Mar 24, 2014

Syrian warplane shot down, Turkish leader says

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey’s airspace Sunday, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war. A spokesman for Syria’s military confirmed ...

Syrian Army says 93 rebels killed fleeing Crusader-era castle

Mar 22, 2014

Syrian Army says 93 rebels killed fleeing Crusader-era castle

The Syrian Army ousted rebels from a massive Crusader fortress after several hours of fierce fighting, killing at least 93 of them as they fled to neighboring Lebanon, an army commander told reporters on a government-led tour of the area Friday. Reporters were shown ...

Mar 19, 2014

Syria launches 'space agency' amid raging war

Syria’s government on Tuesday decided to establish a “space agency” to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart and devastated its economy. State news agency SANA said the Cabinet had approved a project to create the so-called Syrian ...

U.S. shutters Syrian Embassy in Washington

Mar 19, 2014

U.S. shutters Syrian Embassy in Washington

The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, requiring all personnel who are not legal U.S. residents to leave the country. The order, three years after the start of Syria’s bloody civil ...

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

Mar 19, 2014

War crimes evidence in Syria solid enough for indictment: U.N.

U.N. investigators said Tuesday they had expanded their list of suspected war criminals from both sides in Syria’s civil war and the evidence was solid enough to prepare any indictment. The U.N. inquiry has identified individuals, military units and security agencies as well as ...

107-year-old Syrian is reunited with family in Germany

Mar 18, 2014

107-year-old Syrian is reunited with family in Germany

A 107-year-old woman who fled the conflict in Syria has arrived in Germany to be reunited with her family, including her newborn great-great-granddaughter, officials said Monday. Sabria Khalaf fled her home in Syria seven months ago with her son, Kenan, traveling to Turkey and ...

Syrian forces set for assault on remaining rebel enclaves

Mar 18, 2014

Syrian forces set for assault on remaining rebel enclaves

Syrian regime forces were readying an assault Monday on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning a key opposition bastion. The capture of the town of Yabroud on Sunday by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters ...

Assad forces, allies seize Yabroud in strategic blow to Syrian rebels

Mar 17, 2014

Assad forces, allies seize Yabroud in strategic blow to Syrian rebels

Syria’s army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah seized full control of rebel bastion Yabroud on Sunday, dealing the opposition a strategic blow in the Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border. The army declared it had captured the opposition stronghold north of Damascus, in a symbolic victory ...

Syria conflict marks three-year anniversary amid offensive

Mar 16, 2014

Syria conflict marks three-year anniversary amid offensive

Syrian troops advanced in a major rebel-held town near the Lebanese border amid heavy bombardment from warplanes, artillery and tanks as the country’s bloody conflict marked its third anniversary Saturday, state media and activists said. The conflict, which began amid Arab Spring protests across ...

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, ...