Jun 24, 2014

Syria teens 'recruited to fight,' report says

Syrian rebel factions have recruited teenagers as young as 15 to fight in the country’s civil war, using them in roles ranging from soldiers and snipers to stretcher bearers and suicide bombers, a rights group said. Human Rights Watch said rebel groups across the ...

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Jun 24, 2014

Syria hands over last declared chemical weapons

Syria finished handing over to Western powers Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes. The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international ...

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

Jun 22, 2014

Iraqi, Syria conflicts feed off each other

In a reflection of how intertwined the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become, thousands of Shiite Iraqi militiamen helping President Bashar Assad crush the Sunni-led uprising against him are returning home, putting a strain on the overstretched Syrian military as it struggles to ...

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Jun 11, 2014

Assad at top of ICC war crimes suspect list

Syrian President Bashar Assad tops a list of 20 sample war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels drafted by experts for prosecution someday, a former international war crimes prosecutor said Tuesday. The list has been handed to the International Criminal Court, citing for ...

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Jun 10, 2014

Syria's Assad announces wide-ranging prisoner amnesty

Syrian President Bashar Assad announced an unprecedented prisoner amnesty Monday, less than a week after his re-election, the most wide-ranging since the revolt against him began. Announced five days after Assad was returned to office with nearly 90 percent of the votes in a ...

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 ...