Hard-line Syrian foreign minister's heart surgery a success

Mar 15, 2014

Hard-line Syrian foreign minister's heart surgery a success

Syria’s foreign minister, a close confidant of President Bashar Assad and a staunch defender of the government, underwent a successful heart operation Friday, state media said. Walid al-Moallem, a veteran diplomat in his 70s who is known for his hard-line stance against the opposition, ...

Syria rebels defend dreams in Homs

Mar 12, 2014

Syria rebels defend dreams in Homs

Once hailed as the heroes of Syria’s revolution, Homs’ besieged, starved and abandoned rebels are now defending a shattered enclave, fearing their uprising will die if they are defeated. Homs was dubbed “the capital of the revolution” against President Bashar Assad after the uprising ...

Despite ongoing civil war, Assad readies for election

Mar 11, 2014

Despite ongoing civil war, Assad readies for election

After three years of grinding conflict, the destruction of whole city districts and an exodus of refugees all triggered by an uprising against his rule, President Bashar Assad is quietly preparing to be re-elected. The Syrian president has not yet officially announced whether he ...

Syrian health care system said to be near collapse

Mar 11, 2014

Syrian health care system said to be near collapse

Syria’s health care system is on the brink of collapse, with medics forced to engage in “brutal medical practices” in order to save lives: knocking out patients with metal bars because of lack of anesthesia, or amputating infants’ limbs for lack of other ways ...

Assad forces using starvation as 'a weapon of war,' Amnesty says

Mar 10, 2014

Assad forces using starvation as 'a weapon of war,' Amnesty says

The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday. In a report on the plight of Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, the rights watchdog said ...

U.N. panel extends Syria blame to world powers

Mar 6, 2014

U.N. panel extends Syria blame to world powers

Evidence shows chemical weapons used in two attacks came from the Syrian government’s stockpiles, a panel of U.N. investigators said Wednesday in a new report that needled world powers as deserving some of the blame for the country’s atrocities because of their inaction. The ...

Mar 1, 2014

Syria jihadis retreat after ultimatum

In a bid to protect their stronghold in the east of war-ravaged Syria, radical jihadists began withdrawing from northern parts of the country on Friday after a threat from rivals. Al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra has threatened the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with ...

Syria ships out mustard gas as watchdog urges faster action

Feb 27, 2014

Syria ships out mustard gas as watchdog urges faster action

Syria shipped out a fourth consignment of chemical weapons for destruction Wednesday, but an international watchdog urged swifter progress toward a missed turn-of-the-year deadline to surrender the most dangerous agents. The mustard gas loaded onto a cargo ship in the Mediterranean port of Latakia ...

Syrians set to overtake Afghans as world's biggest refugee group: U.N.

Feb 26, 2014

Syrians set to overtake Afghans as world's biggest refugee group: U.N.

Syrians could soon overtake Afghans as the world’s biggest refugee population, with their numbers expected to pass 4 million by year’s end, a top U.N. official said Tuesday. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres spoke as the international community sharply urged Syria to comply ...

A journey out of Homs

| Feb 15, 2014

A journey out of Homs

Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year military blockade, according to a rare firsthand account by a man evacuated during a truce last week. That ...

Car bomb outside mosque in Syria kills dozens

Feb 15, 2014

Car bomb outside mosque in Syria kills dozens

A car bomb blew up outside a mosque in a rebel-held village in southern Syria as worshippers were leaving after Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and filling clinics and hospitals with the wounded, anti-government activists said. The explosion in Yadouda charred vehicles parked ...