Mar 2, 2015

U.S.-backed Syria rebel group dissolves itself after losses

One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle that saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. Hazzm is one of the last ...

Feb 22, 2015

Suicide bomber kills four in Assad clan's hometown

A suicide bomber driving an ambulance killed four people Sunday in an unprecedented attack on a hospital that took Syria’s civil war to the ruling Assad clan’s hometown for the first time, a monitoring group said. The attack came as the Syrian Observatory for ...

Feb 18, 2015

Turkey to help U.S. train and equip Syrian opposition fighters

The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday, with Ankara predicting a signing in days. The U.S. military is planning ...

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan

Feb 12, 2015

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan

Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters swept south of the capital Damascus on Wednesday, seizing strategic hills and villages from rebels and a local al-Qaida affiliate near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. State media and opposition activists said the surprise counteroffensive is aimed at ...

Syrians 'informed' about IS airstrikes

Feb 10, 2015

Syrians 'informed' about IS airstrikes

Damascus receives “information” about airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria, President Bashar Assad said in an interview published Tuesday. “Sometimes, they convey a message, a general message,” he said in an interview with the BBC in Damascus. “There ...

Syria's bloody civil war ignored amid Islamic State horrors

Feb 7, 2015

Syria's bloody civil war ignored amid Islamic State horrors

The world may be gripped by the horrors perpetrated by the Islamic State group, but a wider bloodbath provoked by Syria’s civil war is continuing unabated, with several hundred people killed in the past week alone. Syrian opposition activists said Friday that the government ...

Jan 16, 2015

Hezbollah chief threatens to attack Israel over Syria strikes

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah threatened in an interview Thursday to retaliate against Israel for repeated strikes on Syria and said he has missiles that can hit the Jewish state. Nasrallah told Al-Mayadeen television that his powerful Shiite movement has had Iranian Fateh-110 missiles that ...