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 ...

Jan 5, 2015

Western-backed Syrian opposition body elects new leadership

Syria’s Western-backed political opposition group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has elected a new presidential committee and a president widely seen as not tied to any of the body’s international sponsors. Despite having tenuous links with fighters on the ground ...

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Jan 2, 2015

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country’s civil war, spending New Year’s Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood, state media said Thursday. State TV footage showed Assad having dinner of baked beans ...