Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

Jun 3, 2014

Once near defeat, Assad reasserts himself

It was not so long ago that Bashar Assad’s enemies thought he was finished. In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried forces. His government had lost big chunks ...

Little known about American suicide bomber in Syria

Jun 1, 2014

Little known about American suicide bomber in Syria

The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Florida and attended several colleges before dropping out and moving abroad. U.S. officials identified the bomber as Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha but have said little else. Abu-Salha was 22, according ...

Syrians fret over taste of war food

| May 31, 2014

Syrians fret over taste of war food

As Syria approaches a surreal presidential election in the midst of civil war, the capital has avoided the worst of the conflict but reminders are increasingly coming out the water taps and appearing on the dinner table, to the dismay of Damascenes. Before the ...

U.S. confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

May 31, 2014

U.S. confirms American carried out Syria suicide bombing

An American fighting for a hard-line Islamist group carried out a deadly suicide bombing, U.S. officials said Friday, in the first such case in the war. The confirmation came amid growing fears over the flood of foreigners into Syria, with no end in sight ...

Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

May 29, 2014

Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

A convoy of chemical weapons inspectors came under attack Tuesday while traveling to the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria, but all staff members were safe, the international watchdog agency said. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been ...

U.S. weighs training Syrian rebels

May 28, 2014

U.S. weighs training Syrian rebels

In an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to Syrian rebels seeking military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, the White House may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate forces. President Barack Obama is ...

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

May 25, 2014

Decisive battle looms for Syrian rebels in Aleppo

by Martin Chulov

High spring in Syria’s largest city and the final battle has arrived. From his vantage point on a front line in Aleppo’s northeast, Abu Bilal, a rebel commander, had spent the past month staring at a ridge line about a kilometer away that marked ...

Tartus in Syria, a reservoir of 'martyrs' for Bashar Assad

May 20, 2014

Tartus in Syria, a reservoir of 'martyrs' for Bashar Assad

Tartus has itself largely escaped the conflict in Syria, but posters of its sons killed fighting for the regime elsewhere in the country line the western city’s main road. A wall in the central bus station is a tapestry of pictures of the dead ...

Paris calls on U.N. to refer Syrian war to the ICC

May 13, 2014

Paris calls on U.N. to refer Syrian war to the ICC

France has asked the U.N. Security Council to refer the war in Syria to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible crimes against humanity and war crimes. The proposed resolution, circulated to all council members Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, condemns ...

Last Syria rebels leave Homs; residents return to devastated city

May 10, 2014

Last Syria rebels leave Homs; residents return to devastated city

The Syrian government was Saturday enjoying a symbolic victory as civilians began trickling back into the rubble of Homs’ Old City after the last rebels left under an evacuation deal. The pullout, completed Friday, leaves the rebels confined to a single district on the ...