Apr 16, 2014

Syria rebels 'get U.S.-made missiles'

Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad for the first time received at least 20 U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official said Tuesday. “Moderate, well-organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than ...

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

Apr 15, 2014

With gruesome images, UNSC to see Syria savagery

The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. On Tuesday, the U.N. Security Council ...

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

Apr 14, 2014

Assad says Syria's civil war turning in regime's favor

President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the war that has torn Syria apart for three years and cost more than 150,000 lives is turning in the government’s favor, state news agency SANA reported. “This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in ...

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

Apr 13, 2014

In Assad's coastal heartland, Syrian conflict creeps closer

For three years, residents of Syria’s Mediterranean provinces have watched from their coastal sanctuary as civil war raging further inland tore the country apart, killing tens of thousands of people and devastating historic cities. But a 3-week-old offensive by rebel fighters in the north ...

More poison gas claims emerge in Syrian civil war

Apr 13, 2014

More poison gas claims emerge in Syrian civil war

Both sides in Syria’s bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country of chemical weapons. What exactly happened Friday ...

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

Apr 9, 2014

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday blamed approval of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem for derailing peace talks with Palestinians, a charge that pricked Israeli officials and sent aides into damage control. The Israeli government announced a major expansion of settlement construction ...

Lebanon marks 'devastating' milestone with millionth refugee

Apr 4, 2014

Lebanon marks "devastating" milestone with millionth refugee

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon officially topped 1 million on Thursday, highlighting the growing humanitarian catastrophe caused by Syria’s civil war and the huge burden placed on its poorly prepared neighbors. The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR marked what ...

Mar 26, 2014

Arab leaders air deep differences during summit

Arab leaders openly feuded over the region’s most intractable problems at their annual summit on Tuesday, particularly the inability to resolve Syria’s civil war and anger at Qatar for its support of the Muslim Brotherhood. A day of speeches at an opulent Kuwaiti royal ...