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Syria Violence

Gruesome Turn For Damascus

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

MASNAA, Lebanon — After a bloody, weeklong siege in the Syrian capital, residents who stayed behind are facing hours-long lines for gasoline and...

Why Are Beijing and Moscow Backing Bashar?

Rajan Menon | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The tide does seem to have turned in the long war between Assad's forces and a motley, but increasingly potent, insurgency. What explains China and Russia's decision to back a regime that's begun to look like it's living on borrowed time?

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, ...

Jordan Tightens Border Security With Syria

AP | DALE GAVLAK | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's king has announced that security along the country's northern frontier has been tightened, but Syrian refugees fleeing viole...

Arab League Offers $100 Million To Aid Syrian Refugees

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2012 | World

DOHA, July 23 (Reuters) - The Arab League's ministerial committee on Syria has agreed to offer $100 million in aid to Syrian refugees, Qatar's prime...

Fight For Aleppo Has Begun, Say Syrian Rebels

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

BEIRUT — A new rebel group boasting some 1,000 fighters launched an operation Sunday to capture Syria's largest city, Aleppo, while government t...

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: Getting Worse in Tolerating the Intolerable?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 09.19.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The longer the carnage continues in Syria, the harder it will be for the families of at least 17,000 dead to seek a negotiated settlement rather than revenge.

Syria Sees Deadliest Day Of Fighting Since Start Of Uprising

AP | ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

By ALBERT AJI and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian troops and tanks on Friday drove rebels from a Damascus neighborhood wher...

Another Top Syrian Official Dies After Bomb Blast

AP | Posted 09.19.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- Syrian TV says the country's national security chief has died of wounds suffered in a rebel blast. Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar is the fou...

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.

Security Council Set To Vote On Extension Of Monitoring Mission In Syria

Reuters | Posted 09.18.2012 | World

DAMASCUS, July 19 (Reuters) - Major General Robert Mood left his hotel in Damascus on Thursday to fly to Geneva after a 90-day U.N. peace monitoring...

Russia Reassessment Critical After Syrian Officials' Killings

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The suicide attack Wednesday that killed Syria's defense minister and other top military officials, could not have been better timed to shake Russia's leaders out of their go-slow complacency toward forcing an end to the fighting there.

Fighting In Damascus Rages On

Reuters | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

BEIRUT, July 18 (Reuters) - Syrian forces hit rebel positions across the capital on Wednesday, state media said, shortly after Damascus vowed to pun...

Top Syrian Officials Killed In Damascus Blast

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

By BASSEM MROUE and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press BEIRUT -- A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting Wednesday in Damascus, kil...

Iraq Urges Its Citizens To Flee

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's government called Tuesday for all its citizens living in Syria to return home immediately to escape the escalating civil war af...

Russia Accuses West Of Blackmail

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 09.15.2012 | World

MOSCOW — Russia on Monday accused the West of effectively using blackmail to secure a new U.N. Security Council resolution that threatens sancti...

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.

Where Do Syrians Get Their Weapons From?

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

By Jonathan Saul and Mariam Karouny LONDON/BEIRUT, July 13 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels are smuggling small arms into Syria through a ne...

Videos Purport To Show Victims Of Syria Massacre

Posted 09.12.2012 | World

By BEN HUBBARD -- The Associated Press BEIRUT -- Syrian activists have posted videos they say show at least 17 of the dozens of people reportedly k...

Envoy 'Appalled' Over Reports Of New Massacre

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

BEIRUT -- International envoy Kofi Annan says he is "shocked and appalled" by reports of a mass killing in the Syrian village of Tremseh. Syrian ac...

Activists: More Than 200 Syrians Massacred

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Erika Solomon AMMAN/BEIRUT, July 13 (Reuters) - More than 200 Syrians, mostly civilians, were massacred in ...

'As Soon As The Chance Came, I Made A Run For It'

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis ANTAKYA, Turkey, July 12(Reuters) - As one of the Sunni Muslim soldiers who form the bulk of the Syrian army, ...

Annan Wants 'Consequences' If No Immediate Syria Cease-Fire

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 09.10.2012 | World

GENEVA — Syrian President Bashar Assad has discussed the possibility of forming a transitional government for his country as proposed by an inte...