losses

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.21.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels went on the offensive in Syria's north Monday, seizing three villages and attacking a main supply road, trying to counter...

6 Children Killed As Syrian Regime Pounds North

AP | BARBARA SURK | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian government troops pounded rebel-held villages around the northern city of Idlib with rockets, artillery and airstrikes, killing ...

Russia Accuses Syrian Rebels Of Using Chemical Weapons

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN and EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 09.08.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Russian experts determined that Syrian rebels made sarin nerve gas and used it in a ...

Report: Congress Delays Aid To Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2013 | World

By Mark Hosenball and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - Congressional committees are holding up a plan to send U.S. weapons ...

Syrian Army Claims It Made Crucial Gains In Homs

AP | ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 09.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Egypt restricted the ability of Syrians to enter the country on Monday, with officials citing reports that a large number of Syrians we...

Islamist Rebels In Syria Ban Makeup And 'Immodest Dress' For Women

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

BEIRUT, July 1 (Reuters) - Islamist rebels in Syria's northern city of Aleppo issued an order on Monday banning women from dressing in what it consi...

Jordanian Air Force Pilot Joins Syrian Rebel Group

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 07.01.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- Relatives of a Jordanian air force pilot say he has joined al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, which is fighting in S...

Syrian Official: War Has Cost $15 Billion

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — More than two years of fighting in Syria's civil war has damaged some 9,000 state buildings and run up $15 billion in losses to ...

Syria Pummels Rebel Positions In Eastern Damascus

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2013 | World

BEIRUT, June 25 (Reuters) - Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad hit rebel-held eastern districts of Damascus on Tuesday with mortar bom...

Syrian Minister Slams U.S. Decision To Arm Rebels

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 08.24.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — The decision by the United States and its allies to arm rebel groups in Syria is "very dangerous" and will prolong the violenc...

Syrian Rebels Attack Damascus Security Compounds

Reuters | Posted 08.23.2013 | World

AMMAN, June 23 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels attacked two security compounds in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least five people, opposition activists i...

Commander Confirms: Syrian Rebels Received New Arms

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels said Friday they have received new weapons from friendly countries that could lead to changes on the ground and victories...

Obama Won't Specify U.S. Arms For Syria Rebels

AP | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

BERLIN -- President Barack Obama is refusing to describe the type of military support the U.S. will give to Syrian rebels even as he praises a decisio...

Syrian Rebels And Troops Clash Over Shiite Shrine

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.19.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Hezbollah fighters joined Syrian forces in battling rebels in a Damascus suburb that is home to a revered Shiite Muslim shrine, in a pu...

Arming the Syrian Rebels: A Terrible Idea

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Obama's proposal to take sides in the Syrian war is wrong. It is arrogant. It ignores our destructive history in the Middle East and the perception by all parties in the region that everything we do there is motivated by our blatant bias toward Israel.

White House: Will 'Good' Syrian Rebels Please Identify Yourselves So We Can Arm You?

Spencer Green | Posted 08.18.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

At a press conference this morning, White House officials requested that all the "good" Syrian rebels immediately identify themselves as such to the proper authorities so the United States can support them in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad.

Source: Saudis Sending Anti-Aircraft Missiles To Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

By Amena Bakr DUBAI, June 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad since early in Syria's conflict...

Syrian Army Pounds Rebels Awaiting Promised U.S. Weapons

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2013 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, June 15 (Reuters) - Syrian artillery and warplanes pounded rebel areas in Damascus on Saturday as President ...

France: No-Fly Zone In Syria Unlikely

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

(Adds details on help for rebels) PARIS, June 14 (Reuters) - France said on Friday that it was unlikely for now that a no-fly zone wou...

Syria Rebel: 'Assad Needs To Be Hit Hard'

Reuters | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels and activists say they fear President Bashar al-Assad's troops could r...

Crossing the Syrian Red Line Rubicon

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For all the ballyhooed determination to stand up for democratic change in the Middle East and pledges to never stand by when tens of thousands of innocent people are being massacred, Syria will regretably prove to be a major policy reversal on both counts.

If U.S. Does Not Arm Syrian Rebels, Others May

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - Among the consequences facing U.S. President Barack Obama if he decides against arm...

Rebels Accused Of Killing 60 Shiites In Eastern Syrian Town

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels, including Sunni extremists, stormed a village and battled pro-regime militiamen, killing more than 60 Shiite fighters an...

U.S. Could Decide To Arm Syrian Rebels As Early As This Week

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - The United States could make a decision as early as this week on whether to arm Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said ...

EU Tries To Keep Close Eye On European Fighters In Syria

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 06.07.2013 | World

LUXEMBOURG -- European Union nations pledged Friday to step up cooperation in an effort to keep the more than 600 EU citizens now fighting in Syria fr...